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Having seen Vishal Bhardwaj’s flashes of directing comedy in all his films I was very interested to see what he does with a full fledged comedy film but Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola is not that film.
|Star-Cast: Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapoor|
|Director: Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj, Kumar Mangat Pathak|
|Duration: 2 hrs 31 mins|
A fictitious village in Haryana is called Mandola named after the rich industrialist Harry Mandola ( Pankaj Kapur). He wants to take away the land of the farmers and have a big dream about what he wants to do with it. The only problem is that he drinks and becomes a different person after he is drunk. He does things like taking a village morcha to his own house against him. He has a driver cum drinking partner in Matru (Imran Khan) who has studied law abroad and has come back to the village and is working for Mandola. Everyone knows he has a plan up his rolled khaki sleeves. What happens when Shabana Azmi arrives with his son Baadal (Arya Babbar) to the village to marry him off to Mandola’s daughter Bijlee ( Anushka Sharma) is what the film is about.
The film is schizophrenic when it comes to what it is arriving at or what it wants to do. Entertain, educate or inspire? Nobody’s knows. It is neither a quirky comedy nor a satire on the state of our nation. I could sit through it only because of the cinematography and because I love watching Pankaj Kapur act. Remember that hilarious drunk scene in Jalwa?. When he is drunk, Pankaj Kapur is an extended version of that character. There are flashes of brilliances but few and far between.
Arya Babbar makes the most of the opportunity given to him. This is his most meaty role yet in a mainstream big budget film and he gives it his all.
Word of mouth - There is an abuse which is often used in the film. That was my emotion when I walked out of Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola.
Verdict: It is the ‘Joker meets Aiyaa ‘film of this year