Marriage heading for double trouble; BOLLYWOOD.
Byline: Manish Gajjar
TANU WEDS MANU RETURNS (12A) ....I DIRECTOR: Aanand L. Rai STARRING: Kangana Ranaut, Madhavan, Deepak Dobriyal, Jimmy Shergill THE PLOT: Living in London, it's been four years since Tanu (Ranaut ) and Manu (Madhavan) got married.
But they are still finding it hard to get along. During a serious marital brawl Manu ends up at the mental asylum in Twickenham whilst Tanu returns to Kapur to her family.
Manu follows her with the help of his best friend Pappi (Dobriyal).
Soon their lives come to a head when Manu decides to file for a divorce.
This incident turns Tanu into her old fiery and brash self, seeking sympathy from her ex-boyfriend Raja (Shergill).
Meanwhile, Manu falls in love with Kusum, who happens to be a look-a-like of Tanu.
She accepts his proposal but there is one hurdle they must overcome before they can get married - Tanu and Manu's divorce.
THE VERDICT: Director Rai delivers an endearing romantic drama with well defined characters and noteworthy performances.
It is very rare that sequels make the same impact but the narrative in Tanu Weds Manu Returns is even better than the 2011 original.
Dialogues peppered with everyday one-liners have you in splits whilst on-screen family tensions keep you engrossed.
A now much older looking Madhavan gives a subtle and dignified performance as the depressed husband desperately seeking love.
But the jewel in this crown has to be Kangana with a diverse dual performance as Tanu and Kusum.
It's pleasing to see Kangana portraying the don't-give-a-damn attitude Tanu. But she steals the show as the emotional yet nervous Kusum, becoming the soul of the film.
? Manish Gajjar is the Bollywood consultant for VUE Cinemas based at Vue Birmingham - the No 1 choice for Hindi movies in the West Midlands. For more information on film times and to purchase tickets in advance visit www.myvue.com or call 08712 240 240 (calls cost 10p per minute from BT, other network may cost more).