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Atrangi Re Review: Mixes together the pair and employs a bewildering series of story bends.

It's a valiant effort by filmmaker Aanand L. Rai to go beyond the obvious, but the result is a bloated and manufactured disaster that includes a horrific portrayal of a psychiatric condition.

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Film Rating: ✰✰✰.3.5/5 & Review Rating

This is the tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two suitors. With her extended family, Rinku Suryavanshi (Sara Ali Khan) lives in the city of Siwan in Bihar. It was Rinku’s extended relatives who murdered her parents as a kid. In love with an unknown guy, Sajjad (Akshay Kumar), Rinku has eloped with him many times. Maternal grandma (Seema Biswas) is fed up with her after the most recent unsuccessful elopement attempt. Tell her family that she wants to marry any guy who is willing to settle outside of Bihar. In their town, they saw Vishu (Dhanush). As a medical student, he’s in town for a week of summer camp.

Mandakini or Mandy (Dimple Hayati), his girlfriend, and he are already engaged and planning their wedding. Rinku is kidnapped by his family and forced to marry Rinku. The next day, they arrange for train travel for them to Delhi. Vishu is in a trance as he reflects on the events of the previous night while riding the train. Vishu learns from Rinku that she has fallen head over heels in love with Sajjad and would be leaving with him as soon as she arrives in Delhi.

Vishu is pleased to learn that the marriage is arranged just for her benefit. He eventually makes it to Delhi, where he enrolls at a university to further his education. That Sajjad has gone to Africa to learn magic and will be back in 10 days, Rinku informs him.

It’s time to go to Madurai for Vishu. That’s why he advises Rinku to remain at his hostel until Sajjad returns. Alternatively, she might accompany him to Madurai for his wedding. Vishu and Mandy get engaged in Madurai, and Rinku joins them. Before long, Mandy stumbles upon a wedding video of Vishu and Rinku. The remainder of the film is based on what occurs after that.

This is the tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two suitors. With her extended family, Rinku Suryavanshi (Sara Ali Khan) lives in the city of Siwan in Bihar. It was Rinku’s extended relatives who murdered her parents as a kid. In love with an unknown guy, Sajjad (Akshay Kumar), Rinku has eloped with him many times. Maternal grandma (Seema Biswas) is fed up with her after the most recent unsuccessful elopement attempt.

Tell her family that she wants to marry any guy who is willing to settle outside of Bihar. In their town, they saw Vishu (Dhanush). As a medical student, he’s in town for a week of summer camp. Mandakini or Mandy (Dimple Hayati), his girlfriend, and he are already engaged and planning their wedding. Rinku is kidnapped by his family and forced to marry Rinku. The next day, they arrange for train travel for them to Delhi. Vishu is in a trance as he reflects on the events of the previous night while riding the train.

Vishu learns from Rinku that she has fallen head over heels in love with Sajjad and would be leaving with him as soon as she arrives in Delhi. Vishu is pleased to learn that the marriage is arranged just for her benefit. He eventually makes it to Delhi, where he enrolls at a university to further his education.

That Sajjad has gone to Africa to learn magic and will be back in 10 days, Rinku informs him. It’s time to go to Madurai for Vishu. That’s why he advises Rinku to remain at his hostel until Sajjad returns. Alternatively, she might accompany him to Madurai for his wedding. Vishu and Mandy get engaged in Madurai, and Rinku joins them. Before long, Mandy stumbles upon a wedding video of Vishu and Rinku. The remainder of the film is based on what occurs after that.

The life narrative of Himanshu Sharma is one that is both original and out of the ordinary. The script, on the other hand, elevates an otherwise uninteresting story into something worth seeing. The author has included a number of heartwarming and remarkable scenes. So even if things go a little crazy, one doesn’t mind. A highlight of the film is the humorous speech delivered by Himanshu Sharma, who is a perfect fit for the role he plays.

The film is superbly directed by Aanand L Rai. In a number of moments, you can see how his storytelling has progressed. Keeping the audience’s interest and successfully executing a narrative like this is his greatest achievement. Aanand is a breath of fresh air compared to any other filmmaker. In addition, he offers an insightful remark on mental illness. However, the second hand may have been crisper and more logical.

ATRANGI RE is off to a great start. First-half highlights include Rinku and Vishu’s forced marriage, their talk on a train, and other memorable sequences. In front of an emotional Rinku, Vishu delivers a stunning speech in Tamil. It’s a stunner in the last moments before the break. Even after the intermission, the movie remains engaging, despite the fact that some of the events are tough to swallow. It’s tough to fathom how Rinku manages to live in peace at an all-boys dormitory with no one taking notice. Because of Vishu and Rinku’s love tale, all hostel mates gather together and contribute to participate in the lunacy, which is even more implausible. While the conservative audience would be turned off by this last surprise, those who are yearning for something ‘hatke’ would go crazy for it.

The performances in ATRANGI RE are top-notch. In LOVE AAJ KAL [2020], Sara Ali Khan tried her hand at another ‘atrangi’ role, but it didn’t work out. But in this film, she shows to be one of the most promising performers of our day. As the film unfolds, one sees that this character is so rich and complicated. This was no simple figure to play. On the other hand, Sara plays it like it’s no big deal.

When it comes to Dhanush’s performance, you can count on the fact that he’ll deliver. Although he’s had a number of notable roles, this one takes the cake for him. In the dramatic speech, the dancing in the loos or when he loses it on the train and auto rickshaw, he’s of course remarkable. In certain instances, he doesn’t speak, but he uses his silences and gaze to convey a lot of information.

In a supporting role, Akshay Kumar excels. In terms of star power, he’s a big draw. As the sidekick, Ashish Verma (Madhusudhan) always delivers. Dimple Hayathi and Seema Biswas are great in their little parts. Aside from Gopal Dutt (Rinku’s divorce lawyer) and Pankaj Jha (Rinku’s mother), there isn’t much else. They were supposed to do more. Babe Rinku’s Mannat Mishra is adorable.

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