“Mumbai Mirror’s” film critic Rahul Desai, quit after his Two & 1/2 Star rating of romcom “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” (a sequel to an average movie) was increased to a Three & 1/2 Star billing; egregious behavior on the part of the editors; actually, Desai’s rating was too high for this placid, dull, redundant script.
“Manu” (R. Madhavan) is a bland, beige, benign, spineless doctor, referred to as “Mr. Sharma”, wed to “Tanu” (Kangana Ranaut), a spoiled, self-indulgent, shrew who commits him to a mental institution; upon his release he initiates divorce proceedings and the film commences its slide into mediocrity and its painful, predictable conclusion.
Imbued with silliness, sophomoric, simplistic treatises on marriage, both “love” and “arranged” woman’s liberation, obstinacy against family traditions; the sole reason to suffer this travesty was the profound, illuminating performance of Kangana Ranaut (Tanu) in a dual role as “Kusum”; a remarkable woman of substance, a runner of renown, with an athlete’s confident swagger, bearing a less attractive resemblance to glamorous Tanu, she mesmerizes wimpy Manu with her spirited commitment to her goals, lack of guile, uninhibited devotion to those she loves; she is a stellar, inspiring personage worthy of someone with dignity and matching her capacity to love. Ranaut gifts Kusum inimitable validity; leaving audiences lusting for a sequel featuring this astounding character; she is deserving of Five Stars; but “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” flounders at…..
ONE & 1/2 STARS!!