Badhaai Ho: A comic family drama about why sex is off-limits for the middle-aged

Badhaai Ho directed by Amit Sharma is a comic drama about a middle-aged couple with two grown-up sons faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Talkietive Reviews bring you the 5 Good Things to watch out for, in the film.

1. Congratulations & Celebrations: The title of the movie Badhaai Ho (congratulations) is a colloquial north Indian greeting often used on auspicious announcements like news of a wedding or, in this instance, the arrival of a newborn to the family. The premise about a middle-aged middle-class couple facing an unexpected pregnancy and the mayhem that breaks loose around them is refreshing even though we have seen similar experiments of the kind in Vicky Donor or Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.

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2. The Write Team: It takes a deft hand to tackle a subject like this without slipping into the realm of mundane or melodrama. Akshat Ghildial, Jyoti Kapoor and Shantanu Srivastava narrate the story of a middle-aged couple dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and their family’s reaction to the happy announcement, with great comic flair.

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The screenplay adequately captures the middle-class quirks and double standards with humor that is endearing and witty. One such scene is the instance when Ayushmann Khurrana’s character Nakul while getting intimate with his girlfriend Renee, played by Sanya Malhotra, protests “Yeh bhi koi mummy -papa ke karne ki cheez hai?”

3. Ensemble Cast: For a well-written story to resonate with the audience, good actors who can sink their teeth into their roles, are an essential prerequisite. Ayushmann Khurrana (Nakul), the star of the film is sincere in his portrayal. After his performances in acclaimed off-beat movies set in a middle-class urban milieu like Vicky Donor, Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Khurrana adds another feather to his cap. Actor Gajraj Rao as Nakul’s father, Jeetender, stands out in the film. From playing the considerate husband to a perplexed father and then a mildly smug gent (about his virility) he achieves it all with consummate ease. Surekha Sikri as the nagging amma who has the last word is hilarious throughout the film also stands out.

4. Cut Above the Rest: Film editor Dev Rao Jadhav does an excellent job of making scenes stand out without using the tried and tested tropes for pushing emotional buttons. For instance, the scene in which Nakul breaks up with his girlfriend Renee, is not extended through soulful walks in the sunset with accompanying background score. Jadhav keeps it succinct.

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5. Director’s Cut: Amit Sharma who previously directed Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha starrer Tevar, has come a long way. Drawing excellent performances from his actors and delivering a successful and enjoyable family drama, Sharma is clearly a young directorial talent to watch out for.

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