A bittersweet Bollywood comedy of self-discovery- Variety
I love a good feel good film and this 2014 comedy directed Vikas Bahl is no disappointment. You get a funny coming of age story for a young indian girl named Rani who is set to marry the handsome Vijay but lo and behold two days before the wedding he decides not to go forward with the marriage. Rani has a complete breakdown before deciding to go on the honeymoon she once was set to enjoy with her husband. Starting in Paris begins a sort of coming of age for the innocent Rani.
There are some wonderful insights into a culture that is very unlike our own and while in another setting would have alarmed the worldly educated viewer but here is pulled off in such a comedic fashion you find yourself understanding a culture that in the western mind frame would seem very constricting for a young woman. In some ways the contrasts shown between Rani’s own protective culture and the western concept of the free woman are full of stereotypes most apparent in the scenes shown in Paris with the young lady that Rani befriends ironically named Vijay. Vijay has a child out of wedlock, she smokes, she drinks and she has sex indiscriminately with strangers and often, the friend she sends Rani to in Amsterdam is no different, she is a plain out whore. If you can dismiss the cringe worthy scenes then you have a real gem of a film on your hands. Anyone can relate to the story of growing up and finding your own while overcoming adversity or painful memories. I was left smiling and with renewed excitement to travel the world. A must watch film for the culturally adventurous. I might add that the music in this film is amazing as well!
Some Audio in Hindi, w English Subtitles.
See the Variety review here.
Stream on Netflix here.