Director: Puneet Khanna
Writers: Navjot Gulati, Sumit Arora
Forged: Vikrant Massey, Yami Gautam, Suhail Nayyar, Ayesha Raza
Streaming On: Netflix
Debutant director Puneet Khanna isn’t a fan of nuance. So his movie has the simple title – Ginny Weds Sunny. And shaadi looms massive over the story. Boy and lady meet-cute at a giant, fats Punjabi wedding ceremony and their relationship culminates at a giant, fats vacation spot wedding ceremony. In between, Puneet tosses in all of the Punjabi clichés that Bollywood focuses on – from paneer pakoras to middle-aged mothers knocking again whiskey to the merchandise track in a membership with Badshah and Mika Singh. However there are just a few surprises.
Just like the casting of Vikrant Massey as Sunny. To this point, Vikrant has excelled at bringing a quiet depth to movies that might classify as left-of-mainstream. Consider his good flip as Shutu in A Death in the Gunj or the crafty allure with which he performed Kitty’s mendacity lover in Dolly, Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare. However right here, he’s a full-blown main man, with hair sprayed to standing, glowing purple jacket and killer dance strikes.
Then there are the supporting characters – Ginny’s mom Shobha, performed with aimable verve by Ayesha Raza, is a mixture of affection, exasperation and manipulation. She encourages Sunny to woo her daughter, advising him on how precisely to win her over. Sunny’s father, performed by Rajiv Gupta, can also be enjoyable. His droll expression provides comedy even when he says nothing. At one level, him, his spouse and Shobha are sitting, totally clothed, in a swimming pool, sipping their whiskeys, discussing how extremely messy their youngsters’s love life is. It’s a hilarious visible.
There’s additionally Suhail Nayyar enjoying Nishant, Ginny’s ex-boyfriend. Ginny and him are confused about whether or not they nonetheless like one another or not. Once more, Puneet spells it out – Ginny has him saved as ‘Confused’ on her cellphone. Nishant is a wealthy Jat from Rohtak who drives a BMW gifted to him by his mom however because it seems, he isn’t the lout you suppose he’s.
These sudden moments preserve Ginny Weds Sunny transferring however sadly, the movie by no means makes the leap from serviceable to glowing. Writers Sumit Arora and Navjot Gulati create the fascinating premise of a mom masterminding her daughter’s romance however the screenplay and dialogue are too banal to juice the arrange.
On Shobha’s directions, Sunny begins to stalk her daughter, exhibiting up on the metro or on the native Haldiram store or providing her auto rides. As Shobha tells him, ‘Pyaar ki hai? Ek behavior hoti hai bas.’ So Sunny does his greatest to grow to be a behavior with Ginny. However these sequences are poorly written and problematic – why doesn’t Ginny suppose there is a matter with Sunny popping up in all places? Who is aware of! The uninspired music doesn’t additional the narrative both.
The movie picks up tempo as soon as Ginny begins to get interested by Sunny. However even then, the screenplay is unnecessarily stretched. One of many huge holes is the character of Ginny. Yami Gautam is a proficient actor who can dial up the allure – as we noticed in her portrayal of the TikTok queen Pari in Bala. However right here her character doesn’t have definition – Ginny is a spitfire who needs to dwell life massive. So she smokes weed and is brazenly impolite to a potential groom however beneath the floor, there isn’t a lot meat. Ginny feels extra like an concept than an individual.
Vikrant does higher with Sunny. He seems decidedly awkward within the membership quantity and his accent is all over. However there are scenes through which his feelings join. There may be an angsty earnestness in Sunny that comes by. I simply want the movie had given him extra to play with – like what Rajkummar Rao bought with Pritam Vidrohi in Bareilly ki Barfi.
Puneet tries so as to add scale and ambiance to the movie with sweeping aerial photographs of Delhi. Like most movies based mostly within the metropolis, we additionally get scenes set within the metro and one in entrance of India Gate.
And that’s basically the issue with Ginny Weds Sunny – it’s too acquainted.
You may see the movie on Netflix India.