Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Avneet Kaur, Vipin Sharma
Director: Sai Kabir
Like Jaan E. Manntitle Tiku marries Sheru it appears in extra bold type with bulbs and lights flashing in the letters, suggesting that it could be a flashy and vibrant love story with all the idiosyncrasies that Hindi cinema is all about. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s character gets a nice nostalgic introduction to how heroes were introduced in the 70s. He is a junior artist who likes to improvise even if the consequences are a furious insult. Siddiqui does quirkiness well, and it shows in the way he does it; he could also come from exhaustion from playing characters fueled by guns and gore. And then we have newcomer Avneet Kaur, another impulsive aspiring actress who speaks bad English. This device that is still used for comic relief no longer works and seems childish and pretentious. Kaur echoes Antra Mali’s sentiments of Principal Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon with much stronger performance.
Still, there is a certain charm to the way Siddiqui and Kaur’s scenes are staged, especially their awkward and funny scenes.uhaagraat which quickly brought doomed Bobby Deol and the devilish Ameesha Patel’s humraaz in mind. The film shows the thoughts and dreams of the hero and the heroine as dialogues about ambition and dreams. At one point, the hero says that Mumbai is a dream city, but all he has seen is how they suffocate. But the tone of the story remains lighthearted; like that of Kangana Ranaut Tanu marries Manu, his first production is also on the path of some kind of similar treatment for now. But Sai Kabir takes the narrative through many dark alleys that feel sudden and abrupt. The intention here might have been to expose the underbelly of the movie world and how bleak it can be (in Sheru’s own words), but adding drugs, sex, scandals, scams, an unnecessary cameo almost threatens to make this a bland medley.
what keeps Tiku marries Sheru afloat are Tiku and Sheru. Just as Tiku is introduced, his and Sheru’s age difference is quickly addressed and most movies avoid. Sheru’s cheerfulness and Tiku’s stubbornness mesh well, as do his humorous bickering. Siddiqui knows how to walk the tightrope of tragedy and comedy and he does it well here too. And Kaur too, his naivety and rage surprisingly of him make Tiku more cute than cacophonous. But the movie should have been as flashy and vibrant as the title made it out to be. periods.
Rating: 3 (out of 5 stars)
Tiku Weds Sheru is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video India