All Indian are my brothers and sisters
While chanting India's National pledge in school, young boys would often mischievously chase the line, 'all Indian are my brothers and sisters', with, 'except the one who would be my girlfriend'. Director Ajay Pannalal recalls this narration in the trailer of his comic caper, 'Behen Hogi Teri', alluding to the premise on which this film has been created. The best thing about the film is its novel idea. Unfortunately, it hasn't been executed well. "Yeh normal pataka nahin, firebrand hai," says Lucknow resident Gattu (Rajkummar Rao) about his childhood crush and neighbour, Binny (Shruti Haasan). The banter between the two is easy, natural and fun.
That they will fall for each other is inevitable, and that journey makes the first half of the film a breezy watch. You'll smile throughout, even frequently breaking into a laugh. But post interval, the filmmaker loses the plot. A smoothly-progressing film is now unnecessarily stretched.
Pannalal, who makes his directorial debut with this project, fails to make the most of the opportunity handed to him, with a convoluted screenplay making this a tiresome watch. Certain subplots are unnecessary and abrupt. The drama runs out of steam soon, and melodrama takes over.
Rao delivers what's expected of him — an earnest performance. He is the soul of the film, and particularly shines in the scene when he comforts a devastated Binny, leveraging on grief to get close to her. He nabs the successive expressions of sorrow and joy.
Haasan, as a feisty Punjabi girl, is a misfit. You can see her effort, but she appears stymied on most of scenes. 'Behen Hogi Teri' has some funny moments and attempts to upgrade the rom-com genre in Bollywood, but it doesn't offer anything new. Take a chance with this one only if you enjoy the genre.
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