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A female character in a Luv Ranjan movie can never be better than the guy, can she?
Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar may give the impression that Luv Ranjan matured to direct a movie where women are not supervillains, but he did not. The novelty of his 2011 film Pyar Ka Punchnama may have won some viewers over, but Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar is practically intolerable. The picture only gets up—pace and life—in the final 20 minutes after dragging for the first two hours. Ranbir Kapoor deserves a better send-off if this is truly his final romantic comedy.
The main characters of the movie are Micky (Ranbir Kapoor) and Tinny (Shraddha Kapoor), who meet at the bachelor celebration of one of their buddies in Spain. Like his pal Mannu, Micky is the heir apparent to a powerful corporate enterprise with headquarters in Delhi (Anubhav Singh Bassi). Tinny, on the other hand, works a standard 9 to 5 job and wants to live independently. After a while, Micky develops a serious crush on Tinny, and what occurs next is what makes the narrative.
In true Luv Ranjan fashion, Micky is depicted in Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar as being more endearing than Tinny. He values his family more than Tinny does. What would you do if your date with your boyfriend ended up being a date with his entire family?
Ranbir Kapoor: The only saving grace
Everyone else either has lousy lines or overacts; Ranbir Kapoor is likely the only actor who gives a respectable performance. Kapoor actually brings to mind his breakthrough roles as the charming sex diva Raj Sharma in Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and as Kabir Thapar in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013). Shraddha Kapoor performs poorly in the dramatic parts and doesn’t do much to compel you to support her.
To improve as an actor, Anubhav Singh Bassi must practise. He only succeeds in making an impression when he has a truly great conversation, which is seldom. His friendship with Kapoor also mostly fails to impress.
Kartik Aryan and Nushrat Bharucha’s cameos are what give this lifeless movie some flavour. Dimple Kapadia, who is underutilised as the matriarchal Punjabi woman with more slaps than lines, makes one feel horrible. With only three conversations to his name, Boney Kapoor is entirely ineffective as Ranbir’s father.
It’s awful, it’s awful.
Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar is just plain dull; it does not fit under the “it’s so bad, it’s good” category. The majority of the action takes place among an extremely wealthy and unrelatable group of Delhi-NCR citizens who frequent Gurugram’s Cyber Hub, reside in opulent apartments in Vasant Kunj, or own grand family mansions in Greater Kailash. Everyone has seemingly limitless resources and feels no remorse about using them.
Music that appear out of nowhere, as in a 1990s movie, only serve to further detract from this dull movie. Everyone manages to appear wonderful despite not being entertaining, but only Samidha Wagnoo’s clothes merit special note.
The dialogues are also at best simplistic. Also, the final section of the movie’s “solution” is snobbish and superficial. Micky’s family is quite modern and encouraging, and a girl has to give in, after all. After all, a woman playing a Luv Ranjan character can never be superior to the man, can she?
The movie is most pleasant in the closing 20 minutes, which feature smart conversation, slapstick humour, and an airport sequence. But by that point, it’s too late.
Tinny may not be portrayed as a villain for striving to be her own person and seeking independence, but she is most definitely shown as less beautiful than the happy-go-lucky man who wants to live with his wealthy family after marriage.