Badhaai Do

Badhaai Do is a complete family movie that openly tackles a societal issue

Entertainment review

Everyone was entertained by the teaser for ‘Badhaai Do,’ starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar. The film will be released in theatres on February 11th, and fans can’t wait. The storey revolves around a twisted marriage between a guy and a woman to conceal their respective homosexualities.

Sumi and Shardul live double lives as gay and lesbian community members who are socially marginalised. They believe that settling for a compromise marriage to appease their overbearing families will provide them with cover while they seek partners of their choosing. The storey of this family performer is built around what they finally achieve and how they do it.

While portraying gay and lesbian characters in ‘Badhaai Do,’ the film not only discusses their obstacles and hardships but also strives to give people and families in this group a fresh perspective. After a National Award-winning film like ‘Badhaai Ho,’ the sequel ‘Badhaai Do,’ raises a delicate and pressing problem of today’s era, in which the plot and characters do not stereotype the LGBT community, but rather the frozen prejudices and preconceptions about them. Attempting to modify the thinking of the less fortunate.

Marriages are made in heaven, or so they say. Surprisingly, a large proportion of these ‘heavenly marriages’ appears to be all shining and dazzling as a result of different sacrifices made by couples. This marriage compromise is of a distinct sort in Badhaai Do, one that isn’t typically spoken but has always existed.

Sumi and Shardul (Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao) are newlyweds who live together like roommates in the film. Following Sumi and Shardul’s wedding, they go on a path of walking on eggshells to keep their secrets hidden from their families, friends, and neighbours while being loyal to themselves. They end up racing from one crazy circumstance to the next in the process. The romantic interludes between Shardul and Sumi and their real partners play out with the same ease, comfort, and turbulence as any other couple in our films, indicating that the film’s goal is not to stereotype the gay and lesbian community, but to change minds and eliminate prejudices against them.

Harshvardhan Kulkarni, the director, chuckles while delving into the policies and ills of homosexuality, marriage, and the family structure. For the first time on the big screen, the romance of the same sex is delivered with the same ease and elegance as the romanticism of the opposite sex. Subtly, the film also conveys the suffocation and inadequacy felt by members of the LGBTQ community. Sumi is a strong, independent young woman, but Shardul’s change into a man who views women as inferior in the second half of the film adds a new depth to the plot. Harsh Vardhan’s narrative is especially notable for accurately portraying the attitude of Indian middle-class households.

The film’s strong point is the performers’ performances. Rajkummar Rao, a talented actor, has once again demonstrated why and how he is the prince of acting. As a homosexual character, he excels in emotional sequences. Sumi is played superbly by Bhumi Pednekar. In the sensual and sexy sequences with her companion Chum Darang, she has demonstrated perfect spontaneity. Both of the main protagonists, who are homosexuals in an Indian societal setting, carry their love effectively. Chum Darang began her career as a lesbian character, and she has the ideal cast in the plot. This actress from the northeast has made a name for herself. In the second half, Gulshan Devaiah is taken aback. He’s put in a lot of effort in his acting. Seema Pahwa, Lovleen Mishra, Nitesh Pandey, and Sheeba Chadha are among the supporting cast members that lend support to the plot.

Justice DY Chandrachud referenced the late Justice Leila Seth when the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality in 2018 “The freedom to love is the right that distinguishes us as human beings. It is cruel and immoral to outlaw the exercise of such freedom.” Films like Badhaai Do are essential in a country where decriminalising consensual homosexual sex took decades and where same-gender marriages are still not recognised by the law or accepted by society.