Atrangi Re is a movie about Sara Ali Khan's Rinku on the run while some men are after her. However, she is bold and strong and her first attempt at escaping with boyfriend Sajid Ali Khan (Akshay Kymar) fails and that leads to Rinku's grandmother being after her to get her married. As a result, she is made to marri Dhanush's Vishu, a medical student from Tamil Nadu, and is all set to get engaged to his dean's daughter Mandy.
Now, they are returning to Vishu's college in New Delhi, however, things lead to him developing feelings for her. And that's when the movie takes a turn, which may or may not be for the best, but create a lot of drama.
Dhanush is an absolute treat to watch and he does justice to every bit of the film. Sara is yet another beautiful addition to the movie and together, they both manage to keep you interested and how. Dhanush manages to own every scene and he knows what he is doing, convincing you with everything he does too.
That said, Sara is also a great great performer, however, one might visibly want for the narrative to be better than it is. Her accent does not seem forced, and she dwells into it beautifully. Akshay, on the other hand, is a rather average performer in what is a typical masala movie, with a twist that there is. For his fans, they know he can do better, for he has a bunch of great great performances to his credit.
In more aspects than one, Atrangi Re does stand by as an atrangi story and stays true to its name. Though it isn't all that unconventional, it is a start and a fine beginning. The performances are good and Dhanush and Sara both do a great job at it. In addition, the direction by Aanand L Rai is also spectacular and does justice to his filmography after all.
What is also fun about the movie is the range of emotions that the film takes you through, right from humour to the tears and of course, the conversation around mental health. The screenplay sets well with what is happening on the screen and in the end, you are left a little teary-eyed, for the right reasons of course.
The locales of Bihar, Delhi, and Madurai have all been captured beautifully, and AR Rahman's music along with Irshad Kamil's lyrics are like a perfect match for the story. There are moments that are elevated because of the score that plays and the songs we hear. Arijit Singh's 'Tumhein Mohabbat Hai' is a beautiful beautiful song!
The Not So Good
Akshay's character could have been written a little better while the second half does feel a little dull in comparison to everything that happens right from the beginning.
One might not agree to the movie being a typical romcom, but it is also not something that is very different from what we have seen. However, the movie does manage to set itself apart ,