'Ranjan's skewed outlook of women ensures a truckload of laughs'
Director: Luv Ranjan
Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Singh, Nushrat Bharucha, Alok Nath, Virendra Saxena
Luv Ranjan has an extremely skewed perspective on women. In all his films, women are a scheming, clingy and heartless lot who are scientifically designed to get the men and rob them of their life's essence. The only solace that the men find in Ranjan's films is in the arms of their best (male) friends. I don't actually agree with this concept but I have to accept the fact that his films are mighty entertaining and almost always a laugh riot. "SonuKeTitu Ki Sweety" goes down the same alley but manages to bring to the table some fresh and quirky gags that are bound to extract laughs.
Sonu and Titu have grown up together and are closer than real life brothers ought to be. While Titu is simple and almost too sweet for the liking, Sonu is a player who knows the inner workings of modern-day relationships. Titu believes his judgment so much that he agrees to dump a girl, whom he would never have left on his own accord when Sonu asks him to. It is during this time that Titu is introduced to Sweety who is seemingly perfect and talks start of a possible marriage. Sonu, however, is not convinced of her goodness and believes that there is a greater game afoot. All he now has to do is prove the same to Titu.
"SonuKeTitu Ki Sweety" is an onslaught of gags and they are so beautifully interwoven into an almost impossible plot that you forget the plot every now and then and enjoy the gags. The film starts with an almost monologue-ish reflection on an ongoing marriage ceremony that works as a commentary on some of the modern-day marriages. Immediately after that, we are taken to another dialogue between Sonu and Titu in which Sonu convinces Titu to dump his girlfriend after some hilarious flashbacks. Immediately after that the marriage proposal starts getting discussed and the basic plot starts rolling as does the gags with it.
This is a film that is extremely character-driven. The comedy, even though well realized, is dependent mostly on the way the scenes are acted out. The three protagonists of the film act out the film in between them and they do a hell of a job. KartikAaryan as Sonu is the pick of the lot. There were scenes where I laughed only because of the expressions he had on his face. What really aides his essay is the fact that his frustrations as also his overall essay feels very real. He feels like a guy who would do anything to stop the marriage of his best friend and that reflects on his act. Add to that his charming mannerisms and you have a winner.
NushratBharucha as Sweety is great. She is the perfect combination of sweet and evil and she excels in both the avatars. Her give and takes with Kartik's character is wonderful. They have worked together in three films before and that comfort level shows in their act. Sunny Singh is the perfect foil for both Nushrat and Kartik. He is that perfect meat that Johnny Depp had to balance in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico". However, the problem with his character is that it doesn't have any meat or substantial drama associated with it as the film plays out more like a one-on-one competition between Sonu and Sweety and Titu is left aloof in many parts.
The rest of the cast does a great job as well. The sanskariAlokNath as a foul-mouthed, cigarette smoking and boozing dadaji of Titu is the best. He is so natural and the shock factor is so high in seeing him as a character rank opposite of what we know him best for is fantastic. VirendraSaxena as his sidekick Laluis equally funny. Ishita Raj Sharma (played Kusum in "PyaarKaPunchnama 2" and Charu in PyaarKaPunchnama) is like a breath of fresh air towards the end. Once she arrives towards the end, the proceedings start rollicking. Her unmissable touch is the "pranam in a bikini". That was one of the funniest moments in the whole film.
The film has atleast four songs and once again the songs got on my nerves. While "PyaarKaPunchnama" had atleast one haunting track in "O Baware" which I remember keeping on a loop and listening to, "SonuKeTitu Ki Sweety" is devoid of any such melody. The background score though was catchy in many places. I loved the signature tune of Sonu and Sweety which played every time they locked horns.
On the flip side, the film drags a bit towards the end. It just becomes too melodramatic and after a breezy first half, it comes in as a letdown. Also, I just couldn't accept the final solution to the problem that the film comes up with and even though it was the only one possible outcome, it just felt too far-fetched. In its defense, the film does become an almost thriller keeping you guessing what will happen next. That also becomes its problem when what actually happens in the end neither impresses you nor satisfies you completely.
Having said all that, 'SonuKeTitu Ki Sweety' is still one hell of a comic caper that can be watched and re-watched. If not for anything else then only for the number of laughs it extracts. Add to that a charming cast of colorful characters and some intriguing moments and you have already got more than a film like this generally has to offer. Watch this one for sure.