Director: Amit Sharma
Cast: Ayushmann Khurana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao
Amit Sharma’s drama cum comedy is not only funny but blurts out the social statement without keeping it in the spotlight. It indeed was the highlight of the movie. But there was so much more to it than just an unfamiliar situation. No, the movie isn’t about Ayushmann Khurana walking in on his parent while they’re at it. But a similarly awkward situation. Nakul (Ayushmann) at Manyavar (brand promotion is becoming a thing now) trying out an outfit for his cousin’s shaadi along with Rene (His girlfriend, Sanya Malhotra) when he gets a call that his mother’s sick. Nakul & his father (Gajraj Rao) rushes to the clinic only to find out that Priyamvada(Neena Gupta) is pregnant (major #WTF moment).
The Kaushik’s, a middle-class family living in Delhi’s Lodhi Colony. The movie showcases a typical middle-class family content with their lives and sharing a small space with 5 people. And Oh My Gawd, Dadi(Surekha Sikri) is the most savage dadi you’ll witness in the history of cinema. One has to watch the scene where the secret of this Chhota Mehmaan is revealed to Dadi and she loses it. Well, the movie revolves around how the whole pregnancy situation affects lives. To begin with, it definitely becomes embarrassing for the family but then the entire problem lies here. Why this hypocrisy? Why do we take elderly sex as an embarrassing moment? Two adults married for a long time, indulging in sex after having adult kids, why is it wrong?
‘Badhai Ho’ breaking the stereotype talks about how having sex at that age and getting pregnant *well, of course, accident* is not wrong. The movie has its own moment that’s not humor but sensible. One where Neena Gupta has been given the choice to keep the baby, their love blooming at the 50s, Nakul’s realizing how it’s okay to accept the fact that parents have sex even at an elderly age, emotional relationship between a mother and daughter in law, how the strains of the relationship of Neena Gupta & Gajraj Rao tells on the relationship of Nakul & Rene. All these things in the storyline make it more than just a comedy.
Furthermore, the movie also had some not so teekha but funny tadka to it. Like every other Indian middle-class family would have. Rene’s mother’s dialogue “His family is a circus I don’t want to buy tickets for” surely etched her snob-high society character on the audience, which ends up breaking apart the duo. While the entire family is ashamed of the pregnancy, Soon-to-be-parent-for-the-third-time parents seem to be enjoying the time. It was heartwarming to watch the two of them romancing each other like the good old-gold days. The love you don’t get to see in the new-age cinema. It was all fun and games until this emotional scene where Surekha Sikri (Daadi) blurts out some home truths. She defends her daughter-in-law when in other circumstances she would constantly bicker her.
The film’s first two acts are mundane and the final sequence is effective, strong & honest. The story’s narrated in a completely straightforward manner with situational comedy for the narrative to stay afloat.
Badhai Ho is a welcome change for the hypocritical society that we live in. It keeps up with the context, relatable but not at all common. And oh, had the condom not been stolen by Shardul Rana, they wouldn’t have gotten a sister that dances to the tunes of Morni Banke in the end. One song you just cannot resist but DANCE!