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Directed by – Anurag Kashyap
Produced by – Aanand L. Rai, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap
Starring – Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Arora, Ashnoor Kaur, Pavan Malhotra, Gurpreet Bhangu
The tagline of the film reads, ‘Love isn’t complicated, people are’ & that’s exactly what filmmaker Anurag Kashyap tries to explain through his characters- Vicky (Vicky Kaushal), Rumi (Taapsee Pannu) and Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan).
Vicky and Rumi are madly in love with each. ‘Fyaar’ as they like to call it. Things go hunky-dory for this ‘much-in-love, much-in-lust pair’ until they are caught red-handed in Rumi’s bedroom. Of course, ‘vyaah kara lo iska’ is the next thing that you get to hear in such instances and so, Rumi asks Vicky to visit her house with their marriage proposal. Instead, he develops a cold feet and asks her questions like, when they had really discussed marriage before. Solution two- elopement. But that too doesn’t work out when Rumi ends up chiding Vicky for his erratic and irreponsible behaviour.
Their toxic love story makes space for a third person in their relationship in the form of Robbie- a perfect husband material who falls in love with Rumi at first sight. He is everything that Vicky isn’t. Heartbroken with Vicky’s lack of commitment, Rumi steps into a rebound by tying the knot with Robbie in an arranged marriage set-up. Soon, Vicky pops up in the picture again owing up his mistakes. Will Rumi reconcile with him or choose to move on in her life with Robbie? The rest of the film revolves around this plot.
Speaking about the performances, Taapsee Pannu as the free-spirited Rumi steals away your heart. Rumi means ‘mystic’ and the actress sticks true to that throughout the film. Vicky Kaushal’s volatile act as the spunky Vicky Sandhu aka DJ Sandz engulfs you completely. Last but not the least, Abhishek Bachchan leaves an indelible impression with his restrainted performance.
He lets his silence speak volumes in many of his scenes. Sylvester Fonseca’s cinematography perfectly captures the bylanes of Punjab and is a character in itself. Amit Trivedi’s brilliant music accompanies the characters more like a shadow to lend various layers to the story-telling. The songs of Manmarziyaan blend beautifully with the narrative.