Manmarziyaan Review: A likeable tug of war between Fyaar and Pyaar

Starring Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu and Abhishek Bachchan, this film directed by Anurag Kashyap and written by Kanika Dhillon is a take on a modern day dilemma in a romance and relationship. Here's the review

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Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and others

Rating: 3.5/5

Not everyone is lucky to have a relationship they want in their life. Decisions to continue developing a bond with a person keep changing when priorities, thoughts, and pressure are also considered. Moreover, in today's world of technology-driven dating, a swipe right leads to what's called 'Fyaar' but is getting intimate and sharing a physical bond the real meaning of love? Or is there a need for an emotional and personal connection with the opposite person to share a life. Offering a take on the very subject is Anurag Kashyap’s first rom-com, Manmarziyan, starring Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead roles.

Rumi (Taapsee Pannu) and Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) share a very casual relationship. Upon getting caught, her family decides to get her married and she asks Vicky to meet her parents for approval. He isn't ready yet and not in a state of mind to take the relationship to another level. On the other hand, this decision upsets Rumi, who as per her family's wishes, agrees to meet Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan) for an arranged marriage. The love triangle of Pyaar-Fyaar-and-compromise goes through ups and downs and that's the focus on the film thereafter.


The 157-minute film directed by Anurag Kashyap and written by Kanika Dhillon does seem a bit long in the first half, which largely focuses on the confusion that brings them to many uncompromising situations. The second half is where the pace of the film drops. However the meaning gets deeper and that's what matters largely because it all makes sense. The story revolves in circles where deciding the right and wrong gets difficult, which again is a relatable aspect we all face, not just in a relationship. Writer Kanika Dhillon thought and efforts are commendable as her words and ideas take us through the lane of Amritsar and let us experience the issues this trio faces and address. It reflects the difference in what 2 or 3 generations think, when it comes to love and marriages. Moreover, it throws light on how today's tech-savvy kids face their concerns. The only complaint I have with the film is the length - I wish it only made sense, quickly. This said, the actors here are not to be blamed as they deliver their parts with diligence. It is the story and the edit which should have been taken care of.

The casting of the film is commendable. Vicky Kaushal continues to surprise us and delivers one of his finest roles as Vicky. He delivers both the shades of his role well - being crazy and emotional at the same time. He is a treat to watch. Taapsee Pannu as Rumi is bindaas, just like she is in other films. She comes across as a strong character which many would relate to. Abhishek Bachchan is decent. His role is rather simple but equally important. He is the 'Buddha' in the film - calm and composed (besides some sequences in the second half). Taapsee's chemistry with both Vicky and Abhishek is distinguished well.  

Manmarziyan's album has a total of 12 songs, and it is well balanced, as there is one for every mood. Music by Amit Trivedi has already impressed the audience, and many of the tracks are played on a loop. Dialogues are simple, and the makers have well ensured that the Punjabi reference stays true. The choreography is interesting in the film. Dancer duo Poonam and Priyanka Shah perform on most of the songs in the film and are seen based on the mood of the track. They offer a different take, which hasn't been seen before and I personally loved the confidence makers had in the experimenting this thought.

The trailer of this film has raised anticipation and the music has played a catalyst to the same, It is a film with a good thought - something relatable - however, it lacks pace and it might seem like an overdose of uncertainty in the latter part. One may watch it for actors and enjoy until the interval, after which there may be a lot of tsk-tsk and yawning. Well, to sum it up, you can surely watch it once.  

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