'Once you find love, you find it. There isn't an age on love', American actress Candace Cameron couldn't have used better words than this to explain that love knows no age. But what happens when an 'adult' you discovers that your mom is pregnant? The thought of imagining one's parents sharing a carnal relationship will make you feel awkward! And that's exactly how Amit Sharma's Badhaai Ho unfolds.
It takes you straight into the middle-class Kaushik household which is set in a modest neighbourhood in Delhi. The patriarch Jeetender (played by Gajraj Rao) is a ticket checker with the railways who doesn't believe in being a spend-thrift. He is a doting hubby to his wife Priyamvada (Neena Gupta) and also a pacifier when his mother (Surekha Sikri) spews acidic words at her. The Kaushik clan also includes his sons, Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and his younger brother Gullar.
Things take an awkward turn when the parents to two adult boys (one of them is of marriageable age), get pregnant out of the blue. 'Yeh bhi koi mummy papa ke karne ki cheez hai?, quips Nakul to his girfriend Renee (Sanya Malhotra) when they are in the midst of a makeout session. On the other hand, Gullar too isn't excited about the arrival of 'chota mehmaan'. Meanwhile, daadi wonders, 'Time kahan se mil gaya tujh ko'.
What follows next is how the Kaushik household try to cope with the typical 'log kya kahegey' and its effect on Nakul's relationship with Renee.
The premise of Badhaai Ho may be based on a socially-awkward premise, but writers Shantanu Srivastava and Akshat Ghildial pen down lines which are hilarious as well as heart-touching. Along with the 'tadka' of humour, they also hit emotional peaks to leave you with a tear or two. Kudos to Amit Sharma for taking up the discussion of sex and pregnancy from the drawing rooms to the celluloid.
On the flipside, Badhaai Ho does run dry at places when the novelty factor wears off, but the terrific punchlines make up for the loss.
From playing a sperm donor in Vicky Donor to essaying a man suffering from erectile dysfunction, Ayushmann Khurrana's 'unconventional' choice of films have always reaped good results and Badhaai Ho is no different! In few scenes, he doesn't even need the lines! His bang-on expressions are just enough to convey the emotions.
His leaing lady Sanya Malhotra as Renee plays a strong-willed and opinionated girl. Sadly, the makers fail to add depth to her role and the end result leaves you a tad disappointed.
Gajraj Rao hits it straight out of the park with a brilliant performance. He delivers even the most complex emotions so flawlessly that you are totally hooked to the screen. Neena Gupta too aces her part and leaves you squishy with emotions. Together, their endearing chemistry is all things cute.
Last but not the least, Surekha Sikri is too much fun! She may be old-fashioned for various reasons. But hey, that doesn't refrain her from taking up for her bahu with a baby bump when she is shamed and unbashedly talk about how it's admirable for couples to be in love and have 'sex' (meaning sex) at this age.
Sanu Varghese's cinematography works fine and so does, Dev Rao Jadhav's editing. Speaking about the music, 'Badhaai Ho', 'Morni Banke' and 'Sajan Bade Senti' are foot-tapping. Nain Na Jodeen is the heartbreal track which grows on you on loop.
Badhaai Ho! This Ayushmann Khurrana- Sanya Malhotra is all good news and has its heart at the right place. I am going with 3.5 stars here.