Leader: Nitesh Tiwari
Singers: Varun Dhawan, Janhvi Kapoor
‘This movie has its heart in the right place’ – this is an overused phrase we hear and read in movie reviews. However, after watching Nitesh Tiwari BawalI believe it fits well with Varun Dhawan’s story and Janhvi Kapoor a slice of life drama. The director is known for portraying the story of a man, his thoughts and his journey of trust, and this one has Nitesh Tiwari written all over it.
Living in Lucknow, India, Ajay Dixit (Varun Dhawan) has been leading his life to perfection with a respectable job, impressive looks, strong social standing, and a beautiful wife. His decision to marry the educated and beautiful Nisha (Janhvi Kapoor) also came out of his desire for social promotion. However, this image of a history teacher goes haywire when his wife doesn’t exactly fit his definition of perfection. This has to do with the backlash at work, and Ajju bhaiya’s flawless image that was faked falls by the wayside. To solve the problem, Ajay and Nisha embark on a journey to Europe following World War II, unaware that a series of life lessons await them on the continent. Now what this course is doing for the family is to watch it in Sajid Nadiadwala, Ahwiny Iyer Tiwari and Prime Video with the help of Bawaal.
We often hear people say that ‘story is king’, and when it comes to Bawal it really is. It is not an easy script to describe, release and express in action, but kudos to director Nitesh for bringing it to life on screen with his compassionate, non-judgmental vision. Co-written by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nikhil Mehrotra, Piyush Gupta and Shreyas Jain, the team has brought their A game to the fore in this story about emotions and redemption.
Having said that, the most important thing in a video game is entertainment, and the creators manage to achieve this in Bawaal, while also talking about important topics such as education, training method, empty marriages and social problems. on that, deception, friendship with parents. Some of these have been given in advance, and a few have been subtly incorporated to read between the lines.
While the first half of Bawaal relies on humor of all kinds, the latter part is more emotional, it works for anyone looking for content driven by all kinds of narrative tools including drama, emotion, laughter, romance, and history. There are also funny sequences about a Gujarati family, and where Nitesh and his writers play on caricature but it’s always disappointing or forced. It’s fascinating when you see it.
On the technical front, cinematographer Mitesh Mirchandani perfectly captures the world of Bawaal through his lenses, set designer Aditya Kanwar fulfills his director’s vision, Daniel B. George’s background music matches what is shown on screen, while Mukesh Chhabra plays on every character.
Finally, for me the real part of the film was Nitesh and his writers questioning their writing by adding something that tests the teaching method they spread through the movie. That extended sequence adds to the authenticity of the process, and confirms the intent of the story and the filmmaker.
This is not much of a criticism of readymade medicine, but if the same story of Bawaal was set against the background of Indian history, I believe it would have attracted more theatergoers. Moreover, the almost 2 hour and 18 minute running time could have been reduced by a few minutes, while the soundtrack composed by Mithoon, Tanishk Bagchi and Akashdeep Sengupta would have been memorable.
Varun Dhawan’s character has an attitude that he portrays well on screen, which makes the redemption more sensitive to his nature. Janhvi Kapoor’s diminutive yet stunning performance leaves a mark, making Nisha the best actress in the show so far. Both of them make a great pair on screen, making it a partnership I want to see again in the future. Even my favorites in Bawaal are Ajju’s lovable parents, played effortlessly by Manoj Pahwa and Anjuman Saxena.
I must also mention all the children who became part of Bawaal. All of them have done their part very well, and a big credit should also go to Nitesh Tiwari, who always brings out the best from child actors – be it in Chillar Party, Dangal, and now in Bawaal.
If you’re looking for great content that entertains you and makes you think, look no further. Nitesh Tiwari’s Bawaal, the title of Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor promises that, and much more…