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Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar movie Badhaai Do collects Rs 4.37 crore

Badhai Do starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar

Bollywood actors Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar star in their latest movie Badhaai Do.  It premiered in theatres on February 11 and the film recorded an opening collection of ₹1.65 crores. A slow start to it but saw a giant jump on the second day making the total Rs 4.37 crores.

The movie’s collection is almost like that of Rajkummar’s last theatrical release Roohi. It hit the big screens in 2021 amid Covid-19 restrictions. The film also raked in only Rs 5 crore in two days. Badhaai Do is also the first Hindi film to arrive in theatres after the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Background on the film

It is a sequel release of Badhaai Ho! of 2018. The original film starred late actor Surekha Sikri, Gajrao Rao, and Ayushmann Khurrana. It conveyed the story of a middle-aged couple facing an unexpected pregnancy. Amit Ravindernath Sharma directed the movie.

The characters played by Rajkummar and Bhumi are two closeted homosexuals. Even so, in an attempt to protect their respective partners, they enter into a marriage of convenience. To keep their conservative family members at bay, they agree to the wedding.

Characters in the movie of Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar

Shardul Thakur, the character played by Rajkummar Rao is a gay police officer. Whereas Bhumi plays the role of a lesbian PE teacher. The movie, directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni, is from the actor’s senior at the Film and Television Institute of India.

Explaining his character in the film, Rajkummar expressed, “Shardul is someone who has come from my imagination and the character that Harsh and the writers had written. Also, the script was so well researched that every character was very detailed. Harsh has done all the research because he has spoken to many people involved in writing it. So, all that made things easy for us.”

What do the actors have to say?

Talking about the subject that the film is covering, Rajkummar said, “The whole point is to normalise everything. I have known so many people who are from the queer community. There are people like Shardul (the character). What they do inside their bedrooms is not our concern. The sexual orientation should be nobody’s concern, it is a very personal thing.”

While Bhumi Pednekar penned her thoughts saying, “What can I say, with all the love we’re getting I am just speechless. I am so so grateful for this film to have come my way. I am so fortunate to have had a chance to work with the best people. People I’ve found a family in. It’s a journey I’ll never forget,”.

The public’s reaction about Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar

Congratulatory letters to Rajkummar and Bhumi are pouring in from across the nation. It is after their family entertainer Junglee Pictures’ hit the cinemas on 11th February.

Twitter users are showing them with love.

“No straight person can ever understand how deeply personal and affecting this film is!”

“The way the film portrays homosexual relationships trying to show them like heterosexual “normal” relationships is another masterstroke!”

Story of Badhaai Do 

Shardul and Sumi live double and socially-suppressed lives as closeted members of the LGBTIQA+ community. When deciding to settle for a marriage of compromise to satisfy their families, they think this would provide them cover while they love partners of their choice. What they ultimately achieve and how shapes the narrative of this family entertainer. 

Review of Badhaai Do

Matches are created in heaven, or so they tell. Interestingly, a tremendous number of these ‘heavenly marriages’ seem all shiny and colourful owing to the settlement of compromises made by partners on different levels. In Badhaai Do, this matrimonial settlement is of a distinct type – one that is not often talked about but exists for a long time.

It is named a lavender marriage. It is hetero wedlock between two homosexual individuals who consent to this agreement of convenience for diverse reasons like attempting to fit into society, avoiding social stigma, and taking it as a cover to live their lives with a little freedom. 

Harshavardhan Kulkarni’s film illustrates this complex agreement with humour and satire. It is not at the cost of the characters and takes the protagonists’ plight with sensitivity. The movie is an endeavour to send out the message that sexual orientation does not determine who a person is. 

It is an attempt to start a dialogue

In the movie, newlyweds Bhumi Pednekar as Sumi and Rajkummar Rao as Shardul live like roommates. What shadows Sumi and Shardul’s marriage is their journey to save their secret from their families and friends while trying to remain true to who they are. In this attempt, they encounter one chaotic situation after another. The kind of romantic interludes we often see between couples in movies is depicted in their lives as well. The kind of comfort, ease, and turbulence is an articulation that the purpose of the movie is not to stereotype the lesbian and gay community but to transform mindsets and eliminate biases against them.

The film sensitively displays the immense loneliness and feeling of seclusion that homosexual people feel, particularly when they lack a window to speak openly with their family. The beauty of the story is in the fact that there is no judgment for Sumi and Shardul because they are gay. 

Rajkummar Rao’s role as Shardul is spot-on. The emotionally-charged moments specifically are beautiful. He has a stronghold on his character, which he plays with complete elegance and honesty. Bhumi Pednekar’s character of Sumi is sensitive and subtle. 

Chum Darang makes a great debut in Bollywood with a role that takes boldness for a beginner to go along with. The creators must be praised here for launching an artiste from the northeast as a parallel lead, which is occasional in Hindi cinema. Gulshan Devaiah deserves a notable mention; his cameo is the stunner packet.

India and the queer community

Justice DY Chandrachud cited the late Justice Leila Seth and said, “The right that makes us human is the right to love. To criminalize the expression of that right is cruel and inhumane” when the Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality in 2018. Films like Badhaai Do are necessary For a country where it took years to decriminalise consensual gay sex and where same-sex weddings are still not acknowledged by the law.

It normalises the issue for the average Indian family and initiates a dialogue. While Bollywood had several movies where the narratives revolve around the gay and lesbian community, this particular film tries to deliver a perspective to families, particularly in smaller towns. Rather than stepping away from them, the movie fetches families right into the centre of the discussion.

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