Ginny Weds Sunny
Director: Puneet Khanna
Cast: Vikrant Massey, Yami Gautam, Ayesha Raza
Ginny Weds Sunny is many issues — an ode to stalking tradition, an excuse for Haldiram’s product placement, and simply trigger for streamers to manage their content material — however its greatest crime is how heartbreakingly it lets down its two leads, Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey.
Massey, for whom that is the third Netflix launch in about as many weeks, is massively miscast as Sunny, a sexually inexperienced West Delhi boy who looks like the form of one that makes TikToks in his spare time.
That’s becoming, as a result of Ginny Weds Sunny, with its reliance on cringe sound results and tacky drama, usually resembles an unbearably lengthy TikTok video. In reality, I’ve seen extra competently put collectively ‘films’ on the banned platform than this.
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It’s a bafflingly unhealthy film, tonally inconsistent to the purpose the place scenes can transition from broad comedy involving paneer to sappy Ekta Kapoor drama, with a Jubin Nautiyal track taking part in within the background. Certain ‘twists’ are so nutty that you simply start to marvel in the event that they have been put collectively by Kapil Sharma’s writing group, at gunpoint.
After being manipulated into wooing her daughter by an aunty who’d give Sima Taparia a run for her cash — she prides herself on being a superb matchmaker — Sunny begins indulging in behaviour that may solely be described as mom-sanctioned stalking. He tails Ginny endlessly, popping up at metro stations daily, providing rides in autos, and even displaying up at her home. She smiles it off. It’s 2020 and he or she smiles it off.
One scene is especially complicated. After being given a heads-up by Ginny’s mom, Sunny exhibits up at a tree planting drive (what?), with a mission to ask Ginny out to a Badshah live performance. But as a substitute of merely asking her out, he concocts an elaborate plan that includes a faux telephone name and a final minute cancellation. This is the kind of pointlessness that defines Ginny Weds Sunny.
With a whole absence of a compelling plot, a lot of the burden falls on the shoulders of the actors. But they’ve been left to drown in a pool of mediocrity. Yami, who’s performed variations of this character previously, most memorably in Vicky Donor, is significantly extra comfy because the relatively unlikable Ginny, who complains about being led on by her Haryanvi ex-boyfriend, however does precisely that to Sunny.
The very gifted Massey, nonetheless, is caught like a deer within the headlights. His accent, particularly when he’s talking in English, is noticeably inconsistent. Sunny pronounces the phrase ‘restaurant’ as ‘resh-taw-rent’, however different phrases, equivalent to ‘confusion’ and ‘princess’ with the kind of refinement that betrays a convent faculty schooling. Sometimes this occurs in the identical scene.
I can’t be certain of this, but it surely nearly appears as if director Puneet Khanna shot not more than a few takes for many scenes. In some circles, this may be thought-about environment friendly filmmaking, and a matter of pleasure for the actors. “Ek take diya,” and all that. But maybe if there have been extra choices on the desk, it could’ve been simpler to repair the movie.
More effort, as an illustration, appears to have been paid to the song-and-dance numbers than the precise plot. That’s ironic, as a result of excluding the primary quantity — LOL — the musical interludes contribute nothing to the narrative. Instead, they create it to a grinding halt. An pointless sequence in the course of the movie, that includes singers Neha Kakkar, Mika Singh and Badshah in mind-bending cameos — additionally they carry out the monitor — ought to’ve been deleted. As ought to a number of different scenes.
It doesn’t work as a Delhi film both. For occasion, each Ginny and her mom really feel the necessity to clarify the eccentricities of Punjabi tradition to Sunny, who additionally occurs to be a Punjabi. He’d know. You’re left to marvel if the exposition was as a substitute meant for the viewers. It’s sloppy work, throughout.
Besides the coronavirus, Ginny Weds Sunny is well the worst factor to occur to each films and weddings this 12 months.