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How Tanu Weds Manu Returns questions Societal Notions of Manhood and Womanhood

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By Prerna Grewal

The eagerly awaited Tanu Weds Manu Returns proved successful in meeting the expectations of most viewers. Perky and fast paced, it was a roller coaster of laughter, having special significance for those who could trace a colloquial thread.

The cast, the music, and the time invested in exploring and portraying distinct cultures definitely deserve acclamation. While they contribute to the grandeur and charm of the movie, they also manage to shroud certain problematic elements within the movie. This article focuses on unveiling some of the darker elements from the comedy.

One of the major confrontation scenes in the movie, where the two doppelgangers (Kusum and Tanu, both played by Kangana Ranaut) encounter each other for the first time, is followed by a cold war of words where each is bent on dismissing and eventually demeaning the other. Kusum finally gains an upper hand over Tanu through various arguments. One of these arguments is that neither has Tanu been able to sustain her marriage nor has she been able to have a kid. Tanu and all her supporters are dumbstruck, seeming to accept the bitter truth, and unable to provide a defense. The following question looms over the entire dialogue, but no one seems to acknowledge or address it. Is having a child and somehow managing to sustain one’s marriage the only thing that validates a marriage or one’s being a (better) woman?

Why was Tanu, in spite of her wit and perkiness, rendered dumbstruck? One might argue that Tanu, unlike Kusum, had no other identity apart from being Manu’s wife, and therefore, is incapable of coming up with a defense. However, the fact that she is demeaned on the grounds of not being able to sustain her marriage or not having a child is in itself problematic.

The same argument can be extended to the revelation of the secret of Tanu’s friend Payal (Swara Bhaskar). Her friend undergoes artificial insemination to finally be able to conceive. At the same time, she does not inform any of her family members and carries the secret around as a mental burden. This again becomes reflective of the dominance of delineated notions of manhood and womanhood that pervade ours and, by extension, the society’s mindsets. The entire scenario manifests two major societal pressures; validation of one’s marriage through a child and validation of one’s womanhood or manhood. In fact, the two share an interdependent relationship.

Inability to reproduce often brings a person’s manhood or womanhood under society’s scrutiny. It is out of fear of society’s questions and derogatory labels that she decides to conceive through alternate methods. Further, she even refrains from telling her husband about it because he, being a product of the society and having internalized its notions over time, might also end up being traumatized.

Somewhere down the line, everyone needs to grasp the following lesson out of the movie – people, rather than being defined through preordained notions of masculinity or femininity, should be valued for their individuality. Being successful in sustaining one’s marriage or reproducing does not certify one’s womanhood or manhood.

Irrespective of the movie’s adherence to preordained beliefs, the movie also acts as a significant contributor in setting new parameters where one no longer needs a typical hero to make a movie work. Kangana Ranaut, through her commendable performance, proves capable of holding the entire movie together.

Apart from this, the supporting cast plays a major role and contributes to the humor and diversity of the film. In fact, Jimmy Shergill, despite being a part of the supporting cast and the villain of the prequel, ends up attracting more sympathy than the hero.

While problematic factors need to be acknowledged and analyzed, the movie’s charm lies in its ability to attract appreciation or positive criticism irrespective of these factors.

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Top 10 Best Movies of Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha is a multi-talented Bollywood actress and has made a lasting impact on the industry since her debut.

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By Ruchika Verma

  • Sonakshi Sinha is one of the most loved actresses in Bollywood  today
  • Sonakshi has made a lasting impact in the industry from the moment of her debut
  • Sonakshi Sinha’s movies are always entertaining because of their storylines and Sonakshi’s brilliant performances

Sonakshi Sinha is a multi-talented Bollywood actress who has made a lasting impact on the industry since her debut. She is a very talented singer, dancer and actor who has been making waves in Bollywood because of her bold statements and outlook on life.

Sonakshi Sinha has made a name for herself, overcoming her parent's shadow.
Sonakshi Sinha has made a name for herself, overcoming her parent’s shadow. Wikimedia Commons

Sonakshi is the daughter of legendary actor Shatrughan Sinha and beautiful Poonam Sinha. She has been successful in stepping out of her parent’s shadow and making a name of her own in the Bollywood.

Here is the list of her top 10 best Bollywood movies, which showcases her talent aptly :

 Dabangg 

Sonakshi Sinha made her debut in the Bollywood with this movie, alongside the superstar Salman Khan. Although critics slammed her role as a damsel in this film, she still managed to garner attention and appreciation because of her excellent acting skills. Her dialogue delivery and attitude were also appreciated.

Dabangg 2

Dabangg 2 was the sequel to her debut movie, Dabangg. She reprises her role in this film along with Salman Khan. Sonakshi Sinha played the role of Salman’s wife in this movie with perfection. Her character was much stronger than the previous film and she did complete justice to it. Her comic timing and emotional scenes were both worth applauding.

You may also like: Salman Khan starrer Bharat will release on Eid 2019 

Dabangg 2 was one of the Sonakshi's bigger hits Picture credit: wallpapers99.com
Dabangg 2 was one of the Sonakshi’s bigger hits Picture credit: wallpapers99.com

Lingaa

In this movie, Sonakshi Sinha got the opportunity to star opposite none other than the superstar, Rajinikanth. Lingaa was a Tamil movie that was also released in Hindi. Sonakshi’s performance was outstanding and garnered many positive reviews. It is not easy to work besides Rajinikanth and not get overshadowed, but Sonakshi managed to shine through in this film with her brilliant performance.

Rowdy Rathore

It was another movie where Sonakshi Sinha proved her mettle as an actress. Rowdy Rathore was a remake of Telugu film directed by Prabhu Deva, and starred Akshay Kumar opposite Sonakshi Sinha in the lead role. Sonakshi’s pretty face added freshness to the film and her acting and on point expressions made this otherwise serious movie, fun to watch. Her chemistry with Akshay Kumar was also appreciated.

Sonakshi has worked with Prabhu Deva many times. Wikimedia Commons
Sonakshi has worked with Prabhu Deva many times. Wikimedia Commons

 Lootera

Based on O. Henry’s short story, ‘The Last Leaf, Lootera was one brilliant movie. It is said to be one of the Sonakshi’s best performances till date. She pulled off her role very well and with ease. Sonakshi achieved a lot of critical acclaim for this film. Her chemistry with Ranveer Singh was also appreciated.

Tevar

Tevar was one of the most entertaining movies, it is also one of the best movies that Sonakshi Sinha acted in. She starred opposite Arjun Kapoor and performed with finesse. Tevar couldn’t do well at the box office, but Sonakshi’s performance was highly appreciated.

Sonakshi Sinha's most films have performed well at the box office, proving her competence as an actress. Wikimedia Commons
Sonakshi Sinha’s most films have performed well at the box office, proving her competence as an actress. Wikimedia Commons

R… Rajkumar

R… Rajkumar was the movie where Sonakshi Sinha proved her mettle as a dancer. She starred opposite Shahid Kapoor and was applauded for her dance numbers and chemistry with him. The movie was also a hit and Sonakshi was highly appreciated for her acting skills. Sonakshi Sinha decided to stay classy and her decency certainly paid off.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty

The ‘Holiday’ was an action thriller, and Sonakshi once again proved her mettle as an actor. The movie stars Akshay Kumar alongside her in the lead roles. Although the movie revolved around Akshay’s characters, Sonakshi delivered a powerful performance. Her role as a sportsperson was applauded by both audiences and critics.

Action Jackson

Action Jackson was yet another action comedy, and Sonakshi Sinha once again collaborated with Prabhu Deva to deliver a hit. She stared along Ajay Devgn and Yami Gautam in the movie. Sonakshi’s role of a simple working woman impressed the audience, and her chemistry with Ajay was also appreciated.

Sonakshi Sinha has done many action movies throughout her career. Wikimedia Commons
Sonakshi Sinha has done many action movies throughout her career. Wikimedia Commons

Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!

Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai, which was one of the best movies made on the topic of the underworld, and it was the prequel to this movie. Sonakshi was cast opposite Imran Khan and her performance was highly appreciated.