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  • ...is a rucksack full of radioactive social issues handled cautiously with bedazzled Dharma gloves. But ‘handled’ is the operative word here.

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  • Well acted and well conceived, Badrinath Ki Dulhania and its socially relevant ideas rise above the frivolous execution to give you a solid film.

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  • ... it has an excellent lead pair whose mutual sparks can set water on fire, brilliantly written conversational humour, and an unmistakable feel for the throbs and tugs of young love.

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  • This is certainly not Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but stands in its own place. Happy to entertain.

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  • ...is a one time watch which has humour, social message, good looking actors and high degrees of emotions.

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  • Alia Bhatt is pitch-perfect as dulhania with a mind of her own. Varun Dhawan impresses as a boy-struggling-to-be-a-man. Together, they offer us a flavourful romance which takes down patriarchy.

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  • ...is light, entertaining and likeable. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt prove that on screen chemistry can be enough sometimes to keep you engaged in an average plot with a predictable narrative.

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  • ...is a beautifully textured love story and an enjoyable entertainer that wins you over and keeps you hooked right till the end.

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  • Watch it for the impeccably infectious chemistry between Varun and Alia they both nail it to the core and certainly are the most endearing young pair of Bollywood.

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  • ...treading the fine line between preachy and peachy, this one keeps you intermittently entertained and interested in the proceedings, even while the shallow attempt at female empowerment seems a bit jaded.

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  • What makes it work, really, is the intent and the two principal actors.

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  • ...Khaitan loses his grip before the high-voltage finale. In the end, he submits to cheesy-funny ‘dialoguebaazi’. That could help him in evoking some whistles, but it dilutes the purpose of featuring an ‘emancipated woman’.

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  • ...is a tricky film to unequivocally praise or damn.

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  • If you're just looking to have a good laugh and enjoy small-town humour, Badrinath Ki Dulhania will not disappoint. But if you're looking for food for thought, the film might just not live up to your expectations.

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  • ...Khaitan, is careful in gently nudging the societal system than daring to go radically against it – in short he doesn’t believe in upsetting the applecart.

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  • ...has its heart in the right place, but its writing is often clumsy.

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  • ... a pulpy, uneven romantic caper that strives to pass itself off as a mellow tale of patriarchy, love, honour and ambition set in small-town India and couched in doses of humour. Neither the mush nor the air of mirth can pull it out of the trough it digs for itself.

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  • Too distant for city audiences to find relatable. Too superficial for smaller town audiences to find believable.

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  • Both the Shashank Khaitan movie and Varun Dhawan's character have very few redeeming features. This seems like a film from the '90s. In the '90s, of course, one could get away with all kinds of stuff.

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  • ...is not entirely a misfire. It works to a great extent and its ideas and attempts are noble even if the film as a whole is flawed.

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  • At the “leave your brains at home” level, Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya is undeniably fun. Only, it doesn’t want you to leave your brains at home. It wants you to think about the things it’s doing. That’s the trouble.

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  • ...a dishonest film, neither fully committed to the causes it apparently espouses nor to its own closeted conservatism.

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  • The movie positions itself in popular culture as advocating the freedom of a woman to choose career over marriage. However, broken down into its individual segments, what we get is a virtual endorsement of harassment as a legitimate tool of persuasion.

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