Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Review

"Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety" featuring (left to right) Sunny Singh, Nushrat Bharucha and Kartik Aaryan is a light entertainer even for those who may not exactly relish the unconventional end. (photo provided)

T-Series and Luv Films present “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”

Produced by: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg

Directed by: Luv Ranjan

Written by: Rahul Mody & Luv Ranjan

Music: Hans Raj Hans, Zack Knight, Rochak Kohli, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Amaal Mallik, Guru Randhawa & Saurabh-Vaibhav

Starring: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh, Ishita Raj, Alok Nath, Virendra Saxena, Deepika Amin, Ayesha Raza, Pawan Chopra, Rajesh Jais, Madhumalti Kapoor, Pritam Jaiswal, Sp. App.: Sonnalli Seygall and others

Do not think much and you will enjoy this entertainer, though compared to Ranjan’s last film “Pyaar Ka PunchNama 2” it falls short by a fair margin. The unconventional end seems to be designed more for a sequel but casts a spell on impressionable audiences as something quite “amazing” (sic) in Hindi cinema.

First and foremost, Luv Ranjan’s approach is that he is telling a story he wants to in his way and that he wants to be typecast now as a misogynist filmmaker who cannot ever see anything good or noble in a modern young woman.

The film opens with Titu (Sunny Singh) crying over an over-demanding, over-suspicious girlfriend Pihu (Ishita Raj) and his bro-like childhood friend and ally Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) telling him how to get rid of her. Sonu is an orphaned child whose mother and Titu’s mother were best friends, and now Sonu lives with them.

Over time, Sonu develops a maternal and very protective instinct for Titu, especially with respect to the many girlfriends with whom he keeps getting entangled. Sonu himself lives by the “needs of any man” (reads sex) and abhors the idea of being committed to any single woman. So when Titu gets engaged to Ms. Perfect, Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha), he instinctively senses a rat. His initial efforts are almost caddish – he tries various ways of antagonizing the girl and trying to wean Titu off, but Sweety almost wins him over by saying that she always felt that along with a fabulous husband-to-be, she has also now got a brother.

Titu’s family is filthy rich, with a feisty grandma (Madhumalti Kapoor) and grandpa (Alok Nath), his brother-like partner-in-arms Lalu Kaka (Virendra Saxena), his mother (Ayesha Raza) and father (Pawan Chopra), and at one stage something happens that confirms Sonu’s worst suspicions about Sweety. He now decides to separate Titu from his latest “mistake” while the girl knows what he is up to and decides to stymie his plans.

The entire film, to be fair, goes like a breeze, though the songs, not all original compositions, come and go, with one song composed by Rochak Kohli, “Main Tera Yaar Hoon” standing out in the frequent, noisy and Punjabi-heavy mélange. The end is something completely unexpected, but without giving spoilers, something Sweety confides to Sonu before interval point makes zero logic and sense when we see the graph of her character and the intensity of Sonu’s and Titu’s bromance.

A special pat for cinematographer Sudhir K. Chaudhary, for Delhi has never looked so rich, and Amsterdam is enthralling. Hitesh Sonik’s background score is cerebral and fittingly merges into the background while doing its job.

The film gets a lot of teeth from its actors. Kartik, in yet another similar kind of role as in the “…P:unch-Nama” series, is up to his usual mark, charming in an impish way, while Nushrat Bharucha, though a shade repetitious in her expressions, matches fire with fire in their interactions. Sunny Singh is effective in his low-key role of Titu because of his understated sincerity. Ishita Raj is as charming and effortless as she was in “Pyaar Ka…2,” in which she outclassed the other lead actresses.

However, despite being in the supporting cadre, it is the veterans who steal the show and lift this film. Alok Nath, in the image-smashing role of a quirky and dominated patriarch who loves his drink, is simply marvelous. In all his melodramatic roles for over three decades, this side of his persona was never exposed!

Madhumalti Kapoor as the Dadi, Ayesha Raza as the doughty mother, Virendra Saxena as Lalu Kaka and Pawan Chopra as Titu’s father are well-cast and contribute much to the film. A special mention must be made of Pritam Jaiswal as the angelic servant boy Babu.

Though unlike “Pyaar Ka Punch-Nama 2” there is nothing that warrants a repeat watch (that film also had good music), this light entertainer is a one-time visit, even for those who may not exactly relish the end.

Rating: ***

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Review

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