Release Date: October 19, 2018
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Shardul Rana, Sheeba Chaddha, Surekha Sikri, Rahul Tewari, Vimi Mehta
Director: Amit Ravindernath Sharma
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 6 minutes
Badhaai Ho is a humorous take on the social stigma attached to pregnancy among middle-aged people. In many communities in the country, getting pregnant at a late age is frowned upon and it creates embarrassment within the family and the society. This is especially true in cases when other sons/daughters have reached adulthood and are planning their own marriage. Procreation is not openly accepted at old age in some communities and when someone gets pregnant, it becomes the talk of the town.
The story follows on the life of the Kaushiks, a middle class family living in Lodhi colony in Delhi. This is where everyone has an ear for interesting stories and news spreads like wildfire. So, one day when middle age couple Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) and Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta) announce that they are going to have a baby, all hell breaks loose. The entire community comes to know about it pretty soon and there are hushed talks and giggles everywhere. The worst affected are the immediate family members, the two sons Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Gullar (Shardul Rana), who find it extremely difficult to believe that their middle-age parents are going to have a baby. Even grand mom (Surekha Sikri) seems embarrassed by the news of the pregnancy.
Badhaai Ho excels in situational humor, which has come across as extremely good owning to superb performances by Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta and Ayushmann Khurrana. The film is littered with funny moments and has some liberal messages as well for everyone who may be watching. This is the sort of movie, which relies on the strength of characters and not solely on the star power of actors. Credit also goes to the writers and Director for their attention to details, which has made the movie so unique and interesting.
You will love every minute of Badhaai Ho, as there’s plenty of humor and drama to keep you engaged. The movie also makes a social statement, which would hopefully bring about positive change in the society and end the stigma associated with late pregnancy.