Manmarziyaan (2018) by Director Anurag Kashyap (who had acted in the Tamil film Imaikkaa Nodigal 2018 and had given many successful films in Bollywood like Gangs of Wasseypur 2012) is an engaging triangular love story.

The film centres around a Punjabi girl Rumi Bagga (played by Taapsee Pannu, whose last Tamil films were Kanchana 2 (2015) and Vai Raja Vai (2015)) living in a joint family in Amritsar. She is in love with her boyfriend Vicky (played by Vicky Kaushal) who is hesitant to get engaged, this leaves her with no option but to agree for an arranged marriage with an NRI Robbie (played by Abhishek Bachchan). What happens between the three and who does Rumi settle down is the story. The story is a familiar one, reminding me of shades of R.Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut starring “Tanu Weds Manu (2011)“, but the way it has been told from the point of view of Rumi makes it enjoyable.

While Vicky has got a typical boyfriend role, Taapsee and Abhishek have got difficult roles to do and they have done those well. Abhishek impressed me with his mature, measured performance. The film could’ve been a lot better had it been trimmed, the 2:30 hours running time was long. Otherwise a good watch.

The film is available on Jio Cinema with English subtitles.

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