Tanu Weds Manu Returns Review

Tanu Weds Manu, which released in 2011, became a sleeper hit and achieved widespread popularity in North India. It also established Kangana Ranaut as a bankable lead actress and gave its director Anand Rai the platform to go on to make bigger films like Raanjhanaa. So it didn’t come across as much of a surprise when they announced the sequel to the original. The promos of Tanu Weds Manu have been liked by a section of the audience and expectations from the sequel are high. Will Anand Rai deliver his hat trick of hits? Will Kangana knock it out of the park once again after last year’s Queen? And most importantly, how will the sequel compare to the original?

Story: Tanu Weds Manu Returns  begins 4 years after the first film ends. Tanu got married to Manu and both are now settled in London. But the marriage isn’t working well as there is discontent in both Tanu and Manu about each other’s characteristics. They decide to shift back to India where Tanu goes back to her wild, carefree, pre-marriage ways and Manu meets a Haryana state level athlete called Kusum (Kangana playing her second character in the film). He decides to marry her and before that sends a divorce notice to Manu. Manu, also has her share of flings with her ex-lover Raja (Jimmy Shergill) and a lawyer (Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub). There are certain twists which take place and the film reaches its conveniently plotted climax.

Review: The best thing about Anand Rai’s films are that have rooted North Indian settings and Himanshu Sharma’s terrific writing which perfectly captures the milieu of that particular part of India. Here too, both of them have outdone their previous works with the sheer entertainment value! Tanu Weds Manu Returns is brimming with sheer nostalgia, funny dialogues and illogical-yet-interesting twists in the story. The film flows better than most commercial films do and that’s because the trajectory of the story doesn’t impede the flow of events. And what’s even more amazing is that Tanu Weds Manu Returns feels like a better film than the original Tanu Weds Manu. There are certain parts of the screenplay which drag on, particularly in the second half and certain issues were better left untouched in a film which is expected to only be lighthearted devoid of any social issues.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Tanu Weds Manu Returns

The technical aspects of Tanu Weds Manu Returns perfectly suit the type of film Anand Rai wanted to make. The cinematography captures North India in its full glory and the editing is also pretty snappy with no glaring issues. The costume design is good and the production design is realistic and simple.

The music isn’t as good as the first film but it is good nonetheless. The songs take the story forward and establish the characters. Our pick of the songs? Banno Tera Swagger Laage Sexy!

Acting: Let there be no doubt, Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a Kangana Ranaut acting vehicle where she is given ample opportunity to show off her tremendous talent. She is feisty and arrogant as the boisterous Tanu and a diminutive, naive and confident athlete with a Bob cut hair in the form of Kusum. She shows her class with Kusum, where her accent steals the show. R Madhavan doesn’t have a lot to do, unfortunately, and suitably downplays his role as he is required to. Deepak Dobriyal gets to deliver the best lines and delivers them with a straight faced elan! He steals many scenes. Jimmy Shergill, Swara Bhaskar are good in their roles and so is Ejaz Khan. The new additions to the squad Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and Rajesh Sharma are very well cast.

Conclusion: Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a fitting sequel to a highly liked original film. And in more respects than one, it out does the original without compromising on upping the entertainment quotient. What makes Tanu Weds Manu Returns so good, is the immense entertainment it offers throughout its running time regardless of the minor glitches. All the departments work well in tandem to deliver a deft piece of commercial cinema. If you decide to watch Tanu Weds Manu Returns, you will leave the cinema with a smile.

Rating: ★★★½☆ Also Read: Tanu Weds Manu Critic Reviews and Score



  • @Indicine, I think you mixed Tanu with Manu in your review. How can Manu send divorce notice to himself? Lol
    Be aware and read before posting!

  • @hrithik: Bhai fans always show why they are called bhaitards and u proved it once again..Now plz tell me how can i watched a film released in 2011 in theatres now that u are calling me a pirate??

  • I would love to see it on the big screen but Unfortunately TWMR is not releasing in my city.

    They r releasing it some other cities near my area but don’t know if it worth it for traveling or not !!!!

  • @indicine,nice review.will look forward to this film.because TWM released during when my Engineering career was started ,so I have some sweet memories attached with that film while watched and enjoyed with my group of friends unitedly.I doubt whether it’ll be as good as like the 1st installment or not?just want to know though I’ll watch it in theatre for sure.

    @nipun,ha ha, 1st installment was good ,hope you’ll watch it.

  • First thing first is that Our kindergarten dropout needs to watch movies like ET or X-Men before watching his Jadoo Boys papas home made cartoonish movies to get a better understanding of what plagiarism looks like…!

  • @JC

    Chill man

    The thing with reviews is that there are just like mainstream commercial cinema (hollywood or bollywood)- similar- if you like action films then you will find the same qualities in both films hence write up a like for like review- similarly if smart critics unlike wannabe strict critics like a film like TWMR then most likely they will like the same things about the film n write up similar reviews in chronological order outlining their fav parts as it happened in the movie…! Nothing criminal in that but take my advice n if you are a fan of a franchise like I am of the X-Men franchise or Transformers or Golmaal then ignore the reviews n go n support the type of cinema that entertains you n ignore the craps like Lootera or Non Flying Kites or Bombay Disaster that bores you…!


  • @hrithik

    Well said…

    The freeloader kShitij is a pirates fav customer just like our agony aunt nipun megha is… Such fools who contribute ZERO to bollywood bash it 100% when it makes films that both inbreds dont like- they have no right whatsoever -losers

  • Well said INDICINE –
    ”And why waste time reviewing a review?! Instead go watch the movie and post your review. ” …
    LOL !

    if u go n watch 20 reviews they will show same… kangna ausm… north indian set up… madhavan is ok….
    its general perception of film will be same…. why u being oversmart here… keep ur intellactual to urself… no reviewer will call besharam as classic n 3 idiots as bad film..,nevr… there might be similarity which is natural n coincidence ..its ur problm u read loads of reviews..

  • @bhojpuri sarkar fan 10:45am

    Go watch kings next movie in theatres n maybe kings next can collect 300cr

  • U can say it a very good movie.. But if u compare it with the first part… Its just 60% of that. I feel so, may be because, we have seen so many things before in the first part.. Puupy’s humour, tanu’s family, tanu herself and Manu’s nature. So this time only new thing was “kusum” for me.. And that job was also brilliantly done by kangana again. So for me and the people who have watched first part so many time(people who rember the every line from puppy) will just found kusum as a new thing in this part. So it was just 60% of the first movie for me..

  • Brilliant movie from start to finish.. Awesome acting by Kangs, Swara Bhaskar and Deepak Dobriyal..Madhavan and Jimmy Shergill give ample support..

  • No actress can match the acting talent of kangana right now. She is lady aamir. Can pull off any character with ease and perfection hats off to kangana

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