Cast: Urvashi Rautela, Gautam Gulati, Archana Puran Singh
DIRECTOR: Ajay Lohan
Virgin Bhanupriya has her heart in the right place and strikes an agreement with her maturity theme that seems somewhat correlable, but falters in the oversimplification of the idea of adolescent romanticism and that disconnects us from the characters while contributing to its mediocrity.
The film is not a masked sexual comedy and works more like a family drama and satire set in a society that sees sexual curiosity as a scandal. Bhanupriya’s father (Urvashi Rautela) Vijay (Rajiv Gupta) is a simple cut-out of what a “father of modern times” should be. While constantly reiterating that she knows what her daughter is experiencing during her awakening years, she barely seems to really make an effort to understand and empathize with her feminine side. Perhaps this is the reason why his relationships with his wife Madhu (Archana Puran Singh) have bottomed out in the first place and as now they are just a quarrelsome couple who remain separate and who is even more emotionally distant from their daughter. However, Vijay brings comic relief to the scenes with the self-indulgent nature of his character.
What works in favor of the film is the friendship corner between Bhanu and his dear friend Rukul (Rumana Molla). They are not afraid of what they want and will do everything they can to get it. Mistake is allowed because if men can, why can’t women? Female characters are strong in their approach and behavior and capture the limelight, even in comic scenes, while sexual allusions are transmitted here and there. Rajiv (Sumit Gulati) is a delightful character and the actor catches your attention with his minimal game.
Ajay Lohan’s direction is acceptable and marks the maturity between exaggerated and dialogic comedy. In his hands, the film finds depth when it could easily appear as a bunch of offensive lines. The four songs that guide the narrative are at ease and blend well with the story and all in all they offer entertainment that you won’t mind in the least if they are looking for Hindi content that is close to the Bollywood treatment on OTT.
Urvashi has handled Bhanupriya gracefully and looks convincing in the role of a demure girl looking for adventures and experiences. The emotional side of Bhanu is well explored in Urvashi’s silences and leaves room for the interpretation of his character.
Watch Virgin Bhanupriya on ZEE5 if light comedy is your passion for this weekend.
Rating: 2.5 / 5