Ginny Weds Sunny
Director: Puneet Khanna
Cast: Yami Gautam, Vikrant Massey
Streaming on: Netflix
In Ginny Weds Sunny, Shobha Juneja (Ayesha Raza) says to Sunny (Vikrant Massey) “What is love? It’s just a habit. You make her (her daughter) your habit and try to make yourself her habit.” Something to this effect in Hindi. It is what it is, isn’t it? Gone are the days of finding a special someone? These are the times of finding the right (read compatible) one. Romantic couples these days don’t need a third party villain. They are usually thwarted by the differing ideals of their chosen partners. The career ambitious generation of ours is knowingly/unknowingly becoming egoistic in order to prove ourselves as artists, entrepreneurs, software programmers (?) or whichever career option we choose.
Do these achievements merely become labels we put on ourselves? Are we happy as an individual, a human? If not, can we keep our significant other happy? That makes me ask another question, do most of us give our partner that much significance to call him/her our significant other? Aren’t we becoming mere ideas of ourselves based on the ideologies most of us have borrowed from pop culture and trends? Be it career or fashion or food or politics? Does it become too difficult to find a romantic partner and be happy with him/her? Are we becoming too self-centered and getting eaten up by self-importance?
The young boy and girl here in Ginny Weds Sunny don’t have many expectations from life or each other for that matter. They’re as confused as most of the youth. The film takes place around NCR. The boy, Sunny (Vikrant Massey) wants to start his own restaurant. His father says he’ll sell his hardware store and give that place for the restaurant only if the son gets married. The girl, Ginny (Yami Gautam), works in life insurance and is carrying on an on-again-off-again relationship with her ex-boyfriend. Why should these two like each other or fall in love with each other? Don’t have a solid reason. But hey, love just happens, right?
There’s nothing new to see in this standard template romantic comedy with boring song montages. To begin with I couldn’t care for any of the two characters. Yami Gautam with a borrowed brat attitude to look hard to get is not convincing enough. Vikrant Massey tries his best to keep you interested in this sloppy screenplay and uninspiring dialogue (Navjot Gulati, Sumit Arora) but there’s not much for him to do. The supporting characters, headed by Ayesha Raza as Ginny’s mother and Suhail Nayyar as Ginny’s ex-boyfriend have a few moments to show their spark. Isha Talwar makes a predictable cameo appearance.
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Director Puneet Khanna executes the written material with text book scene design and shot taking. The production design and cinematography are ‘colorful and chakachak’ as required for a rom-com. Hindi cinema has always been complacent with romantic comedies. What is the need for detailing or creating layered characters or bringing out nuanced performances? It’s ‘just a rom-com’, right? This one is no different. Nothing ignites a fire. In the end, did I care for the boy and girl living happily ever after? No. If you care to know their story, Ginny Weds Sunny is streaming on Netflix.