Is the Feisty Small-town Girl the New Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

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Is the Feisty Small-town Girl the New Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

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n Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda) has topped every exam she’s ever taken. She may live and study in a small town, but that has hardly deterred her from dreaming of a life beyond the hustle of Kanpur. On the day of her wedding, she learns that she has cleared the Provincial Civil Services Exam. But, there’s a catch. Her small-town in laws expect a bahu who’ll be satisfied with just being a housewife, not someone who works after marriage.

Aarti has two choices: Either, marry the boy (Rajkummar Rao) her parents have fixed for her and who she has fallen in love with, or follow her dreams. She chooses the latter and runs away from the shackles of the small-town life that await her. In the running away, Aarti joins the herd of feisty small-town heroines who have been the flavour du jour of Bollywood this year. And it’s a trend that refuses to settle.

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