Manmarziyaan Review: The Bollywood Love Triangle, Redefined


Manmarziyaan Review: The Bollywood Love Triangle, Redefined

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


nurag Kashyap’s Manmarziyaan is not just another love triangle that puts forth two oft-abused options – carefree excitement and routine stability – in front of its female lead. It dismantles just about everything we’re conditioned to believe about how we love, fed through sugarcoated Bollywood romance; a throbbing manifesto of modern love that threatens to unravel the inadequacies of romance.

Set in Amritsar, it revolves around Rumi (an electric Tapsee Pannu), a gutsy 20-something orphan who is in love with Vicky Sandhu aka DJ Sandz (the inimitable Vicky Kaushal), the neighbourhood drifter. They have the kind of passionate, all-consuming romance that inevitably sets the universal standard for how “true” love should make us feel – equally soul-crushing during its highs and lows. Trouble brews when the lovers are discovered by Rumi’s extended family. Their instant disapproval of her unambitious lover forces her to devise an ultimatum: If he doesn’t ask for her hand the next day, she’ll marry whoever they pick.