Content is king and Amit Sharma’s Badhaai Ho proves that by providing excellent content to the audience. The comedy-drama film is laced with one-liners that will keep you engrossed which is a different thing for a movie that revolves around the arrival of a new kid in the family of 4, with the father nearing retirement age and the mother too old to bear a child.
Shown from the perspective of the elder child Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana), who also has a girlfriend, a job and a life, Badhaai Ho makes you understand a lot of things about life, as well as bring a smile on the audience’s face.
One of the reasons why Badhaai Ho has done well at the box office is because the content is relatable; the first scene after the kids find out that their parents are expecting their third child was exceptional with the expressions being spot on by Ayushmann Khurrana.
He excels at doing such roles in films and entertains the audience as the guy who is ashamed of his parents, stays away from his home and office since he doesn’t want to let anyone congratulate him and avoids his girlfriend (Sanya Malhotra) just because he is too embarrassed to tell her about his family.
However, when he realizes his mistake, his views change and he becomes a reformed man who becomes the ideal son and brother for his household.
The film seems to have been inspired by a PTV play from the 90s Neeli Dhoop that was written by Bushra Ansari and featured Sajid Hasan and the writer in the main lead who were expecting a child after becoming grandparents.
Here, the story has been told from the elder boy’s point of view making it a little different and entertaining for the audience. Acting by all from the parents (Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao) to Nukal’s girlfriend Renee (Sanya Malhotra) and dadi (Surekha Sikri) is outstanding as they keep the audience involved in the story with their priceless expressions and dialogue delivery.
The writer and director also do a commendable job considering they make a whole film out of a news item that too from the weird section of the newspaper.
It is because of the perfect casting and brilliant execution of the script that you feel like part of the onscreen family. Watch the film if you can laugh on yourself because that’s the best way to be entertained!
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