Ginny Weds Sunny premiered on 9th October 2020 on Netflix. Directed by debutant Puneet Khanna and produced by Vinod Bachchan, the film stars Yami Gautam, Vikrant Massey, Suhail Nayyar, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Mansi Sharma, and Rajiv Gupta alongside other cast members.
Oh, Dear Confusion!
Ginny Weds Sunny revolves around the complexity of emotions, specifically, love! With the main character being Ginny (Yami Gautam) and Sunny (Vikrant Massey), the film takes its viewers on a ride into their love story that starts from um…stalking! But how else do you get love in Bollywood?
Ginny is an independent girl who is not interested in marriage and is pretty rude to people but often covers it with the mask of savagery. On the other hand, Sunny is an ordinary boy who wants to open a restaurant but has to wait till he gets married (don’t ask why). When Sunny is asked to marry Ginny, he is over the moon because of his past feelings, although she has no idea about his existence.
With intricate planning between Ginny’s mother Shobha Juneja (Ayesha Raza Mishra), and Sunny’s parents Pappi Sethi (Rajiv Gupta) and Rita Sethi (Maneka Kurup Arora), Sunny decides to stalk Ginny everywhere she goes, do everything she adores as told by her mother, and ultimately make her fall in love, get married, and voila! open a restaurant. Also, Ginny is close friends to his ex Nishant Rathee (Suhail Nayyar) and lowkey in love with him too, if anyone cares. What follows is a series of confusion of feelings, yelling, and broken hearts!
Ginny weds Sunny is a stereotypical Bollywood masala film where often there is a romanticization of the idea of making someone fall in love with you by constantly appearing in front of them and making them realize its just coincidence and destiny, otherwise known as stalking (and harassment) which should really be called out. It promotes the ideology of that women don’t have any authority and coaxing someone to do your bidding is okay (newsflash: it is not).
The film captures the Delhi NCR vibes pretty well and depicts the upper-middle-class household where each and every character resonates with the Delhite feeling – a matchmaker, families dying to get their children married, Delhi lingo, and Haldiram! Everything is so Delhi in the film that it’s kind of nostalgic.
While the movie does well in capturing the local feelings and linguistic, the dialogues are cliche and fail to make an impact on the viewers. At the end of the film, if you had to take with yourself one heroic line, there will be none. Other than the dialogues, the film has few other things you would have seen in mainstream Bollywood i.e., destination wedding, calling off of that wedding and drama, romantic moments which usually end up in tears, a mad lover, and a confused trio. What still saves this film is the vibrant and colourful note to it. In Ginny and Sunny’s world, its a blast of colours everywhere (the colour grade is high!)
Coming down to the soundtracks of the film which are there almost throughout, you’ll see that the film has modified old Hindi songs into newer versions, making them relevant to their film. The marriage song “LOL” is a remake of Jind Mahi and misses the feel. Other than that, a not-so-good, full-of-neon-and-shimmer Badshah, Mikka, and Neha Kakkar remake of “Sawan Mei Lag Gayi Aag” is nothing more than skip-worthy. Keeping in view that another unreleased Bollywood movie is planning the remake of the same song, it’s difficult to understand how many times the audiences will be fed the same soundtracks.
The only saviours of the film in terms of its soundtrack are “Phir Chala” and “Rubaru” which dominate the scenes in various parts as a description of the character’s feeling and mood. In a film where the sound is not reductive but the main part of its making, copying/remaking isn’t really the right choice!
To its advantage, Ginny Weds Sunny features a veteran support cast like Ayesha Raza Mishra, Rajiv Gupta, and Maneka Kurup Arora who save the film from shattering down as soon as it starts. In their roles as the parents to Ginny and Sunny respectively, they bring on-screen the emotion and concern that parents harbour for their children and it’s flawless. Other than motivating Sunny to stalk Ginny everywhere, their role is heartwarming.
Yami Gautam as Ginny brings on-screen a confident side of her character who is outspoken and fearless but a bit confused. What actually stops her character from being a memorable one is the cliches and the screenplay around how a ‘girl’ is confused with 2 men wrapped around her fingers.
Vikrant Massey is one of the best actors in Bollywood with his recent release Cargo and Chhappaak. Ginny weds Sunny isn’t the dream or ideal role for him to feature in – a talented actor bound in the shackles of average and pallid storytelling isn’t exactly where you’ll want to see Massey’s talent wasted.
Stream It or Skip It!
STREAM IT! All’s well that ends well, even if it means Ginny hurting another girl who was supposed to marry Sunny, in a way trespassing her special day, making it her own, and bluntly asking Sunny to call off his marriage when she was the one who denied him on the face! Ginny Weds Sunny has its own pros and cons and sometimes the predictability is a major factor in taking the movie downtown. The film is a one-time watch, you can enjoy it with your family but don’t stalk anyone in the name of love!
Ginny Weds Sunny is now streaming on Netflix.
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