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Manmarziyaan Review – A Complex Love Triangle

Manmarziyaan (2018)

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Directed By: Anurag Kashyap

Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal, Ashnoor Kaur

Language: Hindi

Manmarziyaan is the love story of this generation which speaks straight through the heart. It talks about the complexities of love and relationships. It is the story of Rumi who typifies this generation’s inability to make a choice and use their heart more than head to make decisions. This is a typical love triangle we have often seen in Bollywood but what stands out is the rawness and the essence of this generation that it carries.

Rumi (TaapseePannu) and Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) are madly in love with each other or as they call it Fyaar. Every morning Vicky jumps from terrace to terrace to reach her bedroom for sex. One day they get caught in the act and Rumi’s uncle and aunt pressurize her to get married. Rumi wants to get married to Vicky and tells him to come and ask for her hand in marriage. Vicky gets cold feet and starts avoiding. Frustrated with Vicky she agrees for an arranged marriage with Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan) or any other ullu ka pattha and things go crazy from there. Vicky doesn’t want to lose her (but not marry her) and Robbie wants to marry only her. A love triangle forms where Rumi oscillates from Robbie to Vicky. What happens from then on and with whom Rumi ends up forms the rest of the plot.


Manmarziyaan is Rumi’s tale and like the title she listens only to her heart. She is a girl of this generation- she is carefree, unashamed of her sexuality and wears her heart on her sleeves. Whole of Amritsar knows about Rumi’s affair with Vicky and she doesn’t give a damn. Her uncle and aunt are afraid to talk to her after catching her with Vicky. She has respect for her grandfather and because of him she accepts to see some arranged matches. Her love is complex- she wants a life with Vicky but comes to realize that marriage is much more than sex. This may also be probably because Vicky has been the only guy in her life and a lack of experience makes her cling onto that relationship. Tapsee has acted this one brilliantly, slowly and steadily she is becoming a top actor.


Vicky is a small time DJ who loves Rumi but he is happy and content with dating and sex and no responsibilities. He has lacked conviction throughout his life. In one scene his dad gives a monologue about how he wanted to play hockey and left it midway for cricket, left that midway for boxing and boxing for some other latest fad. He wanted to do MBA and didnt take it seriously. Vicky is messy, flawed, naïve and refuses to grow up. He lives in emotions and doesn’t understand the difficulties of life probably because, as his father says, he got everything he wanted without earning them. Vicky is (as we call in hindi) “a lallu (Idiot)”, he had the love of his life and he couldn’t/ wouldn’t fight for her.


His is an interesting character of Manmarziyaan and after watching the movie this character polarizes opinions. Robbie reminds me of Ajay Devgan’s character in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. He gives Rumi the freedom to make ‘the’ choice and to be absolutely sure of the decision. And this decision has been debated by many as to why? Why not much effort was made by Robbie to win over Rumi. But my belief is that since Rumi was a headstrong woman and he could never have imposed his will on her. The more he would have tried, the more she would have moved away from him. Robbie’s best bet was to let her come to terms with Vicky on her own. Abhishek Bachchan has essayed the character brilliantly, he speaks very less and his emotions are taken care of by his expressions.

With Manmarziyaan, Anurag has “Unkashyaped” and made a movie which doesn’t carry the essence of his previous movies. A hallmark of a great director is not to get stereotyped and churn out something new every now and then. This movie has made me respect him more. This is truly an age where if a girl accepts your friend- request it gives one a sense of achievement. Kashyap has made a movie on the age of Tinder and Facebook and has used it aptly in some scenes. But the best thing about the movie is the script. Manmarziyaan, with its complexities and layered narrative, belongs to Kanika Dhillon. 

The music by Amit Trivedi elevates the movie to a different level altogether. Manmarziyaan is a good watch which will make you talk about it when you leave the theater. Watch it for its acting, script, the songs and a new Anurag Kashyap. Watch Manmarziyaan and share your ratings above.

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