After a gap of nearly two years, he comes up with his second offering, which is refreshing but somewhere lacks the distinct touch of his directorial debut. Having mentioned that, there’s not a dull moment to spare in this film but one can guess what is going to happen next. And that’s never a good sign!
After watching the initial few scenes, you ponder whether you’ve gotten yourself into one more love saga. But as the narration progresses from Kanpur to Delhi to Shimla to Bangalore to Chandigarh to Dehradun, the graveness of a horrible marriage exposes itself. Once that is done, deception and reconciliation get remarried bringing a sweet closure to a sour decision.
The story begins with two hunky-dory teens (Kartik Tiwari and Nushrat Bharucha), who are prone to fall in love with each other. Life seems wonderful for a long while before they graduate from college. After he shifts to US, she annuls their relationship to become a sacrificial lamb back home. Our heroine wants to ‘protect’ her parents’ honour by getting married to a guy of their choice. Thus marking the instance when an otherwise rosy picture gathers steam. What follows next is a slew of charming traits thanks to the director’s finesse.
Though the overall motive is to scream against the regressive Indian society where parents often have an upper hand in their offspring’s wedding choice, Akaash Vani guides you through some dreamy sequences of perfect love and lovers. Thankfully, none of the aforementioned scenes are mushy. One particular instance where both the lead actors share a seat on the railway platform only to weep together without exchanging a word was flawless.
Kartik is smooth but appears stuck in his hero-mode while Nushrat is naturally adorable and steals the show as a repressed wife. Gautam Mehra and Fatima Sana Shaikh are appreciable as the couple’s best friends. In the background, some songs are hummable. Lastly, watch this one if you are madly in love or badly in marriage.