- Varun Dhawan as Badrinath Bansal
- Alia Bhatt as Vaidehi Trivedi
- Aakanksha SinghAs Kiran
- Gauahar Khan as Laxmi Shankar
- Shweta Basu Prasad as Urmila
- Rituraj Singh as Badrinath’s father
- Kanupriya Pandit as Vaidehi’s mother
- Atul Narang as Sagar
- Gaurav Pandey
- Yash Sinha as Badrinath’s Brother
- Sahil Vaidas Badrinath’s friend
DIRECTION: Shashank Khaitan
TIME DURATION: 2 HRS 30MIN
Badrinath (Varun Dhawan) is looking for a typical bride; Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) is looking for an independent life. They fall in love despite their opposing views on gender and life in general. Together they must break with tradition and redefine their role, to be together.
The movie is set in small towns of Uttar Pradesh, Jhansi and Kota where patriarchy is as evident as daylight, the movie focuses on Badrinath, a sahukar’s son who is in pursuit of a bride. He spots Vaidehi at a wedding and starts wooing her. But Vaidehi is a lot different to other girls. She doesn’t believe in a marriage that is based upon dowry. In total, she’s that mutant small-town girl that has her own opinions and ambitions and most importantly, a spine.
Her character is the backbone of this story. She’s fierce and real; she’s pushed down but gets back up; she protects her dreams and for once, doesn’t get emotionally manipulated. Except that of her father’s heart condition.
Through Vaidehi, the movie checks all the important issues: gender issues, feminism, consent, etc. But the story is treated so stylistically (with elaborate song sequences and flashbacks and cinematic moments) that it loses heat. At times, characters speak like public service announcements, and seem a little contrived.
The runtime doesn’t help either. The story has an obvious climax, so sitting two and a half hours to find out what you already know might make you uncomfortable. But the breezy vibe of the movie and back-to-back hilarious lines will get you through it.
Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt together make the best thing that could have happened to our screens. The beautiful effortlessness of their onscreen companionship plasters a grin on your face. Dhawan as Badri is adorable; you instantly take to him. He even pulls off some high-drama scenes impressively. Bhatt, unsurprisingly, gives it her all, and her sincerity comes through. But her accent, casually swinging between Juhu and Jhansi, is bothersome at times.
In total, this wedding is grand, with good music, great people and delicious foods, which people with not forget for some time.