Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety: An Illogical Film That Is Sexist, Politically Incorrect and Simply Mindless
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Directed by Luv Ranjan, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a tug of war between bromance and romance. Throw in a few bottles of Whiskey, a couple of misogynistic men and stereotypical female characters and that pretty much sums up this illogical film. Here and there, director Ranjan does provide you with a few laughs but they never compensate for the loud and crass screenplay.
Sonu (Kartik Aryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) are inseparable childhood friends. Every time the soft-hearted Titu meets with a heart-break, a cynical Sonu is always there to mend his friend’s heart back to normalcy. Pretty soon, Sonu even manages to formulate a ‘bro code’ that will indefinitely prevent his friend from having his heart broken. But this code is shattered when the quintessential Indian girl, Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha) walks into their lives. Titu is love struck while Sonu suspects an ulterior motive behind this lady who seems ‘too good to be true’. Sonu’s relentless effort to break up his best friend’s wedding forms the crux of this story.
If you thought Director Ranjan’s Pyaar Ka Punchnama was sexist, you’ve hit the mother lode with this film. Sure, the central character’s recurring and one-sided rants in the former will leave you infuriated, but Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety takes it a step further. The film by itself is based on Sonu trying to break his best friend marriage just because he believes a woman like Sweety is too good to be true.
Why is this woman too good to be true you ask? Wrong question! The answer to this one is as stereotypical as it gets. Sweety has no ambitions. She is either cooking or volunteering at the local NGO. She is Bollywood’s so called ideal ‘Indian Bahu (Daughter-in-law)’. So, over here the director hits two birds with one stone. He not only conceives a misogynistic plot but ensures that the ideology remains conservatively old fashioned too.
To say that this film has been shot in the male gaze would be insulting to other men who actually acknowledge the reality that women aren’t born just to play scheming and manipulative roles. As expected, the men in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety can do and say whatever they want while the women are airheads who just groove to demeaning numbers like Bom Diggy Diggy Bom Bom.
Comedy does come naturally to the director. Moments between many supporting characters in the film make you laugh. But they come nowhere close to compensating for the politically incorrect screenplay that runs completely devoid of logic. In fact, the screenplay is just as loud and crass as the background music. Not to mention the amount of things the writer takes for granted; for instance, you are repeatedly told that Sweety is bad but there is no proper justification to back this. The entire film appears too one-sided to be a plot based on the battle of sexes. Without any reasoning or explanation, the actions in the film carry on in a perspective that is offensive to say the least.
Kartik Aryan’s performance as Sonu is plain and juvenile. But one can’t expect more from the actor as his character is written quite hastily. As Titu, Sunny Singh is reluctant. He doesn’t seem to have his heart in it, or maybe that’s just the way Titu was written; a whole lot of cowardice with no personality of his own. As Sweety, Nushrat Bharucha barely has anything significant to do. Ideally, the writer should’ve put more thought into making at least one of these characters likeable. All you get instead are shallow caricatures that one can never relate to.
The cinematography and music follow the typical Bollywood preset. You get to witness loud colours, louder music, a bromance song and an unnecessary item number. Throw all this together with a lot of mindlessness and absolutely no subtlety, you have yourself the clichéd Bollywood preset.
On the whole, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety falls short of qualifying for even mindless entertainment. It spends so much time trying to justify its actions. But in the end, it is yet another politically incorrect film that is completely devoid of logic.