Manmarziyaan is Director Anurag Kashyap’s most vibrant and colorful film. This one is a pretty good deviation from his usual dark and gritty subject matters like the recent Sacred Games series and the Wasseypur franchise.
Yet it is not devoid of his trademark style of genuine characters and complex emotions.
Manmarziyaan is based in Amritsar Pubjab where Rumi (Taapsee Pannu) and Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) are passionate lovers, but as much they love the adventure of stealing moments of intimacy amidst the family and society, they are reluctant to the commitment and follow the traditional path of companionship, Vicky more than Rumi.
Abhishek Bachchan plays Robbie the anchor to the vibrant madness of Rumi and Vicky. A London based banker who is looking for a companion.
There is a lot to appreciate in this film.
- The story is simple but the screenplay is complex and it is pretty unpredictable. It drags towards the second half but eventually finds its grip.
- The Anurag Kashyap Amit Trivedi combo has delivered a superb soundtrack and is used beautifully in the film.
- The performances are first rate, Vicky Kaushal is a revelation with each film, he imbibes the confused, irresponsible but crazily in love DJ Sands. Taapsee is incredible and is uninhibited as Rumi who is inherently rebellious, yet immensely vulnerable. Abhishek Bachchan’s restrained underplayed act as a man who wants to be an option for Rumi knowingly, leaves a mark. The supporting cast does complete justice to their part.
- The cinematography by Sylvester Ponseka is top notch, the narrow streets of Amritsar come alive in each frame. Also, a short duration in Kashmir is captured majestically.
- Anurag Kashyap is a good director but he is a little over indulgent in his craft, this leads to the momentum getting hit in second half, yet this one is a new spin to the old-world love triangle and mostly a watchable film.