Badrinath Ki Dulhania has received good reviews from critics. Considering the genre of the film, a rating of 3 star or better is excellent.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Indicine
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a movie which holds the standard set by Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. It is entertaining, it gives out a social message, it has great performances from the two leads and it holds a nice page throughout the duration of the movie. If you liked the first part, you should definitely check out Badrinath Ki Dulhania. It doesn’t try to outdo or copy the original and that is what makes this sequel unique.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Dhawan and Bhatt are surrounded by a bunch of able actors, all of whom are given things to do. Of special note is a terrific act by Sahil Vaid as the Hero’s Best Friend, who bids fair to be the best part of the film. Apart, of course from Alia Bhatt, who manages to pull off a pitch-perfect performance as the ‘dulhaniya’ with a mind and will of her own. Varun Dhawan is good too, as the entitled wealthy boy-who-may-never-turn-into-man, and then finding his feminist feet.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
The first half of the film moves at a brisk pace, while the second half gets bogged down by an overly long stretch about Vaidehi’s profession as an air hostess. We are given a crash course on what it takes to be a flight attendant and it isn’t always riveting. However, it’s the chemistry between the lead pair is what keeps you hooked to this romance. While the comical twists put a smile on your face, a stray joke about homosexuals was unwarranted and grating.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
The runtime doesn’t help either. This is a story with an obvious climax, so sitting through two and a half hours to find out what you already know might get uncomfortable. But the breezy vibe of the movie and back-to-back hilarious lines should get you through it. Together, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt are the best thing that could have happened to our screens. The beautiful effortlessness of their onscreen companionship plasters a grin on your face. Dhawan as Badri is adorable; you instantly take to him. He even pulls off some high-drama scenes impressively. Bhatt, unsurprisingly, gives it her all, and her sincerity comes through. But her accent, casually swinging between Juhu and Jhansi, is bothersome at times.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Tushar Joshi on DNA India
Mid way through the film, you get a sense of been there seen that. Varun-Alia’s pairing is terrific, but the novelty is missing. Scenes of auditioning a bridegroom for a bride seem dated. Also the second half gets a bit lazy before leading to a very predictable climax. There are moments when you wish the screenplay had something more to offer. Varun and Alia’s hinterland accents take some time to get used to. Vaidehi and Badri are from Kota and Jhansi, which aren’t necessarily small towns, yet their characters seem too urban in terms of their look and styling. Badrinath Ki Dulhania is light, entertaining and likeable. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt prove that on screen chemistry can be enough sometimes to keep you engaged in an average plot with a predictable narrative.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
That Aalia Bhatt is a wonderful actor, and can just as easily be Kumari Pinky, a laborer in Udta Punjab as Vaidehi Mishra in this film, is a given. She is luminous. But Varun Dhawan is a revelation. He can prance and dance like the best of the younger lot, but there is something vulnerable about his muscle bound Badri and that is commendable. Saahil Vaid is truly a super support, a friend you’d want if you are in trouble. This is certainly not Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but stands in its own place. Happy to entertain.
Review by Rashma Shetty Bali on Bollywood Life
The second half falters and the efforts to incorporate Singapore tourism is too on your face. While we see Badri and Vaidehi’s relationship build, the build-up itself is a little boring. Again the film is too predictable and in fact right before the interval the twist too becomes a little too predictable. The movie could have been edited better. The climax is almost like the makers were in a hurry to sum up their film. It’s shoddy and a very strong message gets lost. Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan prove that their pair means a bona fide success. Shashank Khaitan gives you a movie that you can relax with family and friends on an extended Holi weekend. Go watch it especially for Varun Dhawan!
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
By rendering her character as a picture of refined grace and magnanimity, Alia makes Varun’s turnaround seem emotional not enforced. She is Badrinath’s greatest asset and ability. Both the film and its leading man have the good sense to recognise that.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Many might see Badrinath Ki Dulhania as largely inoffensive, harmless fun. But the subliminal points that the film makes about the way men treat women in Indian society borders on the dangerous. Badri wants Vaidehi to believe that simply because he has never misbehaved with her nor held her hand by force, he has done no wrong. But his endless badgering of the girl compels her to take a step that places her instantly in opposition with her own people. Not done!
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Director Shashank Khaitan’s understanding of modern-day relationships is a job well done. He has managed to capture the intricacies and complications of a human mind in a pretty relatable way.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Discrepancies in screenplay don’t help either. In order to keep up a fast pace, the story hops locations. It appears that the filmmakers succumbed to the conventional demand to feature an exotic, shooting-friendly location rather than being guided by the script. So the story moves from Jhansi to Singapore via Mumbai. Sahil Vaid, Badri’s English-fearing friend, grabs his chance here and shines.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Samrudhi Ghosh on India Today
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is peppered with humour; some of it great, but some horribly misplaced. For instance, Badri gets molested by a bunch of muggers who suddenly shift focus from robbing him to make the most of his good looks. As he tries to cover up his torn t-shirt with Vaidehi’s dupatta, the theatre erupts in rip-roaring laughter. So much for a film which champions feminism!
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Raghav Jaitly on Zeenews
‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ turns out to be a complete entertainer. Keeping in mind the Holi spirit and festivities, the movie not only brings smiles on your faces but also forces you to question meaningless traditions and other social evils. In the flick, Varun Dhawan shines as an innocent lover while Alia makes an impact with her firm attitude. The film also carries the fragrance of Indian small towns in its heart.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Coming to the actors now. Varun Dhawan is an eye catcher in every frame. He represents the entire clan of boys who are suppressed by their families to take dowry from the girls they want to marry. His dialogue delivery and tone are just perfect. With every film, Alia Bhatt proves that she is the best of the current lot. She represents the section of upper middle class society who aspires to dream big and voice against the evil society. Yash Sinha, Shweta Basu, Swanand Kirkire, Aparshakti Khurrana and Gauahar Khan are good in their respective roles. A huge round of applause to Sahil Vaid who adds a comical element till the last frame.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Bollywood Hungama
Even though the film is not laced with memorable one liners, the film does have its share of hard-hitting dialogues and funny moments. Do not miss the scenes where they hold an audition to find a suitable groom for Alia’s sister, Varun wooing Alia in the running bus, the introduction scene of Aparshakti Khurana, Alia Bhatt’s ‘cover-up’ act of Varun’s bare chest’ with her dupatta, the fighting between Varun and his friend in the sea and also the oxygen cylinder scenes, which symbolises the state of Indian fathers in a very humorous way.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Director Shashank Khaitan, who also helmed the Alia-Varun starrer Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, takes a boy-meets-girl story (with snatches from a dozen similar films) and gives it a predictable spin. But he manages well in drafting the emotional peaks — a memorable one being Vaidehi’s heartfelt call to her parents to inform them about her new job after absconding for a year. From the soundtrack, the Tamma Tamma reprise stands out, while most others do little beyond extending the film’s runtime.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
All said and done, in spite of its flaws, BADRINATH KI DULHANIA is a sweet and enjoyable rom com that has an undercurrent of dowry for a change. Previously Bollywood has handle dowry in its social melodramas like DULHA BIKTA HAI, GHAR HO TOH AISA, RAJA KI AAYEGI BAARAT, DAWAAT-E-ISHQ. Shashank Kahitan could have made a better film on the issue and given it a quirky, funny thought provoking turn but he allows this film to get happily surrender to the formulae of a rom com. It’s more crowd pleasing then soul stirring.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Badrinath Ki Dulhania sends across a message effectively that in the absence of respect, love cannot survive and there are moments in the film, which will make you cheer the makers. Though some scenes may come across as contrived, the makers have their hearts in the right place and so, the film does manage to touch your heart.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
Maybe, on occasion, you could. And this is mainly because the lead actors look so effortless and easygoing on screen, even as they try rather hard to sound like small-townies. This is a story of young love, if you may. Alia’s the only under-25 star suited for that bracket. Varun, on the other hand, is the only proper, under-30 male star around, who often aims his antics at the front-bencher, single screen audiences that this dance-drama also seems to be aimed at.
Review by Sonia Chopra on Sify
It’s nice that the film has a heroine with an ambition; god knows how puzzlingly rare that is. It’s wonderful to see the relationship evolve as the two understand each other better, and develop respect along with love. But did such a wonderful message have to be incorporated with chauvinistic clichés like stalking and sexist dialogue? Several films, in their bid to please a varied audience, give muddled insights, but this one is the queen of the mixed message movie.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania Review by Indiaglitz
Director Shashank Khaitan fails to connect properly due to the lethargic screenplay in the second half. The director diverts his movie from its main roots for unnecessary reasons and that too for a long period. The grip over his character, their stories and the whole entertainment quotient in the film slips out at several times. Gauhar Khan is highly wasted. ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ is entertainingly meaningful and will be liked by the youngsters as well as the family audience.
Review by meeta on Wogma
The other actors do play their parts alright, but the thick accents seem too put-on. It is difficult to believe that Varun Dhawan or Alia Bhatt have grown up with that background. Their performances are not bad at all. However, knowing what they are capable of, his performance came across as too generic and Alia in fact felt a little too shrill. Sure, the attempt at being progressive is obvious. But Badrinath Ki Dulhania seems to go about it rather lazily – taking the simplest “next steps” without a introspective and/or an exploratory eye at, what real life dowry cases or cases where a woman is held down, look like.
Review by Manju Ramanan on Masala
The film has various small pointers to characters – the giant chess-board outside Badri’s house that is dominated by his father, Alia answering ‘claustrophobia’ to a question posed to her and later explaining it as ghutan or being stifled into roles expected of her.
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