Set in Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, Badhaai Ho is all about Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta), nicknamed Babli, Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) and their sons Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Gullar (Shardul Rana).
Priyamvada gets unexpectedly pregnant and this becomes a talking point in their social circles. Even their sons Nakul and Gullar find it embarrassing and grapple to cope with the situation. Their grandmother, played by Surekha Sikri, is shocked too.
However, its Reena (Sanya Malhotra), Nakul’s girlfriend, who is the one who is chilled about all that’s going on the Kaushik household. Her mother, essayed by Sheeba Chaddha, too is aghast as she finds out about Priyamvada’s pregnancy. She does not want her daughter to marry in a family which is sexually very active. Now, this adds to more humour, which already exists in the film.
Sanya Malhotra has managed to display amazing versatility playing a sensible, urban, wealthy woman of today in Badhaai Ho. Her breezy presence adds a distinct flavour to the film. On the other hand, Ayushmann Khurrana as Priyamvada’s eldest son is exceptional. He has belted out a sincere and an honest performance.
Surekha Sikri and Gajraj Rao and adorable, while Neena Gupta plays Priyamvada with a natural ease. She is the star of this film.
However, the beauty of Badhaai Ho is in its writing. One needs to applaud Shanatanu Srivastava, Akshat Ghildial, and Jyoti Kapoor for belting out such a beautiful and entertaining film. Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma, who earlier made the dreadful Tevar, has managed to handle the film so very beautifully and for this, he needs a standing ovation.
What’s commendable is that fact that the relationship of Priyamvada and Jeetender is the highlight of the film, but the director Amit Ravindernath Sharma does not focus enough on it. Instead, he focuses on Renee and Nakul’s relationship and the fight that breaks out between them over his mother’s pregnancy.
All in all, Badhaai Ho is a film that’s a must watch. Everything about this film is perfect and I am sure this one will surely bring a smile to your face.
Rating: Four And A Half