Prem: Ayushmann Khurrana
Prem, a 24 years old high-school drop out and a die-hard Kumar Sanu fan
has, much against his father's wishes, turned his family's ancestral grocery
shop into an Audio-cassette recording shop. It is the mid 90s and with the
advent of CDs, Prem's audiotape recording shop seems to be heading
towards a shutdown. And in the middle of all this - there are three things
which never fail to bring tears to Prem's eyes - the English question paper,
his father's slippers and Kumar Sanu's mellifluous voice. Each has it's own
pain. The film is about Prem finding himself within his pain, and with the
support of his dysfunctional family.
Sandhya: Bhumi Pedneka
Sandhya, a confident 21 year old, and on her way to becoming a teacher,
has dreams of her own. And topmost among them is her desire to get
married to a man who respects her for who she is - and that includes her
85 Kgs, well-educated frame.
Chandrabhan Tiwari: Sanjay Mishra - Late 40s
Prem's father, not just the family patriarch but also the bearer of the
proverbial slipper, who constantly reminds Prem of the pain and social
humiliation he will continue to bear till he proves himself to be of some
worth - as a son, as a husband and as a human being.
Sashi Tiwari: Alka Amin - Early 40s
Prem's mother, whose only wish is that Prem marries a working woman,
who can contribute to and uplift their family's deteriorating financial
condition. Truly a family woman, Sashi will even sacrifice her daily soap
so that her shy son and his bride can watch an erotic English film on
their only Black and White TV and proceed towards fulfilling her second
wish - that her son experiences the bliss of maturity, which to her, in
some strange way, is related to her son losing his virginity.
Nain Tara: Sheeba Chaddha - Early 40s
Prem's bua (fraternal aunt), dotes on Prem but will not sacrifice her daily
soap for Prem and Sandhya's conjugal delights. Separated from her husband
for the past 15 years, though Nain Tara is a little distrustful of Sandhya, she
also at the same time deeply understands what it takes to have a successful
Subhadra Rani: Seema Pahwa - Early 40s
An over bearing but loving mother, she really wants her daughter
Sandhya's marriage to work. For her a successful marriage is the pillar
of a happy life. Yet her daughter's marriage is far from successful or
happy. Nonetheless, imbibed with positivity and good faith, she keeps
giving her daughter unsolicited and sometimes radical advice as to how
to ignite that spark between a married couple.
It is the 1990s, the tape-cassette is dying, CDs will soon be the rage and a regular arranged marriage will
turn out to be a perfect mismatch. He is a shy music buff who runs a tape recording shop in Haridwar. She
likes to dance to the band tunes at her own wedding. He has nightmares about drawing a blank at his
English exam. She is about to carve a niche for herself as a teacher.
But now, they are married and they are supposed to spend a lifetime together - and he is still trying to find
balance on their scooter ride together. From overcoming his fear of the English language to dealing with
an overbearing father, he discovers that his oversized wife, who he thought was a spanner in his spool,
will actually lead him to something quite cool.