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Times of India
Hailing from a conservative family, Aarti Shukla (Kriti Kharbanda), an educated girl from Kanpur, falls in love with her arranged match Satyendra (Rajkummar Rao). Sattu's stable government job (clerk in excise dept) and upper class family background impresses her parents; while his humility and liberal thoughts, win over the girl. But the love story takes a drastic turn when Aarti flees on her wedding day, leaving Satyendra at the altar.
Fearing she'll end up as a housewife after marriage, an ambitious Aarti sacrifices her love for Sattu as she chooses career and independence. Scarred with rejection, heartbreak and societal humiliation, Sattu becomes a changed man. Years later, fate brings them together. What unfolds forms the story.
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director Ratnaa Sinha addresses various social issues (dowry, bribe, gender equality) in her overstretched and a tad outdated tale, her film is predominantly a romantic drama that seems inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion.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.
However, unlike Austen's classic that beautifully captures the simmering tension, regret and passion between two former lovers, this one leaves a lot to imagination.
What then keeps you engaged despite the rather implausible plot riddled with misunderstandings is some real good performances, led by the very talented Rajkummar Rao. Whatever he touches turns to gold. His subtle and honest portrayal of Sattu is a testament to his much talked about acting brilliance. Kriti Kharbanda exudes charm and simplicity, thus complimenting Raj perfectly.
The film could have been much better than it eventually turns out to be. But if you don't mind watching a modest family drama, reminiscent of the 90s, you won't mind being privy to this emotional alliance.
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The movie is a perfect resemblance of the situation of a middle class family in India. Perhaps the exact events occur in the life of middle class societies as depicted in the movie. Personally saying, I loved the movie very much. I really sensed each and every minutes of the movie. It''s like a complete package of all the stuffs packed together in exact proportion. What an story writting and screen play, really after a long time, I saw a very good movie. Regarding critics and reviews by the media and the so called critics, the reviews can never be complete. Those who are sitted in the chair they need a useless point to talk on always. The critics belong to higher class persons who rarely understand the procedures and issues of a middle class family in India. Thay always watch movies in the eyes of a foreigner. So don''t get confused on taking the views of the critics. Watch and comment
I hate the way it is reviewed by Times of India, this movie is not at all reminiscent of 90’s. Gender inequality is so ingrained in people, that they call it cliche when they cannot justify greediness that has got into people vs dowry system which was been there since 90’s. <br/>Relationships are all about sex and money, girl cannot marry a guy because he is a clerk, but this movie is still reminiscent of 90’s because it depicts dowry system which was in 90’s. Movies these days offer quick fixes through sex and violence. All movies are exact replicas of Hollywood, there is no culture that india has of its own which was there in 90’s.<br/>Gone are the days of Hum Saath Saath hain... days have came of Toilet ek Prem katha, where an educated girl leaves family for a toilet...<br/>Guess Gender Equality is more Gender Partiality for girls these days...media is more about saving a girl child then saving a child irrespective of sex... <br/>there is no hopes and no culture, India is a new west now..