‘Tanu weds Manu’ marks the resurgence of smaller production houses. The film also, akin to 7KM, a film essentially around the central character of a woman played by Kangana Ranaut. I am greatly pleased to see the small town hogging the centre stage in many of recent films, most of which have done well. This in essence marks the resurgence of the middle India in the collective psyche and the growing self-confidence in all of us to accept who we essentially are.
Without digressing any further and revealing no plot here, the film is about how the leading lady, who is facetious with the idea of love and sex and carries no baggage of middle class morality, gets embroiled in a two way love. The denouement of the plot is the reasonably gripping resolution of the triangle in the end.
The movie is set in tier III India and moves from one small town in UP to another in Punjab. Refreshingly, there's no superficial gloss of typical bollywood while portraying middle class households and the mood is conveyed without embarrassing the audience with any overdone scene. While the character of eastern Uttar Pradesh has been toned down and Punjab has been only barely touched, the canvas on which the film is played is detailed. The editing is slick and movie in the first half is fast paced.
The film as several critiques have pointed out, does give one a sense of deja-vu with some of the recent bollywood films. But the way the smaller roles in the film have been played salvage the film and keep it floating. It’s worth a watch.