Director: Ajay K Pannalal
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Shruti Haasan, Ninad Kamat, Darshan Jariwala, Herry Tangri
Behen Hogi Teri has good moments which will keep that smile on your face due to its instinctive funny writing but it also has some defects due to which it doesn’t become a complete entertainer. The core intention of Ajay K Pannalal’s Behen Hogi Teri is to show how sometimes a family just assumes that the son of a their neighbor is always like a brother to their daughter, without even thinking about their feelings.
Gattu (Rajkummar Rao) is a neighbor of Binny (Shruti Haasan) and he is in love with her from his childhood but never had the guts to tell her. Also, whenever there’s a guy trying to flirt with the girls in Gattu’s streets, the families directly make the girls tie the rakhi on their hands. Gattu is pretty much afraid of this tradition and that’s why never actually approached Binny but will he ever be able to express his love to her or will he be just her so called brother?
The script of Behen Hogi Teri is nicely penned down. It has a genuine touch of Lucknow streets, traditions and the screenplay is top notch. It’s because of the screenplay and Rajkummar Rao’s acting, I enjoyed the film. One thing I felt troubled to understand is why the writers didn’t add some more scenes of romance between Gattu and Binny. There were few moments of them together which is a put off.
Coming to the direction, Ajay K Pannalal is a decent storyteller. The character of Gattu and his shyness, is aptly developed. Even the roles of Binny’s brother and Gattu’s father were hilarious as well as perfect. The chemistry among them and all the chaos that happens is well executed. Like I said, the dialogues of Gattu and his friend, the family involvements are highly entertaining.
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What went wrong to some extent in Pannalal’s direction is overdid the scenes of people calling Gattu as Binny’s brother. In an attempt to do that, the actual romance between Gattu-Binny was very less, hence the memorable connect with the film was not evident. This is not just a comedy story; it’s a love story so that love had to be the major focus. I understand, Ajay was trying to build the pressure on Gattu so that in the end, he will burst and express himself but all those aspects didn’t bind effectively,
Also, there should not be any conflict in the behavior of a character. Initially, Binni is shown as a daring and bold woman who is not afraid of anybody but as the love becoming between her and Gattu flourishes and things get complicated, she never speaks one word to her brother which is not convincing.
Rajkummar Rao keeps expanding his acting horizons with each film and he is remarkable. It’s amazing to see him delivering each role with so much passion and zeal. His narration is funny. The way he stutters while talking to Binny, his love for her and fear to tell her brother about it, all are brilliantly performed by him. Two scenes I thoroughly enjoyed: One is when he is angry on the guys named Rahul in Bollywood films and second one is in the end. Rajkummar Rao is one of the top actors we have today and I am happy that he getting the recognition he deserves.
Shruti Haasan is a miscast for the role. She doesn’t have much expressions and there was never any acting effort seen from her. The chemistry between Gattu and Binny would have worked much better had there been another good actress.
Ninad Kamat and Darshan Jariwala are quality actors. Their roles as Binny’s brother and Gattu’s father, respectively, add huge interest to the narrative. It’s always great to see the supporting cast making the movie strong,
Behen Hogi Teri is not a bad film but it’s not a total entertainer as well. Rajkummar Rao is the best thing happened to the movie. It is funny and engaging but also falters with its overall storytelling. Give it a try.