Movie Review Of Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui
Director Abhishek Kapoor has maintained the mystery around the plot since the Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui trailer was released. Well, most of us were pretty intrigued to find out the truth and what stopped Manu and Maanvi’s romance? Well, the big revelation happens in the film, and Maanvi accepts (SPOILER ALERT) that she is a transgender woman as Manu stands before her bare-chested and confused.
While Ayushmann Khurrana plays the badass character of Manu, Vaani Kapoor essays the role of quirky Maanvi. The scriptwriter throws a clever move by involving a subject like transgender in a film that revolves around bodily transformation. The Manu-Maanvi jodi is like a match made in heaven; the chemistry is dazzling, the sex is good, the romance is top-notch until Manu faces the truth of Maanvi and is clearly not okay with it.
If you look at the overall plot of Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, it would seem like any other Bollywood masala romantic film with great chemistry, a boy meets a girl and falls in love kinda romance, peppy songs, love-making scenes and a hurdle in their love story. The only difference is that the hurdle is a major stereotype in society and plots exploration of prejudice against assigned gender identity. Metaphorically, Maanvi reflects a person who dares to jump out of the box in which she has been trapped since birth like every other transgender woman. Manu reflects a society that is just not ready or prepared enough to accept a person like Maanvi.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui might look like a typical Bollywood film, but Abhishek Kapoor brilliantly highlights a major issue here without making too much noise about it. Talking about the cast, Ayushmann Khurrana is always a treat to watch, but in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Vaani Kapoor is the real surprise, and the film reveals that the female actor has a lot of untapped potential.
There are many good parts of the movie. However, one thing that Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui doesn’t clear is that if Maanvi was not conventionally attractive, would a guy like Manu had fallen for her? Well, the battle between hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity continues!
All being said but Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is a refreshing take on how Bollywood depicts romance. The film is worth watching and will make you realize that we definitely need more movies on the gender identity topic!
Watch Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui trailer here: