Sonu ke Titu ki misogyny

Daniyal Zahid feels the new release can be entertaining, but that it draws far too heavily on sexist stereotypes

Sonu ke Titu ki misogyny
Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety will be easy to get for those familiar with Luv Ranjhan’s work. Ranjhan’s idea of filmmaking is to hire Kartik Aaryan as the lead, and depict young men being trapped by women whilst struggling with the idea of luv.

The Pyaar ka Punchnama films centered around this very idea of cunning women and innocent – even if on the loose – men. And indeed this is precisely what made them successful.

Coming three years after Pyaar ka Punchnama 2, many felt that Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety would be the honourary third member of that franchise. And the way the film has been set up, there’s a fair chance that this potential part 3 eventually evolved into a separate movie.

Maybe the evolution stems from the fact that Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety doesn’t quite match the Pyaar ka Punchnama in terms of its punches, or indeed the crispness of its screenplay. What it does match toe to toe, indeed, is a misogynistic core for the script.

Although to be fair to Ranjhan, like its predecessors, Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety plays upon sexist stereotypes for both men and women, with the filmmaker’s idea for ideal versions of both. Men are the horny commitment-phobes, who are only looking for women – and marriage – for the sex, while women are cunning entrappers who forge the ‘ideal’ persona, till the ‘bakra’ has been slaughtered.

But yes despite the pigeonholes for both, it’s the men who get to be the innocent ‘bakras’ at the end of the day.

Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) are closest of childhood friends, with the best interests of each other at heart. The two are there for each other at all times, and this is often required when trouble in love life brews.

The movie starts with Sonu helping Titu see through a girl and break up with her. But it moves on to a much bigger challenge when Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha) enters the frame, eventually bringing the two friends to rupture point.

Despite the wholehearted embrace of political incorrectness, Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety has undeniable entertainment coefficient. It has punches that generate genuine laughter, and do so on a frequent enough basis for there to be the humour momentum that is central to any piece of comedy.

What the film also has is strong acting performances, with the leads already nailing similar roles in the past.

Both Kartik Aaryan and Sunny Singh have added to their billing in the movie – especially the former, who should be landing many more roles in the genre henceforth. Nushrat Bharucha, too, is donning an avatar different to the one in PyaarkaPunchnama, and does well.

Then there’s Alok Nath like you’ve never seen him before, and several other cameos that ably support the leads.

But yes, Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety does not reach the heights of either the Pyaar ka Punchnama films, even if the film is pretty much their extension. And no, unfortunately, there are no Kartik Aaryan monologues here as well, even though he does say some of the same stuff in the movie, but not as a lengthy single-shot speech.

While the storyline does drag into the second half – especially considering it is pretty much what the same group of people have already depicted in the past – it is the gags that come to the rescue more often than not.

Even so, if you’re particularly allergic to politically incorrect humour, especially where sexist stereotypes are involved, steer as far away from the filmas possible. If not, and especially if you enjoyed the Pyaar ka Punchnama movies, you’ll definitely enjoy Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety – even if it’s not quite on par with the former.