Set against the rustic backdrop of a village in Haryana,
MKBKM is a comedy-drama that revolves around three zany
characters: Matru (Imran), Bijlee (Anushka) and Mandola (Pankaj).
The story is about a serious land scam issue, but with a touch of
fun element in it. Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola portrays a
rich industrialist Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), his daughter
Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with
Harry's close associate, Matru (Imran Khan). Bijlee gets engaged to
Baadal (Aarya Babbar), the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari
Devi (Shabana Aami). Things take turn from this point onwards and
troubles get added up to their lives, until Bijlee realises that
Baadal just isn't the perfect man for her.
We feel Imran Khan is too 'Americano' to do complete justice to
the role of a eccentric rustic. In one word, Imran isn't just cut
out for this role. The only saviour in his case would be his bushy
beard and dhoti-kurta avatar.
Anushka Sharma is another crazy character in the film, who goes
a step ahead and sulks about her out-of-the-blue Meena Kumari
complex. Sharma continues her loud-spunky-sexy chic act, who mouths
cheesy lines like 'Tujh jaisi cheez ko mai bhagwan ke liye kaise
chod doon'. Though at times, this 'gaon ki chodi' gets over-the-top
in certain scenes, overall she does a better job than
Pankaj Kapoor is a spectacularly versatile, sensitive and
thoughtful actor. His salt pepper-haired avatar and the 'tharkee'
act in the film, is worth a big applaud. He delivers a splendid
Bharadwaj doesn't really do a fab job by creating some peculiar
characters and placing them in whacky, quirky situations, but the
man definitely knows to extract the best out of his actors.
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is damn funny and
entertaining in bits and pieces, but on the whole, one can't term
it as a spectacular flick.
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is wild, wacky, wicked and
would leave you with mixed feelings. On the whole, MKBKM
isn't Bharadwaj's the best of works, yet the movie is worth a
Cast: Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapur,
Shabana Azmi, Arya Babbar
Director: Vishal Bharadwaj