It’s not uncommon for a person to be jealous of the best friend’s partner or even have an inherent dislike for him/her. In the past, Dil Chahta Hai and even De Taali tackled on this issue but both the films weren’t based on this idea as such. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety however is a 140-minute-long film centered on this bromance vs romance conflict. What’s more, it’s directed by Luv Ranjan, who entertained the youth with Pyaar Ka Punchnama series. Thankfully, Luv Ranjan yet again succeeds in entertaining viewers. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a film that should create a craze amongst the youngsters!

The story of the movie: Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) are childhood buddies and are very close. Sonu is very protective of Titu and forces him to take certain decisions in life, which the latter is unable to take. After going through a break up, Titu agrees to arrange marriage. He meets Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha) and both fall for each other. Sonu however realizes that something is fishy and that Sweety is not as sweet as she presents herself to be. Sonu tries to expose her but all her efforts are foiled by Sweety.

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety gets on a high from the first scene itself. Sonu’s intro scene might remind one of his famous monologues. The characters and the setting are neatly and entertainingly established followed by the opening credits. The entry of Sweety takes the film to another level. It’s really amusing to see the bond that Sonu and Titu share and what all Sonu has to do to ‘foil’ Sweety’s plans. But that’s not all – there are many other characters in the movie that add to the fun, especially Ghasite (Alok Nath) and Lalu Kaka (Virendra Saxena). The film comes at a decisive point during the intermission. In the second half, the film takes unpredictable turns that keep the interest going. The film gets quite moving in the second half and thankfully, director Luv Ranjan has executed it very well. The film ends on an unusual but fair note.

Sadly, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is without its share of blemishes. The plotline is entertaining but can get quite unconvincing at places. The manner in which Sonu, Sweety and even the other characters in the film are playing games gets a bit too much after a point. It takes a while to get a hang of how Ghasite, Lalu and others are related to Sonu and Titu. Another issue with the film is that some very nice dialogues don’t make the desired impact as the abuses get beeped. And there are far too many beeps in the film! It’s bewildering why the makers keep inserting abusive language in their films when they know it’s going to get beeped by the ‘sanskaari’ Censor Board!

Kartik Aaryan delivers a powerpacked performance. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is nothing without him and he proves yet again what an amazing talent he is. Not just in funny scenes, but even in the emotional sequences, he shines! Nushrat Bharucha looks like a million bucks and delivers a confident and able performance. The manner in which she oozes evil through her eyes is seen to be believed! Sunny Singh gets a bit dominated by these two actors but he gets to prove his worth and he does it effortlessly. In short, all three have done an incredible job and it’s a crime that mainstream Bollywood makers haven’t signed them yet!

Alok Nath and Virendra Saxena are quite endearing and raise laughs. Ishita Raj (Pihu) is super-hot and does a very good job. She has a very crucial part to play in the film. Ayesha Raza (Titu’s mother) and Madhumalti Kapoor (Dadi) are fair. Pritam Jaiswal (Babu) brings the house down. Sonnalli Seygall is wasted.

Music is peppy and compliments the narrative very well. Bom Diggy Diggy could have been better but makes an impact. Dil Chori is the best of the lot. Subah Subah and Kaun Nachdi leave a mark thanks to the visuals. Tera Yaar Hoon Main is quite touching. Hitesh Sonik’s background score is exhilarating and dramatic. Sudhir K Chaudhary’s cinematography is neat. Akiv Ali’s editing is slow at places but it works. Niharika Jolly’s costumes are quite appealing and rich, especially the ones worn by Nushrat Bharucha and Ishita Raj.

Luv Ranjan’s story is highly entertaining and also very relatable. Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody’s screenplay is correct in many ways – it doesn’t get over the top, it’s not clichéd and at the same time, it doesn’t get too urban. But the situations and the premise on the whole are such that one can digest the goings-on only till a certain extent. Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody’s dialogues are hilarious, sharp and one of the best parts of the enterprise. Luv Ranjan’s direction is apt and despite the glitches here and there, he manages to handle the whole quite well

Some of the best scenes:
1. Sonu and Titu’s entry
2. The songs ‘Bom Diggy Diggy’, ‘Dil Chori’ and ‘Tera Yaar Hoon Main’
3. Titu meets Sweety for the first time
4. The entire track of Babu
5. Drama during Mata Ka Jagrata
6. The intermission point
7. The Amsterdam sequence
8. Sonu and Titu return from Delhi
9. The climax

On the whole, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a hilarious and a paisa-vasool entertainer that would surely be lapped up by the youngsters. Despite its theme, it’s more or a less a clean film and hence, can be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s highly relatable by moviegoers across the country and is peppered with some fine music, funny and even touching moments and great performances. Surely a film that deserves to be seen!

My rating – *** ½ out of 5!

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