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Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana – Reviews

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is from the makers of Tanu Weds Manu. It is Ratnaa Sinha’s directorial debut. She is director Anubhav Sinha’s wife and has made a lot of music videos earlier. Rajkumarr Rao and Kirti Kharbanda play the lovers in this film set in Kanpur.

We share some reviews from the newspapers and critics below:

CNN NEWS 18: Kriti Tulsiani – 2/5

Ratna Sinhaa’s directorial has all the elements one’d expect in a typical ‘masala’ entertainer- song, dance, drama, romance, and revenge. Just that they aren’t in place and Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana ends up being an extended television saga and a wedding that you’d perhaps consider attending without a ‘sagan’.   Read More

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NDTV: Saibal Chatterjee – 1.5/5

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is such a terribly confused take on a girl who dares to run away from a wedding in order to pursue her career ambitions that, by the end of it, it is difficult to tell which side of the gender and ethical divide the film is really on. Read More

The Times Of India: Renuka Vyavahare – 3/5

Though director Ratnaa Sinha addresses various social issues (dowry, bribe, gender equality) in her overstretched and a tad outdated tale, her film is predominantly a romantic drama that seems inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Class and gender disparity, revenge, jealousy and eternal love – it ticks all boxes. Read More

Indian Express: Shubhra Gupta – 1.5/5

For a film that ostensibly sets out to speak against the ills of dowry, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is surprisingly, and dangerously muted. On those who seek to sell their sons and buy daughters-in-law. On those who wave it off as a long-standing ‘samaaj ki pratha’. On those who wring their hands and say, what-can we-do-we-have-to-marry-off-our-daughters-too. As if any or all of these are mitigating factors.Read More

Hindustan Times: Shweta Kaushal  – 3.5/5

Ratnaa’s story gives us an insider’s view of the practice of dowry that continues to thrive though it is illegal. The groom’s family, riding high on its ancestral property, makes the most of the fact that the groom is a single child and the sole inheritor to step up the demand for dowry. Read More

Mumbai Mirror: Kunal Guha – 2/5

An aerial opening shot ushers us into the bright and well-planned city of Kanpur. We meet the Mishras and the Shuklas — who have a child each of marriageable age. That Satyendra or Sattu Mishra (Rajkummar Rao) is a government clerk determines the dahej his parents demand amount to Rs 25 lakh.   Read More

Mid-Day: Sonil Dedhia

Set in Kanpur, the Ratnaa Sinha-directed film revolves around Satyendra Mishra (Rajkummar Rao), a clerk in the excise department, and Aarti Shukla (Kriti Kharbanda), an aspiring IAS officer.  Read More

Film Companion: Rahul Desai – 1.5/5

In Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, too, he shows signs of being the same emasculated, sheltered spirit. He praises his fiancé, Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda), by comparing her to Juhi Chawla and Divya Bharti. Even though he assures her that he thinks modernly and she will not have to be a housewife – incidentally the line that wins her over – we are trained to imagine otherwise. Read More

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DNA India: Meena Iyer– 2.5/5

Satyendra (Rajkummar) is a clerk in the excise department. Aarti Shukla (Kriti) is an educated girl from a conservative family in Kanpur; one with ambitions to be an officer. Her parents want her to marry Sattu and at the onset, it seems as if she is in sync with their thoughts, but there’s a hitch. Sattu’s parents demand a huge dowry.  Read More

 

Feature Photo: Soundarya Productions

Director:  Ratnaa Sinha
Screenplay: Kamal Pandey
Producer: Vinod Bachchan, Manju Bachchan, Kaleem Khan
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Kharbanda, Nayani Dixit, Manoj Pahwa, K K Raina, Vipin Sharma, Govind Namdev, Navni Parihar
Music: Anand Raj An and, Arko, Kaushik — Akash — Guddu, Rashid Khan, Zain — Saim — Raees
Cinematography: Suresh Beesaveni
Editor: Ballu Saluja
Run Time: 2 hours and 17 Minutes

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