“Tiku Weds Sheru” review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Avneet Kaur’s unconventional chemistry coupled with lackluster storytelling derails Kangana Ranaut’s romantic comedy venture

Tiku Weds Sheru

The film’s narrative is an affront to both Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Avneet Kaur, leaving them stranded amidst a poorly crafted screenplay. “Tiku Weds Sheru,” helmed by director Sai Kabir, falls short in its endeavor to weave a tale featuring two talented actors, as they struggle to breathe life into an ill-conceived movie. It’s not only the subpar writing that warrants vehement criticism, but also the lackluster chemistry between the lead pair, a result of the underdeveloped script. Produced by Kangana Ranaut, this romantic comedy aims to tickle the audience’s funny bone while evoking heartfelt emotions. However, instead of being entertained, viewers may find themselves surrendering to deep slumber during the lackluster first half.

“Tiku Weds Sheru” narrates the oft-told story of two individuals chasing stardom amidst the dazzling lights of Mumbai, hoping for a blissful union. The film opens with Tasneem Khan (Avneet Kaur) reciting one of her shayari couplets, while the camera intrusively delves into her eyes, fixating on the beauty mark adorning her upper lip. The focus swiftly shifts to Shiraz Khan Afghani, also known as Sheru (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a junior artist whose inner superstar refuses to allow him to deliver an understated performance. Constantly berated and relegated to the background, Sheru perseveres and continues honing his skills as a scriptwriter.

Sheru, in addition to being an aspiring actor, is entangled in the grimy world of influential politicians, supplying women as prostitutes. His solace lies in his one-room apartment, where he finds companionship with his cat, Elizabeth, to whom he passionately recites his shayari. Among his scripts, Sheru cherishes a photo of Natasha, one of the girls he sends to his clients. The chaotic direction by Sai Kabir undermines the tender moments that could have resonated with the audience—yet another missed opportunity.

The lonely Sheru rejoices when his brother sends him Tiku’s photographs for a potential marriage. He travels to Bhopal, where he meets the prospective bride, who happens to be significantly younger than him. However, this incongruity is easily overlooked as Sheru is offered a hefty dowry of Rs 10 lakh in cash. Tiku, a rebellious spirit, declines Sheru’s proposal on the spot, shattering his ego. The only saving grace in this scene is Nawazuddin’s intense gaze and his poignant shayari.

Eventually agreeing to Tiku’s wishes, Sheru embarks on a journey to escape her abusive family and fulfill their dreams of becoming superstars in Mumbai. However, as the poorly written and predictable narrative unfolds, Sheru discovers that Tiku is pregnant with her deceitful boyfriend’s child. Bereft of hope and terrified of her parents discovering the truth, Sheru contemplates suicide—not once, but twice. As the contrived drama progresses, Sheru assumes the role of a film financier in front of his wife. The couple indulges in parties, lavish clubs, and resorts, driven by Sheru’s disdain for poverty and destitution. Their first outing together includes a “romantic” beach scene that sparked controversy prior to the film’s release. However, let me assure you, the alleged romance is hardly worth mentioning. While the significant age gap between Nawazuddin and Avneet can be overlooked, their on-screen pairing is painfully awkward, and the much-talked-about kiss serves as evidence.

Sai Kabir’s direction lacks coherence and fails to deliver those anticipated moments of brilliance. The film’s background score, featuring the melodious voices of Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, provides a brief respite. However, Avneet Kaur’s energetic performance of “Meri Jaan E Jaan” in a loud red costume could have been omitted.

Despite its flaws, the film does shed light on the struggles faced by background artists who risk being overshadowed by the leads and endure insults as a consequence. It also attempts to highlight the plight of women in the industry, who often endure exploitative situations in their quest for fame.

In conclusion, “Tiku Weds Sheru” fails to deliver on its promise of a romantic comedy and lacks a coherent narrative. The awkwardness permeating the film overshadows the performances of Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Avneet Kaur. Nonetheless, the 21-year-old Kaur manages to shine through, capturing the nuances of her character with finesse.

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