2011’s Tanu Weds Manu gave a new life to many artists who were involved in the project. However, spawning a new genre of “second/third-marriage-comedies” was one of it’s biggest achievement.
In fact, it even got a sequel, Tanu Weds Manu: Returns in 2015.
The films got the audience’s attention solely because of Kangana Ranaut’s performance as Tanu. As a matter of fact, it even got her a National Award for Best Actress for the sequel.
Despite the accolades and praises, the movie was undoubtedly a flawed project. Looking back at it 9 years later, it became quite evident to me that Tanu Weds Manu does not hold up at all.
Tanu Weds Manu’s Sleeping Beauty moment
I decided to take a walk down memory lane and watch Tanu Weds Manu on a lazy Sunday afternoon. After 15 minutes, I was back to scrolling through Netflix’s catalogue.
That’s how quickly things turned sour for me.
Manu (Madhavan) and his family are visiting Tanu’s (Kangana Ranaut) place for their arrange marriage meet-up.
To Manu’s dismay, he finds out that Tanu’s not feeling well and has taken a couple of sedatives.
He meets up in her room but Tanu seems to be unresponsive.
Concerned, Manu gets up to check on Tanu only to find her passed out under her “ghunghat”.
As this is the first time Manu’s getting a closer look at Tanu’s face, he decides to take a picture (so that it’ll last longer).
If that wasn’t weird, Manu cranks the creepiness to 11 and leans in to kiss the passed out Tanu on her lips.
Giggling, Manu heads down to where the families are sitting and blurts out, “Mujhe ladki pasand hain.” (I like the girl).
I gave up on Tanu Weds Manu at this point.
Social commentary in Tanu Weds Manu?
You don’t need to worry about consent if she’s passed out. *Insert the Guy-Tapping-Head meme here*.
I’m of the opinion that if it weren’t for Kangana Ranaut, Tanu Weds Manu would’ve been another Motichoor Chaknachoor.
This epic 110 minutes marriage-dramedy starts off on the wrongest foot imaginable.
Can you believe that the groom kisses the bride before they’ve exchanged any pleasantries?
Think about it, Tanu and Manu’s actual first kiss happened without Tanu’s knowledge. Romantic movie, amirite?
But why is this such a red flag and why am I making a big deal out of this, you ask?
According to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), marital rape or forced sex is considered illegal only when the wife is below the age of 15.
Tanu is an adult so Manu is taking his chances. He’s an NRI and is probably looking for an Indian wife to molest in his downtime.
I’m being harsh but can you blame me if I judge a guy who kisses an unconscious stranger and decides to marry her based on that encounter alone?
He’s an NRI creep.
However, while watching this scene from Tanu Weds Manu, there was one thought that bothered me:
How many unconscious girls did Manu reject by kissing them before Tanu?
Hope that thought bothers you as well.