By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 13 January 2022: A bodybuilder Manu (Ayushmann Khurrana) falls for Zumba trainer Maanvi (Vaani Kapoor) and both are having a smooth romantic sail until Maanvi reveals something personal to Manu. Director Abhishek Kapoor’s theme in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, taboo for ‘sanskaris’ becomes obvious. Manu’s shock and disappointment for being in love with a ‘trans’ and the social discrimination Maanvi faces unleash emotional and sensitive moments.
Society is what it is and love is under stress. The bonding of two human beings is scrutinized by established norms. It is said, Man is in love with one and a half-man. Manu’s family’s initial excitement for Maanvi vanishes. Maanvi’s father and a friend are her saviors. The screenplay moves on to script the love birds tough situation. And, then how the hurdles are crossed is the rest of the movie.
Some dialogues softly comment on contemporary issues. In one scene where Manu is sitting in a restaurant, one can see the caricatures of Putin, Trump and Kim Jong. When Manu is trying to come to accept the terms of his rather unusual love, he says, “government school ka pada hoon – samajhne main time lagta hi”. A doctor tells him – it’s in the mind…
The happy ending of the 117 minutes movie is the message. It’s love, not biology that matters.
The movie is feel-good with good direction. Ayushmann Khurrana and Vanni Kapoor’s performances are superb. In totality, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui team – well done.
I give it three stars out of 5. The movie is streaming on Netflix.