Well, we have seen a lot of feminist films carrying fake agendas of freedom hiding behind sexual needs and desires. Whereas this Ratnaa Sinha directorial debut magnificently highlight some real feminist issues like the dowry practice and women empowerment in a simple lukewarm manner. This Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Kharbanda film is a truly aspiring arranged marriage journey of love set in the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh that goes through some unfortunate circumstances of its own. Aarti Shukla played by Kriti Kharbanda who aspires to become an IAS officer is madly in love with her upcoming bride Satyendra Mishra played by Rajkummar Rao an ordinary government office clerk with a funny English accent. He is equally mad to marry her. There is a huge grand dowry clause but it's not alone the factor of the bride running away as seen in the trailer.
The first half from the start is a bit slow but catering the build up to make it intense later on. The supportive cast is so beautifully relatable as every character was spot on and the casting cannot be better than this. Rajkummar Rao seems to enjoy this golden period of his career and in this film, his stellar performance that required versatility will definitely attract a lot of applauds. Moreover, Kriti evenly matched the acting standard of Rao and plays the prettiest UP girl you can ever come across.
The songs of the film don't go that great with the visuals but pleasant to watch the location though. 'Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki' sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali is the first track where both Aarti and Satyendra are spending quality time on Ganga Ghat. 'Main Hoon Saath Tere' by Arijit Singh is a feel-good romantic song supported by some sweet togetherness visuals. Last but not the least, 'Mera Intkam Dekhegi' by Krishna Beura is the standout song that just adds spice to the movie.
Cinematography by Suresh Beesaveni keeps up the pace with the screenplay and captures simple locations eloquently. Overall a not to miss flick if you are a Rajkummar Rao fan as the film doesn't disappoint you at any point. It just backs a bit melodrama to stretch the film further only at the climax but yes take this impressive invitation, 'Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana.'