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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg
Director: Luv Ranjan
Starring: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Barucha and Sunny Singh Nijjar
Music: Rochak Kohli, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Amaal Mallik, Zack Knight and Saurabh – Vaibhav
Lyrics: Kumaar, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Swapnil Tiwari
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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Writer and director Luv Ranjan has managed to do something which a lot of filmmakers have not been able to - create a new brand of cinema in Bollywood. Three out of his four films, including 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety', belong to a universe which he is familiar with. He knows the space, characters and milieu and knows how to weave an engaging narrative around them. 'Aakash Vaani', too, was based on a promising subject but perhaps, Luv was not sure about how to strike a balance between making it a youthful entertainer and lending the sombre strokes to the story. He regained lost ground with 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2', a sequel to his debut film which was a sleeper hit. The sequel cashed on the love received by the original on satellite and home video and turned out to be a major success at the box-office. Not much was known about 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' (it was called by the abbreviated form of its title SKTKS) but once the trailer came out, one realised that Luv has played on his strengths and this could well be another entertaining fare like 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama' and 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2'.

Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) have been best friends since nursery. Being an emotional na?ve person, Titu often gets his heart-broken and turns to Sonu to share his pain. Titu, who is going through a rough time with his relationship with Pihu (Ishita Raj), is advised by Sonu to break-up with her. Titu is not too sure about the suggestion but then, Sonu asks him to choose between Pihu and him. Titu quickly decides to severe ties with his girlfriend. After a while, Titu informs Sonu that instead of running after different girls, he wishes to get married and settle down in life. Titu's family arranges a meeting for him with Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha). Both of them seem to like each other and agree to get married. Sweety seems like someone who is perfection personified and has no flaws in her. For some reason, Sonu is not convinced about Sweety being the right girl for Titu and decides to break this alliance.

'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety'is dirmly entrenched in the world Luv Ranjan is familiar with. The film has been made on a bigger canvas than his earlier films and unlike those films, it does not feature young actors in principal roles. A host of characters, specifically the ones comprising of Titu's family, are as important to the narrative as the younger bunch of actors. The first half moves at a brisk pace and breaks in for the interval point at a very dramatic juncture. The second half, too, is entertaining but is drags at several points and as a result of that, the film feels overlong by at least twenty minutes. The climax is satisfying, though one cannot help but wondering whether the writers could have written a smarter way to set the stage for the final culmination.

Kartik Aaryan has a very good screen presence and acts wonderfully well. Watching him in this film makes you wonder why he is seen in such less number of films. Nushrat Barucha is a fine performer and she delivers an assured performance this time around too. Sunny Singh, earlier seen in a web-series produced by Luv Ranjan, brings to the fore the vulnerability and innocence that makes it important for one to symphathise with Titu. Ishita Raj does well in a supporting role. Although Alok Nath has played different kind of roles, including those of a villain, in the 80s and the 90s, the current generation sees him in a particular. He drops off his sanskaari image and plays a colourful character with abundance. Virendra Saxena pitches in with an effective performance as his friend Lalu. The rest of the cast consist of seasoned performers like Ayesha Raza Mishra, Pawan Chopra, Deepika Deshpande-Amin and Rajesh Jais and each of them delivers a good performance.

'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' will further strengthen the brand Luv Ranjan is today. Despite being overlong and an inconsistent second-half, the film makes for a very entertaining watch and will be definitely lapped up by the youth.

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