What happens when a middle-aged mother who has a son who is old enough to be married, gets pregnant? That is exactly what Badhaai Ho is all about. A middle-aged couple Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta) and Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) find out that they are having a third baby. The two already have 2 sons Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Gullar (Shardul Rana). While Nakul is working and is on the verge of getting married while the Gullar is in his teens.
When the family gets to know that they are expecting, all of them are embarrassed and try and stay away from their social lives. Their children are disgusted with them and question; “Yeh bhi koi mummy papa ke karne ki cheez hai?” The there are of course nosey neighbours and equally nosey relatives and friends who think they have committed a crime!
Badhaai Ho is a reflection of a typical Indian middle-class society where on one hand they have the godh bharai ceremony to celebrate motherhood but at the same time speak about sex in hushed tones and are of the opinion that sexual desires are only limited to the younger generation. But it is taboo for all the mummies and papas! The USP of the film is that it gives a beautiful message regarding the same issue in a fun and light way without sounding or being preachy.
The reactions of the two adult boys and the emotions they go through when they are suddenly given the news of their mother’s pregnancy. Their feelings from embarrassment to acceptance has been beautifully weaved in the film. The way the parents break the news to their family is hilarious! The subtle romantic moments between Priyamvada and Jeetender are the highlight of the film and the two of them completely steal the show.
What also makes this situational humor film a fun watch is an excellent cast and their performances in the film. Gajraj Rao’s performance as the father to be is brilliant. His body language, mannerisms, and expressions will have you in splits. Neena Gupta is convincing in her role as the middle-aged pregnant mother. A special mention to Surekha Sikri, who plays the typical dadi who loves to complain about her ‘bahu’ but will stand up for bahu when she needs support. There is a dialogue where she says that it is ok for her middle-aged son and his wife to have sexy( meaning sex!) that had the whole audience laughing out loud! Shardul Rana as the annoying younger brother is the kinds we all know. Shardul fits into his role with ease and looks real.
Ayushmann as the embarrassed son, who feels overloaded with social pressure has played his part very well. Ayushmann has mostly done films where he is in an embarrassing situation; like the man who makes a living donating his sperm in Vicky Donor or the one who suffers from erectile dysfunction in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Ayushmann has done it all. This time too in Badhaai Ho, Ayushmann is faced with an embarrassing situation and he pulls the role with ease.
Sanya Malhotra plays Ayushmann’s girlfriend Reene. Renee is a modern, cool independent girl who belongs to an upper-middle-class family and lives with her mom. She has a very modern approach to life. She looks relatable and like the kind of girls we all come across or know.
Tracks like ‘Badhaiyaan Tenu’, ‘Naina Na Jodeen’ and ‘Sajan Bade Senti’ by Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli, and JAM8 fit the different situations in the film perfectly. There are some beautiful heartwarming moments in the film that can tear you up. Like the scene between the two brothers where they talk about their parents and decide that they should no longer live with fear and embarrassment or the one where Ayushmann confronts Renee’s mother and tells her how he has run away from his responsibilities of being a good son just when his parents need him.
Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma’s screenplay and direction totally engage the audience even though there are a few minute loopholes. While the film makes the audience laugh, it also sends home a social message. Badhaai Ho is not just engaging but also a feel-good film that leaves a smile on your face.
Go catch Badhaai Ho at a theater near you and let smiles and laughter overpower sadness and boredom this Dusshera weekend!