This speaks of the calibre of the beautiful curly-haired actress for achieving the national award. She sparked in a magnificently effective double role- which were diametrically opposite to each other- and in a way powers the comic drama forward with effortless ease.
On one hand she is the bubbly and recklessly rebellious Kanpur girl Tanuja Trivedi alias Tanu who walks out on her boring London doctor-hubby Manu Sharma (R Madhavan) on a whim and returns to her hometown. On the other she embodies the no-nonsense persona of Kusum Sangwan alias Datto, the feisty sports quota Delhi University student from Jhajjar who is a carbon copy of Tanu but for her buck teeth, pixie bob and unalloyed Haryanvi diction. In both these roles, Kangana, who is of late, engaged in an ugly court battle with Hrithik Roshan saying he is ex-husband, is a perfect fit has done a fabulous job. She delivered the much needed comedy in a flawless way.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns- which is the sequel of its original 2011 version with same name minus returns- was about the problems of a love marriage. The wave length of Tanu and her husband Manu (Madhavan) do not match and she felt he is boring and not entertaining. The mismatch of a couple looks like romantic attraction in the beginning but turns out to be one of the main struggles of a marriage. Kangana plays it beautifully and her role reflects the thinking and attitude of majority of Indian middle class.
She carefully essayed the roles with their perfect body language, diction. She proves that she does not want to remain as a glam doll and continue her career just on skin show. She is an experimentalist and came out successfully with the movie. She richly deserves the award.