Sleeper hits of the year

Deccan Chronicle.  | subhash k jha

Entertainment, Bollywood

Here are a few films whose success surprised everyone.

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety

Not much was expected from this spooky satire about a small town tailor, played by Rajkummar Rao who falls in love with a mysterious girl who may be a chudail (witch). Rao’s ‘Vicky pleej’ dialogue was heard all across India.

Folklore met a campy horror in this mix of myth and mirth which proved its worth. A huge money-earner, this was a film where supernatural beliefs are dragged to the extremes of self-parody and then dragged back up panting, puffing and gasping for breath. It served up a delicious, voluptuous mishmash of terror and titillation all titivated in loads of guffaws. To sustain the mood of mirth during times of terror is not easy. Yet, Stree managed do it. The producer and director Raj-DK hoped to make a tidy profit and it cracked the magical Rs 100 crore collection. Take  a bow, you alumni of the cool ghoul school. 

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Who would have expected this non-star rom-com with pronounced misogynist leanings to swish past the 100-crore mark? Director Luv Ranjan is still reeling. And after seeing this bromance-versus-romance about an overpossessive friend (Kartik Aaryan), creating  insurmountable hurdles in his best friend’s love life and marriage, we are reeling too.

The repartees in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety just rolled off the characters’ tongues making them sound sassy and sombre even when they were being mean and vicious just because it suits the script’s purposes. And God knows, this film needed no excuse to let the words flow. 

The wickedest, meanest comedy of the year, SKTKS turned Kartik into an overnight superstar. 

Veere Di Wedding
Sparkling with humour and warmth, exotic locations and irresistible 

glamour made this Kareena-Sonam-Swara-Shikha chick flick, a chic trick and freak hit that had us all hooked. 

This film was great fun to watch. The quartet of gorgeous women were more entertaining than the three guys in Dil Chahta Hai. One of whom had famously said, ‘You can’t improve on perfection.’ True, but you can do quite a lot with imperfection. Especially, if you have the wealth to play around with to hide your ongoing bouts of gaffes and faux pas. Veere Di Wedding was one hell of a joyride, a designer’s delight and yet not quite the airheaded experience it loudly proclaimed  itself to be.