Manmarziyaan (2018) Movie Review: A Genuine Attempt to Make Audience Think About Love And Passion

Maybe it is way too late to review a movie that has been released last year on the 14th of September, but maybe it is not. The reason for watching this movie late is a song. Yes, can you believe it!!! A song. It is named Grey Walaa Shade. A certain verse of this song states that the colour of love is never black or white, but grey. Strangely enough, but that was what intrigued me. I knew, that somewhere it might lighten my heart and soul. So, this Sunday, I made a mug of hot chocolate and prepared myself to watch yet another romantic movie, a genre which I had been avoiding for some time now. To my surprise, it made my Sunday one of the best Sundays in January. The song mentioned above pretty much describes the essence of the story.

The love triangle, the pattern of from pillar to post in an unstable relationship, and falling into an unplanned marriage might remind a lot of audience of the 1999 cult romantic movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The commendable aspect of this movie, however, was how it is so well-synchronised to the new-age romantic encounters that we face, which is the upgraded chaotic version of romance.

  • Directed by: Anurag Kashyap
  • Written by: Kanika Dhillon
  • Starring: Abhishek Bachchan as Robbie Bhatia
  • Vicky Kaushal as Vicky Sandhu
  • Taapsee Pannu as Rumi Bagga

This movie somewhere did pull a string in my heart. I felt highly relatable to the female protagonist Rumi played by Taapsee Pannu. Hot-headed, impulsive, and rebellious, she portrays the attitude of numerous millennials. She is someone who Abhishek Bachchan(her husband) rightly describes in the movie as someone who is unable to take a stand for herself. The movie indeed revolves around her impulsive choices about what she thinks she wants, her anger, heartbreak, and her undying habit to be in and around her passionate lover (Vicky Kaushal). Her struggle in the movie to grapple with her past passion and the future arrangement with her husband is depicted in a heartfelt manner. The pervasive dilemma to choose between excitement (embodied by Vicky) and certainty (embodied by Robbie) and her ego and immaturity is almost like a driving force in the movie.

The movie takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride but in a subtle manner. Vicky Kaushal playing the role of the ‘wanna-be’ DJ Vicky portrays a guy who is unstable in his life and his choices. His passion and love for the female protagonist are undeniable. On the other hand, his indecisive attitude towards life and his love interest is also inarguable. He is faint-hearted when it comes to taking responsibilities of a bond and committing to a relationship through marriage. In contrast, Abhishek Bachchan playing the role of Robbie is an epitome of stability who is always calm and composed. To an extent, I also found him to be someone who bottles-up his emotions and feelings and broods upon them. He hardly speaks crashingly except for one instance when he feels betrayed. He is sophisticated and displays his affection in a very charming fashion. After two years of sabbatical, Abhishek Bachchan chose an inclusive movie which showcases his ability as an actor who has matured with time. Vicky Kaushal, on the other hand, with his blue coloured mohawk hair, and outrageous fashion statement, appear as an authentic pop-culture youth.

The story written by Kanika Dhillon questions some aspects that are very much prevalent in the present day romantic relations. After all, when is it the right time to draw a line between love and a habit of a person; is reckless passion and excitement enough to hold a relation for eternity?; how much of indecisiveness is acceptable to keep respect intact in a relation? Being a part of this messy modern romantic world, we ask these or types of these questions daily. At least I do! Possibly the reason for feeling such a connection to the story is, I am almost like a wrecking ball when it comes to emotions.

Those who are a fan of Anurag Kashyap and his direction will find themselves to be pretty surprised by the love triangle that he engages in. Someone who has given the Indian audience dark movies like Gangs of Wasseypur and recently the widely acclaimed web series Sacred Games shows his direction brilliance of portraying characters in a story impregnated with love and attachment.

As I began the review by mentioning the music, I guess I have made it obvious that it was the star for me in the entire movie. Composed by Amit Trivedi, the music speaks about the emotions of the characters in the movie. Each song is almost dedicated to the real thoughts and turmoils of the characters. My personal favourites are of course Grey Walaa Shade, Daryaa, and Sacchi Mohabbat. The songs playing in the background almost infuses life into the story which inclines to be a little passive in the second part as compared to the energized first half of the movie.

The title of the movie speaks of the base of the storyline. The present generation which belief in attaining things out of one’s own accord underlies the script of the movie. It plays a role in all the major decisions taken by the protagonists.

This movie evoked an array of emotions in me on a Sunday night. The feel-good factor of the movie thankfully did not disrupt my sleep. It is weaved for an audience who love Vicky Kaushal (who doesn’t), spontaneous emotions, and good music.  

If nothing really encourages you to give this movie a try, then think of some soulful music of Amit Trivedi that you have listened to earlier or some remarkable roles portrayed by Vicky Kaushal (I am unapologetically his fan).

Here, is the trailer of the movie:

Hope this evokes some interest in watching this movie. And, of course, any criticism and additional detail that has been missed by me is always welcome.

Until then! Adios!

Writer: Poulomi Das
About: Movie Anatomie

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