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Hindi movie Tiku Weds Sheru review
The director Sai Kabir’s debut vehicle was the 2014 movie Revolver Rani and that film which was a satirical story on Bollywood and politics headlined by Kangana Ranaut. Now, when Kabir returned to the same theme with Ranaut as the producer, there was hope and misgiving. The former stemmed from the fact that the director was on known territory. But the latter was due to the uneasiness that he might be purveying more of the same.
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In the event, Tiku Weds Sheru, which is about a middle-aged man and young woman’s wide-eyed, desperate dreams to make it big in Bollywood, never rises beyond the obvious. The film, with a quirky lead pair who seem ready to go to any length to manifest their ambitions, is bogged by the confusion of what it wants to be. A spoofy and edgy take on Bollywood and its soft underbelly or a romantic caper between two unlikely persons in different age groups. It could have been both in the hands of a more assured director, one more daring. After the flourish in the film’s initial segments, Kabir quickly returns to the path of predictability. The story carries plenty of potential and possibilities. Hence when it fails to achieve them, the disappointment is more.
Shiraz aka Sheru (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a hard-up junior artist in Bollywood. Full of uncertainty, he has to moonlight as a drug peddler and pimp to get by. Then there is Taslessm, aka Tiku (Avneet Kaur), a small-town girl ready to go to any length to make it big as a Bollywood actress. Sheru and Tuku get into a marriage of convenience, hiding the seamier sides of their respective lives from the other. But their dark truths eventually catch up with their marriage, which hits the inevitable rough patch. With the dreams looking distant, the two must mend their ways, hold on to their common life, or go their separate ways in their sustained quest. Okay, by now, you know the ending.
Woven into the zany world of Sheru and Tiku is the politics of Bollywood, where outsiders have little going for them (there is a scene where an excited Tiku screams at Kangana, who is passing by, that she wants work as she is also an outsider like her. It is a bit narcissistic in a film produced by Kanagana herself. But the truth in the line is undeniable). There is also the presence of typical politicos whose bad influence Bollywood cannot escape from. None of these come together coherently in the narrative because, save for the lead characters, the rest have been written shoddily without depth.
On the acting front, Nawazuddin is typically bankable despite being over the top in places. The young Avneet is more assured and more involved as she steals the scene as the girl from a small town with dreams in her eyes. Despite their solidity, the lack of chemistry between them is another factor. It is not just their age difference (one is in the 40s and the other in the 20s). There is hardly any spark in their equation. It is impossible to overlook in a film that sets so much store on the leads.
Tiku Weds Sheru seems a marriage of inconvenience.
An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.