Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a 2015 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Aanand L. Rai which serves as a sequel to the 2011 film Tanu Weds Manu. Kangana Ranaut, Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar and Eijaz Khan reprise their roles from the original film. Ranaut also portrays the additional role of a Haryanvi athlete in it. The story, screenplay and the dialogues were written by Himanshu Sharma. The soundtrack and film score were composed by Krsna Solo and the lyrics were penned by Rajshekhar. Saroj Khan and Bosco–Caesar were the film’s choreographers while the editing was done by Hemal Kothari.
Principal photography began in October 2014 and the film was released on 22 May 2015. The film carries the story forward showing the next chapter in the couple’s life. Tanu Weds Manu Returns received critical acclaim with Ranaut’s performance was particularly praised. Made on a budget of ₹39 crore (US$5.5 million), the film earned ₹252 crore (US$35 million) worldwide and became one of the highest grossing Bollywood films. The film received three awards at the 63rd National Film Awards, including Best Actress for Ranaut.
Tanu Sharma and Manoj Kumar Sharma, aka Manu are a couple in London[disambiguation needed] that married 4 years ago and have an unhappy and dysfunctional marriage. Manu once gets detained in a mental asylum due to some misunderstanding, and Tanu returns to her hometown Kanpur, India, when her friend Payal calls her from India and tells Tanu that she has given birth to a baby girl. Before leaving London, Tanu rings Manu’s friend Pappi Kutti in Delhi and tells him to immediately leave for London and release Manu.
In Kanpur at her parents’ home, Tanu encounters a crafty law student called Chintu who has become a lodger but refuses to pay rent nor does he vacate. Chintu befriends Tanu and slowly develops a crush on her, bemused by her antics. Tanu also comes to know that her ex-boyfriend, Raja Awasthi, is getting engaged to another girl. Pappi reaches London and gets Manu out and they reach India, where Manu sends a legal notice to Tanu to make her apologise, but she does not respond.
One day Manu goes to Delhi University to give a medical speech, where he sees Kusum Sangwan, a young Haryanvi student-athlete, who resembles Tanu. He slowly gets obsessed with Kusum and keeps following her despite Pappi’s warning. One day after Kusum confronts them, Manu tells her about Tanu. Kusum sympathises and they gradually develop feelings for each other. Manu tells Kusum he wants to marry her and meets Omi, her elder brother. Omi has no issues with Manu but shows a picture of the boy his wife wanted Kusum to marry, who turns out to be Raja. Payal Gill, Tanu’s best friend calls Tanu and confides that her newborn baby’s father is not her husband Jassi Gill.
Chintu gets jealous of Raja going around with Tanu and tells her father about it. He even sends Manu a nasty legal notice for a divorce, without Tanu’s consent, but Manu responds by agreeing, which shocks Tanu. She confronts Chintu who says he loves her but Raja shoves him off. Raja also discovers his engagement is being called off as Manu is going to marry the new girl in his life. Both Raja and Tanu are enraged and decide to go to Delhi to confront Manu.
Manu, Kusum and Pappi travel to Chandigarh to convince Komal Gill, Payal’s sister-in-law whom Pappi loves, to ditch her own wedding and elope with Pappi instead. As Pappi tries to convince Komal, Kusum is mistaken by everyone at the wedding as Tanu, including Payal, who tells her she had a test-tube baby secretly as Jassi had azoospermia. Kusum gets frantic on hearing these secrets and gives Payal a karate chop which knocks her out. She also lands a karate chop on Komal and they smuggle her to Jhajjar, where Kusum’s villagers are waiting. But once her family finds out she loves Manu, they attack Manu and Pappi and lock up Kusum. Omi arrives and saves the day with his logic. The village agrees to Kusum and Manu’s marriage.
As wedding preparations start, Tanu and Raja reach there with Jassi, Payal, their baby and Manu’s parents. Tanu makes fun of Kusum who snaps at her saying she is a state-level champion who is independent, loving and honest. She also reveals the truth behind Payal’s baby in front of Jassi. A shocked and drunk Tanu meets Manu at night who brutally brushes off her loving declarations. In the morning, Tanu tells Kusum she is sorry about her behaviour and would like to stay and help out in their wedding preparations.
Payal and Jassi are reunited. On the eve of the wedding, Tanu gets drunk and dances in front of Manu during the baraat procession. Her parents arrive with Chintu and are shocked to see Tanu shattered as Manu leaves for his marriage. Tanu sits quietly as Manu is marrying Kusum, until Kusum stops and confronts Manu, who confesses he still loves Tanu and cannot marry her. Kusum honourably releases him and walks off, to break down privately.
Tanu and Manu are joyously reunited.
Kangana Ranaut as Tanuja ‘Tanu’ Sharma / ‘Kusum’ Sangwan (“Datto”)
Madhavan as Manoj Kumar Sharma aka Manu
Jimmy Sheirgill as Raja Awasthi
Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi Kutti (Manu’s cousin)
Eijaz Khan as Jassi Gill
Swara Bhaskar as Payal Jassi Gill
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Advocate Arun “Chintu” Kumar Singh
Rajendra Gupta as Rajendra Trivedi (Tanu’s Father)
Navni Parihar as Mrs. Trivedi ( Tanu’s Mother)
K.K.Raina as Mr. Sharma ( Manu’s Father)
Dipti Misra as Mrs.Sharma ( Manu’s Mother)
Shishir Sharma as Mr. Sangwan ( Datto’s Father)
Gulzar Dastur as Mrs. Sangwan ( Datto’s Mother)
Rajesh Sharma as Omprakash ‘Omi’ Sangwan (Datto’s brother)
Rahul Shankalya as Rajinder Sangwan( Datto’s brother)
Manu Rishi as Manu’s Lawyer (Tees Hazari Court, Delhi)