Shaadisthan is a 2021 Indian musical drama directed by Raj Singh Chaudhry and starring Kriti Kalhori. The film was produced under the auspices of the famous digital studio production company and distributed by Disney Hotstar Multiplex. The story is based on empowering women.
Archie and his parents have to travel from Mumbai to Ajmer to attend the wedding of their cousin Chulus, but they miss their trip. Archie, who did not want to travel to the wedding, had previously hidden with his friends and only came back after his mother called to appeal by phone. Chulu tells Arshi’s papaji’s father that a group of his friends are taking a bus to Ajmer to celebrate his wedding, and he made arrangements for them. The next day, Archie and his parents reach their destination and begin their journey. His father disapproves of team habits like swearing, drinking, early morning smoking, etc., but he has no choice but to tell his wife. Sasha is the main singer of the group, Emad, Jigmeh are other members and are courteous to the family. Sasha is a lovely modern girl who responds to Babaji when she accidentally mentions that her music is loud. Archie is sad and hasn’t eaten since yesterday, and when the band members try to flirt with him, he doesn’t say a word. This only makes Babaji angry, but his mother tries to calm him down. Slowly the ice breaks between Arshish’s parents and the bond, and they communicate freely with each other. In the afternoon, they stopped in the middle of the freeway to rest. Since the members of the group are out and about and the family is sitting on the bus, Babaji blames Archie for his cold behavior. Archie can’t take it anymore and cries. The band members try to comfort her, and she tells them she will turn 18 the next day and get engaged at Chulu’s wedding. The band members are shocked but realize that they are powerless. Archie tells them he ran to his friends house but couldn’t see his mother crying and begging, so he returned. On the other hand, even though her mother takes care of Archie, she has implicitly succumbed to ancient social practices. If his parents do not follow traditional rituals, family and friends will put pressure on them. Archie tells them that on the one hand, he can’t see his mother crying and begging, and on the other hand, at this young age, he can’t imagine his future with such a stranger.
In the evening when they arrive in Oedipus, Babaji goes downstairs for personal matters and the rest goes to the Tiger Hotel, a mutual friend who wants to rest for an hour or more. Tiger is a friendly host and meets Arshish’s mother, who initially didn’t want to get off the bus. They all enjoy dancing and music in the hotel. Later we see the group in Dubai in a deep dream. The owner of Daba takes the call from Archis’ mother and wakes her. Chulu, who called him, told him that Papagi had been trying to contact them for a long time and asked him to give them their location immediately. I ran to the bus and saw everyone sound asleep. Arshi wakes up and sends a papaya there. Jigm later discovers that the dough tiger smeared her with opium, which everyone seems to have liked. Archis and Sasha’s mother start cooking dinner because the fog is over. While cooking, Sasha confronts him with very sharp and intimate questions, and for most of them the answer is no. Eventually, he admits that he followed the social norms assigned to the family and completely forgot about his personal and intimate feelings. Sasha tells her that she is a free-thinking girl, she admires her sacrifices for her family, but indirectly wonders if she wants the same fate for Archie.
After an eventful trip, they came to the wedding the next day and moved into their rooms. Later on the eve of the wedding, Papaji is humiliated by her brother-in-law for getting only half a million rupees for the wedding while they expected at least 2-3 times that amount. They reminded her that their efforts would enable them to marry their daughter into a respectable family. Deeply hurt by this humiliation, he was forced to rethink his understanding of the social structure and future of his daughters. Archie tells the group that he wants to spend the night with them. Sasha shares this with his mother and they continue their conversation the night before. He recognizes the competence of his speech and at the same time expresses it like musical notes, everyone has a different attitude to life. Later that evening, Arshis ‘parents have an intimate conversation after a long time and Arshis’ mother tells Papaji that from the bottom of his heart he doesn’t care about social norms, which concerns him too. The next day we saw that all family members were happy to get on the Mumbai group bus.