Badhaai Ho Reviews (Top Critics)

Rediff.com
By Sudarshana Dwivedi (3.5/5)

That love and physical relationships are the prerogative of the young, is an unwritten law. If it involves the elderly, it can only invite ridicule or wrath. Ridicule, if they are not related to you, and wrath, if they are your parents. As somewhere a character says in the film, you think of a mother as a goddess. You stop thinking that she is a wife and a woman too.

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The Hindu
By Namrata Joshi

"Ye bhi koi mummy papa ke karne ki cheez hai (Is this something for parents to do)," says Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) to his girlfriend Renee (Sanya Malhotra) when the two are in the throes of passion. The "something" in question here is sex. Badhaai Ho is on the unusual phenomenon - the inability to come to terms with your parents having sex, seeing their relationship as conveniently chaste despite knowing how the kids come about in this world.

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Intoday.in
By Suhani Singh (2.5/5)

Ayushmann Khurrana is now well-versed with the art of being humiliated. If it's set in Delhi like Vicky Donor, then he's even more at ease. But in Badhaai Ho in which he plays the eldest son, Nakul, who avoids public eye after he learns that his mother is expecting, Khurrana doesn't deliver the best embarrassed performance. That honour goes to Gajraj Rao as the caring husband to Priyamvada aka Bubbly (Neena Gupta) who has to break the news.

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BollywoodHungama.com
By Bollywood Hungama (3.5/5)

BADHAAI HO is the story of a family that faces an unusual situation. Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) resides in Delhi with his family comprising of his father Jeetender aka Jeetu (Gajraj Rao), mother Priyamvada (Neena Gupta), grandmother (Surekha Sikri) and younger brother Gullar (Shardul Rana). Nakul is in a steady relationship with his colleague, Reene (Sanya Malhotra). One day Jeetu and Priyamvada get intimate when they are reading the poem written by Jeetu that is published in a magazine.

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Indiatvnews.com
By Reshu Manglik (4/5)

First Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Bareilly Ki Barfi and now Badhaai Ho, it seems like Ayushmann Khurrana has the patent over nailing the typical middle-class-man roles. He switches his lingo just like that; one, two, three go, Khurrana turns his knob and here we go. With Badhaai Ho, he has once again proved that these neighbourhood sagas hit off instantly and this genre is here to stay for good.

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DNA
By Meena Iyer (3.5/5)

Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) is embarrassed and even a little annoyed with his parents because they are about to have a baby in their late 50s. In other words, just when he is thinking of settling down with Reene (Sanya Malhotra), his parents - Jitendra (Gajraj Rao) and Priyamvadha (Neena Gupta) throw a bomb at him. They tell him that he should get ready to welcome a sibling.

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Mid-Day
By Mayank Shekhar (3/5)

I walked into this film quite a few minutes late. Or rather at the exact point, which in screenwriting jargon will be referred to as end of Act I - when the set-up is complete, and the film's essential 'goal'/point gets 'locked'/revealed. Which, if you've seen this pic's promo, you will know is the fact that a fairly old, post middle-aged couple, who should be expecting grandchildren by now, realise that they, in fact, are accidentally going to become parents all over again.

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Glamsham.com
By Vishal Verma (3.5/5)

Does romance, love, passion evaporates with age?, is intimacy age bound? BADHAAI HO starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Surekha Sikri and Sanya Malhotra is a rib tickling twist to love, tradition, relationship and parenthood. A mundane, routine life of a middle class Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) is going steady with his upper class girlfriend Renee (Sanya Malhotra).

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FilmFare
By Devesh Sharma (4/5)

The film is a coming-of-age dramedy that celebrates love, lust, middle-age romance, family, and girl child. Middle class boy Nakul Kaushik (Ayushmann Khurrana) works in a MNC, is in a relationship with a colleague Renee (Sanya Malhotra), whose mother is a Delhi socialite. The twain doesn't actually meet but they believe they can swing it around.

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Filmcompanion.in
By Rahul Desai (3.5/5)

It's tempting to turn a film like Badhaai Ho into a full-blown comedy. The concept - of a middle-class 50-something couple (of "grandparental" age) caught in the throes of an unplanned pregnancy - might have remained light-hearted within the norms of another culture. Case in point: Father of the Bride 2, where Diane Keaton's late pregnancy even clashes with her daughter's.

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Scroll.in
By Nandini Ramnath (2.5/5)

Hindi cinema's favourite Diffident Young Man is back in a movie that actually doesn't revolve around his inability to face up to hard facts. Badhaai Ho, directed by Amit Sharma and based on a screenplay by Akshat Ghildial, stars Ayushmann Khurrana in an exceedingly familiar role, but ultimately belongs to a couple past their prime who read poetry on a rainy night and reach out to each other.

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Firstpost.com
By Anna M.M. Vetticad (3.5/5)

What happens when a woman gets pregnant in her twilight years. If some gentle ribbing is all you are expecting, then you are out of touch with reality and the subconscious prudery that even supposed liberals direct at the elderly. Now imagine if the expectant mother and her husband, the child's father, are already parents of a teenaged son and another who is in his 20s.

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Ndtv.com
By Saibal Chatterjee (3.5/5)

Director Amit Ravindernath Sharma's Badhaai Ho deserves unstinted kudos. It not only dares to tackle a tricky theme, it does so with laudable finesse. This film is a worthy addition to the raft of adventurous, sure-handed genre-benders that the Mumbai movie industry has been delivering of late in a welcome rush.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2.5/5)

The ridiculous extent of Indian hypocrisy around sex, especially middle-aged or, worse, elderly sex, is laid bare in Badhaai Ho, which has to have one of the most unique propositions in Indian cinema: how do you deal with the imminent, wholly unexpected arrival of a 'nanha mehmaan', when you have two grown up sons-one in his mid-20s who is about to pop the question to his girl-friend, and the other stepping into testosterone-ruled teenage years-and an old cantankerous mother/ma-in-law?

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The Times Of India
By Rachit Gupta (4/5)

A middle-aged couple Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta) and Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) get unexpectedly pregnant. The couple from a middle-class family starts feeling conscious about the pregnancy, as they become a talking point in their social circles. Even their sons Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Gullar (Shardul Rana) grapple to cope with the situation that they are in, because they believe...Yeh bhi koi mummy papa ke karne ki cheez hai?

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Hindustan Times
By Raja Sen (3.5/5)

Amit Ravindernath Sharma's Badhaai Ho is a fine, funny film about family, and about how hard it is to accept a truly unfamiliar situation, no matter how positive it may be. The Kaushiks are a simple Delhi family, living contentedly in government-allotted housing, curtains matching sofas in a flat festooned with Hanuman stickers. One night, Priyamvada discovers she's pregnant.

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News18.com
By Shrishti Negi (3.5/5)

There's no denying that comedy is one of the hardest genres to get right, but when it does, it leaves a great impact. If not forever then definitely for a long time. Amit Sharma's Badhaai Ho is definitely one such comedy. It may run its course from being seriously funny to gravely silly but it's pretty incredible how it still manages to make you laugh consistently.

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