Director: Aanand L Rai
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush and Akshay Kumar
Platform: Disney + Hotstar
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Aanand L Rai and Himanshu Sharma create a magical world in Atrangi Re with Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush and Akshay Kumar to tackle a sensitive topic with entertainment attire. While going into the details of the plot would mean spoilers, it can be said that the duo of Aanand and Himanshu manage to capture attention in the unique world they tried to create. The script moves at a fast pace (after small hiccups in the opening 10 minutes) in the first half with a mix of comedy, romance and emotions packed together with the element of mystery.
The second part starts well with an interesting element of humor brought to the character of Akshay and Dhanush, however, the pace slows down a bit in the middle. But the writing is sharp enough to resume the last 15 minutes, which guarantees that this magical saga ends with a smile on his face. AR Rahman’s background score acts as the fourth most important character in the film, while his music lends itself very well to the premise.
The film is well shot with references to cultures of Bihar, Madurai and Delhi encapsulated in the images. The edition is also crisp, however, some loose heads in the second half could have been cut. The dialogue is excellent and plays an important role in raising the tone of the film. Rinku-Vishnu interactions often bring a smile. Keep a close eye on some of Sara Ali Khan’s alias lines. Rinku.
Speaking of performances, Atrangi Re belongs to Dhanush, who is a complete thief of shows from the first scene. He achieves the emotional scenes like a pro, stands out for being the crazy loving boy, plays the lead in the comic scenes and excels in the drama. Sara Ali Khan also offers a promising performance as Rinku. It was a difficult role for a newcomer to take on; it has several nuances, but it manages to convincingly remove the character from several layers. He has confidence and comes to Rinku’s central thrill perfectly. He surprises with a pleasant surprise and sets himself up as a performer. And then comes the magical Khiladi, Akshay Kumar. He is at Atrangi Re what Santa is at Christmas. It has a screen time of 35 to 40 minutes in the film, bringing the element of happiness to most parts of the narrative, before finally providing the emotional depth at the end. The rest of the actors are well distributed.
Overall, Atrangi Re has some flaws, but it ends up being a nice adventure due to the cleverly written script backed by the performances of the entire cast. Yes, it is not a universal film that finds the appreciation of all strata, but it is enough to attract and appease the urban public. It is a magical movie that is worth it at home with the whole family.
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