Badhaai Ho Reviews by Critics: Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra starrer Badhaai Ho has received positive reviews from critics. The average rating is 3.4 from 10 reviews.
- Positive: 9
- Neutral: 1
- Negative: 0
- Avg Rating: 3.4/5
On the whole, BADHAAI HO is not a laugh riot but emerges as a complete family entertainer with emotions as its USP. The film leaves you with a smile and at the box office, it is at an advantage. It releases during an extended weekend and families are bound to come in large numbers. It’s surely a ‘Badhaai Ho’ time for the makers and investors!
All said and done, Badhaai Ho is a clean family entertainer which also is a tight slap at the mentality of certain people which unfortunately still exists. This breaks a taboo by making sure you laugh throughout. Watch this watching how much you laugh while watching the film.
Keeping the tone consistent is key, and here, Badhaai Ho doesn’t quite know what it wants us to do more, laugh or cry. And parts of the film sink into sitcom flatness, especially when Sikri overdoes her grumpy ‘saas’ act, though some of her lines are laugh-out-loud.
What is most telling and a departure from the expected is the nuance and sensitivity with which director Amit Ravindernath Sharma and his writing team examine Priyamvada and Manoj’s own response to their situation, and the judgement they face from a seemingly forward-thinking character who sees in their decision not to terminate the pregnancy a sign of backwardness.
You notice some stray messages on the duality of the colloquial-Hindi speaking boys in a supposedly sophisticated, English-speaking world. You sort of smile at the fairly casual observation on how kids inevitably refer to school-mates (seniors, in particular) by their full name (as if it’s a roll-call): “Sumit Malik”! You marvel at how the actors get their Meeruthiya twang, and the specifically ‘theth’ (rustic) humour, so frickin’ right, while so many movies, set in the same space, sound Haryanvi instead. The sum of these asides is clearly greater than the whole.
Most of all, this film belongs to Gajraj Rao, who plays Jitender, a ticket examiner on the Northern Railways. He refuses to tip people for doing what they’re supposed to, though he does parsimoniously part with a small mango instead. He writes poetry under a restless pen name, but is stunned by his newfound position, among menfolk of family and locality, as an icon of virility. Briefly, too briefly, he considers growing a moustache, but Priyamvada disapproves and — as demonstrated to us by the way he flicks a bit of mango from her chin, reads poetry to her on a rainy night, or simply the fondness with which he looks at her — he loves her with all his heart. Now that’s a hero.
Amit Ravinderanath Sharma, who shot to fame with his Google ad a few moons ago and sank with his first Hindi film, Tevar (2015) is totally in command here. Aided by good writing and great performances, he clearly indicates that he can masterfully fix a human drama in a tight, two-hour frame and give the audience a film to remember.
Yes, among the most impressive aspects of Badhaai Ho is the way the director harnesses the rest of the on-screen talent pool and makes every character, even the minor ones, count. Sharma extracts equally useful performances from Alka Kaushal (as Mr. Kaushik’s Meerut-based sister, Guddan), Alka Amin (as her elder sis-in-law) and Shardul Rana (as the younger son). Badhaai Ho is certainly worth a visit to the multiplex.
Gajraj and Neena are the stars of this movie. The aged couple bring in a refreshing concept of romance on screen. Get your tickets and book it for your entire clan because Badhaai Ho is a heartwarming movie which deserves to be watched with your family. Don’t forget to carry tissues cause you’re going to have tears – while laughing and crying.