DIRECTION: Luv Ranjan
DURATION: 2 hours 18 minutes
Luv Ranjan it seems is fed up of all the romances our film industry has been spewing out since eternity. So he has started a one man anti-romance crusade. Or an anti-happy endings crusade. Given the stance of his films, one can also call it a all women are gold-diggers or all women are manipulative bitches movement. One wonders why in all his films, be it the present one or in Pyaar Ka Punchnama 1 and 2 women are painted in negative shades and men are always insecure. Yes, the formula does induce a few laughs but there are other ways to make comedy films, isn’t it?
As one can see from the title, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a love triangle with a difference. Sonu and Titu are childhood friends, almost like brothers. Titu (Sunny Singh) is a softie when it comes to girls and is forever being rescued by Sonu (Kartik Aaryan). Fed up by all his failed romances, Titu agrees to go for an arranged marriage, only for Sonu to find out that his would-be Bhabhi, Sweety (Nusrat Bharucha) is the biggest manipulator he has encountered so far. How he sets out to rescue his bro from the scheming vamp forms the crux of the tale.
As said earlier, the storyline is kind of misogynistic but if can overlook that gaping flaw the film does carry a few laughs. The film can be said to be a crooked version of Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! Two families sitting down and planning a big fat Indian Wedding, and later taking part in various wedding related activities echo the Rajashri Productions’ mega blockbuster. In fact, director Ranjan has given his inspiration away through an in-joke. There’s also Alok Nath in the film, playing Titus’ grandfather. But he isn’t a sanskari Babuji here but a man who likes to drink, smoke and cuss to his heart’s content. He’s a delight to watch as the patriarch who doesn’t give a damn about his grandson’s marriage to a girl seemingly not suited for him.
He’s ably supported in this by this by Virendra Saxena, his long time friend and confidante. The two veterans have a gala time playing off each other and living life king size.
Karthik and Sunny too have an easy camraderie going on between them and look good in their respective roles. Sunny’s role has a better emotional graph of the two and he lets his eyes express his anguish at the required moments. Kartik ably plays a more worldly-wise guy who wants to save his friend at all costs and Nusrat Bharucha is in fine fettle as the femme fatale.
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety could have done with tighter editing as the second half drags a bit. Cinematography and music are on par, though the songs are mostly rehashes of hit Punjabi numbers. The film has sharp, witty dialogue, and it’s these which make you laugh the most…