Atrangi Re: A Unique Concept that Takes You on A Funnily Weird Path
Atrangi Re starts off with Rinku on the run, pursued by a few men. She is not, however, a helpless maiden, she’s brave, bold, and tenacious.
Rinku’s authoritarian grandmother and uncles, on the other hand, demand to know the name of the guy she’s been planning to elope with for years. Rinku isn’t prepared to reveal his name just yet, even as her grandmother orders her uncles to pick up (read ‘abduct’) any strange guy outside their community and marry her off right away so that she is no longer a burden on the family. Vishu is about to get engaged to Mandy, his college dean’s daughter, who he has known since childhood. However, it transpires that instead of being married to Rinku, he has been forcibly married to her. Dhanush and Sara have a unique connection that adds life to the screen even if it isn’t completely obvious.
Producer Aanand L Rai and his scriptwriter Himanshu Sharma (story, screenplay, and dialogues) have once again delivered a unique tale about characters who are polar opposites and would never meet in real life or typical circumstances. In a love story, Rai goes off the beaten path to create a new, previously unimagined problem. At the same time, he effectively evokes the tastes of the locations visited by the narrative, while also giving each one its own appeal. The initial half is simple, and even though there’s a notion of what might happen in the first half, it’s lost in translation thanks to Vishnu’s friend Madhsudhan (Ashish Verma), who narrates the tale. As a result, the narrative becomes monotonous and tedious in the latter part, making you question where it will all end up. The story isn’t working because it’s complex and unusual, which is difficult to convey in a movie without difficulties, and that’s where the narrative falls short. The bad news is that the effort has usually been to keep the comic thread going. Without getting too caught up in it, the film also addresses mental health issues.
Director: Aanand L. Rai
Writer: Himanshu Sharma
Stars: Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar
The story isn’t working because it’s complex and unusual, which is difficult to convey in a movie without difficulties, and that’s where the narrative falls short. The bad news is that the effort has usually been to keep the comic thread going. Without getting too caught up in it, the film also addresses mental health issues.
Dhanush gives a versatile performance and effectively conveys the many emotions Vishu experiences throughout the film. The actor is in excellent form as he expresses surprise and rage at being kidnapped, confesses his love for Rinku, or shows his helplessness when he fears he’ll lose her to another guy, among other things. Rinku’s character is extremely well played by Sara Ali Khan, and she delivers her performance with plenty of gusto. A little bit of self-restraint might have added to her performance at other parts in the film, particularly some emotional sequences.
As Sajjad, Akshay Kumar has a restricted role in the film, though his character is important to the plot. He appears in one of the movie’s most exciting moments, when he performs a daring stunt as a “man on fire.” Ashish Verma plays Vishnu’s buddy Madhusudhan and provides excellent support with his comic delivery.
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The film was shot in Sivan, Bihar and Delhi, Tamil Nadu and is distributed by Vidyaa Movies. Nitin Zihani Choudhary’s production design gives the film a rich and vibrant appearance that begins in Sivan, Bihar and moves to Delhi and Chennai over the course of the narrative. The cinematographer Pankaj Kumar has done an excellent job of capturing each city’s personality, further enhancing the image of the movie.
Once again, A R Rahman establishes his authority as a composer in the present day. While his music adds to the drama, his folk-classical-inspired score touches a chord and even has you tap your feet to the rhythms. Irshad Kamil gets credit for his versatile lyrics, whether it’s songs like Chaka Chak, Tera Rang, and Little Little or soulful Tumhe Mohabbat Hai and Rait Zara Si, or upbeat Garda, making it an excellent album that listeners can enjoy all day long.
While there are parts of the film that will leave you wondering and curious, it isn’t to say that the movie doesn’t entertain in full. Here’s a unique narrative with an intriguing cast of characters, a refreshing soundtrack, and some excellent acting performances. This could be your choice of the week if you’re looking for a hatke musical love story.