Movie Review #2 : Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Movie – Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Starring – Kartik Aryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh, Alok Nath and Ishita Sharma

Director – Luv Ranjan

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Poster

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Poster

Finally, I was able to watch the blockbuster of the year #SonuKeTituKiSweety, thanks to Amazon Prime! I am really impressed to see that the same plot that was first invented (if I’m not wrong) in 1997 as Julia Roberts starrer #MyBestFriendsWedding can be recycled so successfully, with just a few minor changes here and there, in 2018. Basically, the director took the plot and garnished it with Rajshri Productions like family, only modern and stereotypically Punjabi, and few gen-Y expletives to give that youth wala vibe. In Bollywood, a well-made family drama is always a sell-out and a subplot of a wedding lurking somewhere in the background is always a bonus!

SonuKeTituKiSweety as the title suggests is a story of two friends living together and how their equation changes with the arrival of Sweety. The plot is nearly identical to My best friend’s wedding with Kartik Aryan playing Julia Roberts, Nushrat Bharucha playing Cameron Diaz and Sunny Singh playing Dermot Mulroney, the only difference being that the two friends are not in love with each other understandably so as the homophobia would have robbed the movie of the mainstream appeal! The movie also has the supporting character of Rupert Everett in the form of Ishita Sharma. This very plot was remade successfully in Hindi not once but twice by Yash Raj Films as Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (starring Uday Chopra, Tulip Joshi, Jimmy Shergill and Bipasha Basu) and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (starring Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Zafar).

Although there is little novelty in the script, the director has managed to keep the movie simple, humorous and entertaining along with some great music. The only glitch being that there is not a single scene in the movie that justifies the fact that Sweety was the wrong girl for Titu! In fact, a smart, clever and slightly shrewd girl like Sweety was a perfect match for a gullible and naive guy like Titu! Considering he has been dealing with Sweety’s alter ego, Sonu, really well for so long, he would have been super happy with Sweety.

The cinematography and art direction are in sync with the script and the exotic locales are well captured. The music comprising of old hits of Hans Raj Hans, Shweta Shetty, Zack Knight and Jasmin Walia, is simply brilliant! This has to be the best soundtrack in recent times! The blockbuster songs are choreographed and executed equally well! The screenplay and dialogues are good but could have been funnier.

Coming to performances, the stand out actor in this ensemble is Nushrat Barucha. She is brilliant as the sharp and witty Sweety who can break into a dance like a pro whenever the script demands. Nushrat looks gorgeous in every frame and delivers every dialogue like a seasoned actor! A package like her actually suffers in Bollywood because of Nepotism. I look forward to seeing more of her in the future. Kartik Aryan is just about adequate as the protagonist Sonu. He could have done better though. Sunny Singh doesn’t get ample scope and is relegated to only a few lines here and there. The so-called surprise package of the movie, Ishita Sharma, disappoints. The supporting cast is adequately casted with Alok Nath standing out and doing a swell job!

All and all, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a refreshing family dramedy amidst the slew of boring new age cinema and thus was bound to be the blockbuster that it has become!

Authored by – Abinash Gupta