After delving with dark human emotions in movies like Maqbool, Omkara and Kaminey, filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj is back with a crazy comic drama, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, starring Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapur in the leads. MKBKM has been in the news for its quirky title and hatke content and the charismatic Gulabi Bhains! Bharadwaj brings back the rustic flavor of Indian villages, but this time, with a pinch of difference.
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 Imran.
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 performance.
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 watch.
Cast: Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Arya Babbar
Director: Vishal Bharadwaj