Directed By: Ajay K Pannalal
Produced By: Tony D’souza, Amul Vikas Mohan, Nitin Upadhyaya
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Shruti Haasan
Duration: 2 hour 08 minutes
With ‘Behen Hogi Teri’, we’ve got one more love story to watch with the concept of ‘mohalle wala pyaar’, but this one’s with a twist. For starters, Rajkummar Rao, who plays Gattu, is crushing real hard on Shruti Haasa, as Binny and his beautiful neighbour. And their Lucknowi mohalla is notorious for bhai-zoning men. And Gattu lands himself in a similar situation since Binny’s family considers him as her brother.
Gattu somehow manages to win over Binny, but a small confusion leads to a wider conflict. Gattu’s father Nautiyal (Darshan Jariwala) spots Gattu’s best friend Bhoora (Harry Tangri) with Binny and assumes them to be a couple. One thing leads to another and Binny’s brother Jaidev (Ninad Kamat) finds a rich guy named Rahul (Gautam Gulati) for Binny and decides to get her married off to the suave, dashing foreign return guy. Amidst this all, Gattu is left helpless as he cannot muster the courage to confess to Binny’s family about his feelings for her. He ends up getting bhaizoned. So, will he be able to open up and reveal to the world about his love for Binny? Will Binny get married off to Rahul? These are some questions that will be answered when you watch the movie.
Talking about the performances, Rajkummar Rao is the best part of this predictable rom-com, while Shruti Haasan struggles to match up to him. Moving out of his comfort zone, Rao has picked a very typical lover boy kinda role and he nails it here too. Harry Tangri who made a blink and miss appearance as cricketer Yuvraj Singh in ‘M. S. Dhoni – The Untold Story’ is here as the hero’s best buddy and he has picked the accent and nuances of Lucknow pretty well. Now, let’s talk about experienced and senior bunch of actors comprising of Darshan Jariwala, Ninad Kamat, Ranjeet, Gulshan Grover. Ahh yes, the bad man is back and he does what he knows best, being the baddie. Grover as Bhoora’s father plays a negative role, but his character lacks meat. Ranjeet is barely there for a few scenes. Darshan Jariwala and Ninad Kamat are amazing in their characters.
The storyline is very predictable, but there are some fun scenes too like a drunk Gattu and Bhoora venting out their frustration on the Rahuls of Bollywood. Or the death of Binny’s grandmother which has been given a comical twist. There are just a handful of scenes in ‘Behen Hogi Teri‘ which will make you chuckle, but the sagging plot and the even more stretched climax doesn’t leave us impressed. The background score is not impressive and nor is the cinematography. If not for Rajkummar Rao’s effortless charm, the movie wouldn’t qualify for even a one-time watch.
So, the bottom line is, go for ‘Behen Hogi Teri‘ only if you are a fan of Rao or Haasan, or probably if you have ample time in hand over the weekend and want to catch a light-hearted comedy.