Mannu Sharma (R Madhavan), a London-based doctor has come to India to look for a bride as per his parents’ wishes. Their first stop is Kanpur where they go to see Tannuja Trivedi (Kangna Ranaut), an extrovert, bend the rules, be-a-rebel girl. Tannu is the exact opposite of Mannu, changes boyfriends frequently, always wants to run away and get married, smokes and drinks frequently and uses foul language. Still Mannu goes ahead and says “Yes” to the proposal, smitten by the beauty of Tannu.
Off go both the families to Vaishno Devi to seek blessings for the marriage. On the way, Tannu threatens Mannu of dire consequences if he does not say “No” to the marriage. On the return journey Mannu conveys that to the elders and all hell breaks loose! Mannu and family go for more window shopping for brides. In between, they also go to Kapurthala to attend Jassi’s (Ejaaz Khan) marriage. There, Mannu again comes across Tannu who arrives as the friend of the bride (Swara Bhaskar). Eyes cross and there are frequent instances of the boy meets girl kind of romance, only here, it is only love from one end.
The Audience will find a lot of similarity here with Jab We Met in terms of the introvert lead hero and the extrovert heroine. In terms of script and supporting cast, this movie actually appears to be better than JWM, the only comparison where it falls flat is the comparison with the lead actors.
In terms of performances, the lead pair of Madhavan and Kangana are just average but Deepak Dobriyal as Mannu Sharma’s sidekick “Puppy” steals the show. He has put life in all the scenes he is in. Watch out for the scene where he and Mannu are going for the Vaishno Devi yatra and he interspaces the Jai Maata Di slogans with his expressions or the scene where he refuses to pay for the toilet use! His dances are funny and even where he confesses to Mannu that he left his setting to come back with Mannu. This movie has to be watched for Deepak only!
Jimmy Shergill is also good as the Raja Bhaiyya, the way he carries himself in all the scenes, the dialogue delivery, the pathani suit, all suit his character. This is one negative character, the audience will love. KK Raina and Rajendra Gupta are good in their roles. Watch out for the scene where KK Raina confesses to Mannu that he always wanted to do something different in life and is proud of his son. Another character worth mentioning is that of Payal played by Swara Bhasker who is very good in all her confrontational scenes with Kangana. Ravi Kishen is wasted.
Music by Krsna is another highlight, the opening song “Mannu Bhaiya” looks good on screen having been shot inside the train in the sleeper class. Overall, if you are fan of Lucknawi and Kanpuri style language, and are used to those cycle rickshaws and narrow lanes of smaller cities, then you will love Tanu Weds Manu!