Starring – Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Arya Babbar
Director – Vishal Bhardawaj
Producer – Vishal Bhardawaj
Genre – Social, Drama
Music – Vishal Bhardawaj
Rating – ***
By Prerrna Seth / Kreative Access Media
‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’, if you think this title is unusual, the film can easily be called the same. Vishal Bhardawaj is known to make films that are different from the league and Matru is just that. Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), an industrialist has dreams of setting up a huge mill for which he needs land. Local Minister Chaudhari Devi (Shabana Azmi) has her own vested interest in the project. Consequences of this industrialization are to be borne by the poor farmers of Mandola Village in Rohtak, Haryana. Mandola’s only daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) too is part of the deal and she has been set to tie knot to Azmi’s son Baadal (Arya Babbar). Now, Matru (Imran Khan) who is Mandola’s Man Friday is their only saviour.
MKBKM caters to a niche audience, and while the film is a good watch, it may not be understood by many. Bhardawaj creates a beautiful metaphor comparing Mandola’s daughter to his homeland. His skills as a director are undoubtedly proficient. The character sketch of all the artistes in the film is carefully thought of and carved beautifully.
Pankaj Kapur is exceptionally brilliant in the film with dual personality that of a sober and corrupt industrialist and a drunk emotional fool. Imran Khan tries hard to adapt to the Haryanvi accent but his posh style takes over. However, Bhardawaj does manage to hide his flaws. Shabana Azmi reminded me of her wicked act in ‘Makdee’. Arya Babbar was surprisingly a pleasant watch. Anushka Sharma is as usual at her best.
Vishal Bharadwaj’s music is easy on the ears, ‘Oh Boy Charlie’ being my personal favourite. Cinematography is the major highlight of the film apart from the performances.
Bhardawaj’s obsession for Shakespear is quite evident as he takes cues from ‘Macbeth’ for the film. However, the film is humorous in its own right. The ‘Pink Buffalo’ is an interesting addition and the camaraderie between Matru and Mandola is a treat to watch. Overall, the film is not for the masses and many may find it confusing. But if you enjoy humour with a pinch of salt, go for it.
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