The movie starts with a nearing retirement aged-couple Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta) and Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) accidently get pregnant and start feeling extremely sentient about the pregnancy, as they are now the fodder for the gossip mongers in their social circles. Even their offspring Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Gullar (Shardul Rana) disparage them for their parents for their act and dodge them. Ayushman is even ashamed to meet his love, Renee plated by Sanya Malhotra, the Dangal girl. They are puzzled on how to absorb the situation and face the world. The story is all about dealing with an odd status quo like this and coming to an understanding that there should be no judgements between family members. Defying the society’s non-pragmatic set of rules might cost a middle-class family, its respect in the society but Kaushik’s family learns to unlearn the impractical practises of the society.
The movie establishes the fact that the world will smile with you when you are pregnant immediately after your wedding or when you are young but when you are old and pregnant, the world will laugh at you. The movie beautifully depicts how one should not shy away from talking about sex, romance and sexual safety, break the rules with humour and laugh at our own situation. The movie is progressive at many levels and layers. The layered writing with humour and sentiments to perfection makes Badhai Ho, a hit among advanced thinkers.
The plot of the film is understood from the trailer itself, an aged-couple, with a son at a marriageable age getting pregnant and how they become the cynosure of eye, especially among the critics. The actors in the movie left no room to complain about their acting, comic timing and dialogue delivery. Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta and Ayushmann Khurrana can now proudly call themselves the method artists with innate talent. Hard-hitting messages of being non-judgemental about your own family and decisions, even if it is about sex and romance is laced with strong dose of humour. The discussion about romance and passion in the present age has nothing to do with age, thus this film is a stand out for various causes.
The writers Shantanu Srivastava and Akshat Ghildial truly know the pulse of progressive people and how to convey the message with wits. The theatre echoes with nothing but laughter. Every person, whose has lead a middle class life will not just relate to the lifestyle and mannerisms but also to the old-school romance of reading out poems to the partner with arms around them and cajoling the wife after a fight with between wife and mother-in-law. Every actor in the movie brought out the true essence of their characters and makes it look like a story of your neighbour.
Badhai Ho is all about defying the 'Log Kya Kahenge' thinking, laughing at those laughing at you and also laughing at your situation. One can't judge anybody's sex life or romance, irrespective of their age, above all, one should know to accept themselves and their family, no matter how it is. Ayushman Khurana, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao are heart and soul of the film. A hard-hitting message laced with witty humour=Badhai Ho. Ayushman, Badhai Ho!