Double XL movie review: ‘Extra’ ordinarily performed & charmingly big
What: Double XL - Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi challenge the society's stereotype beauty standards, body shaming with a fascinatingly charming female bonding powered by a sweetly motivational coming of age drama powered by their extraordinary performances.
Double XL movie synopsis
Writers Mudassar Aziz (Pati Patni Aur Who and the Happy Bhaag Jayegi series previous) and Sasha Singh order the extra butter and cheese with no guilt in this story of Meerut's Rajshree (Huma Qureshi) and New Delhi's Saira Khanna (Sonakshi Sinha).
Rajshree dreams of becoming a sports anchor in a leading sports channel while Saira dreams of becoming a fashion designer/stylist who has her own label.
But there is a hitch, both the charmingly lovely ladies are ‘overweight’ and due to this drawback, Rajshree and Saira face setbacks after setbacks in their endeavours.
One day destiny brings Rajshree and Saira together? what happens next?
Size doesn’t matter, just as any eye – rich or poor can dream, any waistline thick or thin can think big and achieve what they want.
Writers Mudassar Aziz and Sasha Singh tackle body shaming, male machismo, the society stereotypes regarding beauty, the triumph of the underdog and an ode to women’s empowerment and self-belief at one go in this charming slice of life drama.
Perfect casting (Rachita Kapoor and Magda Sobolewska) boosts the simple free flowing and involving narrative by the debutant director Satram Ramani that is laced with bitter sweet and at times probing moments.
Powered with amusing tongue-in-cheek humour at certain occasions, the aptly titled Double XL spreads the message of acceptance in a feel-good way.
Sonakshi Sinha is perfect and she nails it. Her best after Akira.
Huma Qureshi is on a roll and how, the amazing actress delivers yet another winner with a performance that will stay with you for long, the ‘Maharani of versatility is at her peek at the moment.
Zaheer Iqbal is charming and has his moments.
Mahat Raghavendra in his Hindi (Bollywood debut) makes an impression.
Veteran Kawaljeet Singh is competent.
Kapil Dev is a treat to watch and last but not the least, Jimmy Shergill makes his presence felt.
Technically a polished product with rich production values. Eye pleasing and vibrant cinematography by Milind Jog sets the atmosphere. Editing by Abhishek Kumar is fine. Production Design by Sheena Saini is beautiful.
Kanishk Seth and Sohail Sen music is situational and it goes well with the narrative, Taali Taali is peppy while Tumse Mila Dooon is soothing
But Double XL is not perfect in any way. The narration and script are guilty of surprising coincidences like the Kapil Dev episode which lacks proper build up and appeal. Its guilty of convenient film making and compromises that results in predictability and omission of surprises.
If you don,t mind extra cheese and butter in your life, then embrace this extraordinarily performed and charmingly big slice of life releasing in theatres on November 04, 2022.
Double XL movie review in Hindi