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Fear Of Women

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Director: Luv Ranjan
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Singh, Nushrat Bharucha and others
Rating: * *

Luv Ranjan made two 'Pyar Ka Punchnama' films, that were anti-women rants, so one would expect he got his inexplicable misogyny out of his system. But no, there’s a third, 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety', in which a man tries to save is best buddy from women, who are, without exception nasty and manipulative. If they are not, then there are too good to be true, and to be dumped anyway.

The 'needs', says Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) to Titu (Sunny Singh) can be fulfilled by any of the hundreds of girls looking for no-string affairs. Titu is the softie who needs to be protected from controlling vixens, according to the childhood friend, parked in the vast home of the Sharmas who made their fortune from mithai. Sonu has no family of his own, and the two young men seem to have no other friends either, apart from each other. So Sonu and Titu can hook and chuck girls, but girls with a past are 'chalu'. All this, perhaps to explain, that they are not gay. Just like Titu’s granddad Ghaseetaram (Alok Nath) and is best buddy Lalu (Virendra Saxena) are not. Lalu, the rakhi brother of Ghaseeta’s wife, has been quietly absorbed into the family and made a partner in the business. They spend their time drinking on the terrace, Ghaseeta has done his duty by producing a son, who has produced son, and that’s all what women are good for. That, and as sex objects, who are seen shaking their bottoms in the song 'Bom Diggy Diggy'.

Sonu has just extricated the bawling Titu from a doomed romance with Pihu (Ishta Raj), when Titu’s family arranges his marriage to Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha). She is a butter-won’t-melt-in-her-mouth kind of girl, who gets Sonu’s hackles up. He can’t find any flaws in her, which to him means she is fake. You are expected to believe that Sweety is a bitch, because she stymies all attempts by Sonu to get Titu to break up with her. But Sonu is not seen as a monster, when he plays dirty, for no reason but that he is afraid of losing a friend and becoming a Lalu kind of bachelor uncle everyone makes fun of and pities.

It is a shallow film about moronic characters, so it is happy to coast along on easy laughs, when Sonu and Sweety go to war. The film has some gags as funny as cliched mother-in-law jokes, but Ranjan’s only agenda is to diss women, and they will probably laugh the loudest just to show their Titu-like boyfriends that they are such good sports. The next film should be about Sonu (and other characters played by Kartik Aaryan in Ranjan’s films), being sent to the shrink. 'Kuchh to gadbad hai!'

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