“Ab se har picture mein hero ka nam hoga Gattu. Not Rahul.” If it wasn’t for an actor like Rajkummar Rao, we wouldn’t have known or loved characters like Gattu. The actor lends a boyish charm and innocence to his small-town characters that make them relatable and fun.
Rao applied the same method while portraying Gattu in the 2017 film Behen Hogi Tere, but Gattu didn’t leave an everlasting impression like Stree’s Vicky or Queen’s Vijay did. Why? We answer the same in this week’s Wahiyat Wednesday. Read on.
Behen Hogi Tere starts on a regressive note and ends on one too. It’s the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan and the scared mohalle ki ladke are hiding from girls and their families who have taken the pledge, “All Indian are my brothers and sisters,” quite literally. The parents want to protect their daughters from having illegitimate love affairs with boys outside their caste. And their way of protecting their ‘ghar ki izzat’ is by forcing girls to tie rakhi to boys they are in love with. Messed-up right? It doesn’t stop there.
Binny (Shruti Hassan) is Gattu’s childhood love but since he is mohalle ka ladka, everyone forces him to treat her as his sister. The confusion starts when Gattu’s father sees Binny with Bhura, Gattu’s friend. He thinks Binny is having an affair with Bhura and warns Jaydev, Binny’s brother. Jaydev then decides to get Binny married to an NRI boy, against her will. Meanwhile, Gattu devices a plan to reveal his love for Binny in front of the whole society. By the time Gattu finally declares his love for Binny – as he plans to throughout the film – we have lost interest.
If you are bored by reading the film’s summary, you can only imagine the drab fest this 2-hour-8-minute long film is. Behen Hogi Teri’s screenplay is so abysmal and convoluted that it single-handedly let down Rajkummar Rao’s honest performance and the audience’s expectation.
The film gets mind-numbingly boring very quickly and to top that it suffers the brunt of weak editing. This is a 2-hour-8-minute long film that could have been cut down to 1 hour and 30 minutes. The makers intended it to be a comedy film but the jokes are so humourless that they had to be backed by silly music. If this was not enough, the stereotypical depiction of nagging moms will get you, especially the character of Gattu’s mother, played by Natasha Rastogi.
Rajkummar is the only watchable actor in this entire film. It’s pretty much a one-man show. In one scene, Gattu expresses his love for Binny as they sit alone in a park in Lucknow. While the actor delivers an honest performance of a gullible lover, Shruti Hassan fails to match Rao’s level and delivers a single-note performance in the entire film.
The film has many problematic sequences. Everyone, including the neighbours, has a say in Binny’s marriage but she isn’t asked about her choice even once. No emphasis has been made on Binny’s education. It is easier to marry her into a wealthy household than take her choices into account. The most problematic bit is that this casual sexism is shown under the garb of comedy.
Making a film is no child’s play but, with caricaturish performances and juvenile plotline, Behen Hogi Teri sure feels nothing but an immature piece of work.