5 Weddings, starring Nargis Fakhri and Rajkumar Rao, tries looking at the funnier moments in Indian weddings - dwelling largely on observational humour - but doesn't really offer anything new. Nargis Fakhri plays Shania, a half indian half American journalist sent to India to do a story on indian wedding ceremonies. Her American mother, played by Bo Derek adds the task of finding her estranged father. Rajkumar Rao plays Harbhajan, a cop assigned to ensure that Nargis Fakhri stay out of trouble. The entirety of the film is just about Indian weddings and the whole drama around it.
The movie is essentially a clash of cultures focussing on Shania having no clue about the alien cultures and rituals of an Indian wedding. While it does have some good parts, it doesn't feel new. The humour too, sometimes sounds passé and cliched. Nargis Fakhri and Rajkumar Rao's lack of chemistry looks quite unreal and fails to make their character's relationship believable. The movie sometimes feels like a drab with its vapid screenplay. There are moments where the sordidness works your last nerve but hold on to it.
Considering what talent Rajkumar Rao is, his role could've been more meatier but the actor has done the little that he has had to do with utmost perfection. In other words, it was just sheer waste of a talent and his energy and also he should not debase himself by being a part of such movies. One of the good things about the movie is that Nargis Fakhri has not required any awkward dubbing as with her usual Bollywood movies and speaks in her own voice. Overall the film fails to keep the audiences engaged and can be rated as an average comedy at best. There was nothing so extraordinary to be mentioned in terms of technicalities too. It just felt like it was an attempt by an army of talented people to show how Indian weddings take place or rather how the whole drama around it takes shape.
If you are planning your weekend by watching this film, we did rather redirect your schedule. It will be up on Amazon prime or Netflix soon. You will have an additional option of changing the screen with something better incase you don’t like.