Movie Review – Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

11 Jan

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is the latest release by director Vishal Bhardwaj, known for his realistic and hard-hitting cinema, whether its Omkara or Saat Khoon Maaf. This time he’s ventured into the comedy genre, while sticking to his grassroot brand of cinema and he succeeds. Well, almost!

Thanks to the extensive publicity this film has had, we all know that there are 3 main characters – Matru (Imran Khan), Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and Mandola (Pankaj Kapur). The film is set against the backdrop of a village called Mandola in Haryana where there the farmers are coerced into surrendering their lands to make way for sky-rise apartments, industries and shopping malls. The villagers are helpless as this is a scheme planned by Harry Mandola with the support of the Chief Minister, Devi (Shabana Azmi). Devi has a son, called Badal (Arya Babbar) who is to marry Mandola’s only daughter, Bijlee, albeit with intentions of acquiring her father’s vast property. Matru, a graduate from JNU, is an employee and man friday of Harry Mandola. The villagers however have the support from an unknown well-wisher who leaves them notes guiding them, signing off as ‘Mao’. Of course, in the Bollywood world, everything ultimately ends on a happy note, even with a seemingly simple story line, the director has added some memorable and comical moments to make the movie interesting.

This movie clearly belongs to Pankaj Kapur who proves yet again on why he’s known as one of the finest actors in the country. He plays a sophisticated and ruthless millionaire by daylight and an extremely endearing drunkard in the night and excels in both the acts, instilling fear in his first avatar and generating sympathy in the second. Shabana Azmi too is simply brilliant as the two-faced Chief Minister and stands out when her eyes shine with evil intentions while explaining the need to get married to Mandola’s daughter in the interest of “Pragati”. This is also Arya Babbar’s best role till date, playing her spoilt brat son. Anushka Sharma is good in her role, but she’s repeatedly playing the same kind of spunky characters which is getting a little clichéd. The surprise package is undoubtedly Imran Khan, who is the rustic villager and manages to play it with a lot of conviction.

There are some extremely funny and tongue-in-cheek dialogues in the movie, with even references to people like Nita and Mukesh Ambani, Rahul Gandhi, Sheila Dixit and many more. However, the downside is the dialogues are mouthed with a heavy Haryanvi accent which becomes difficult to follow at times. Also, there are instances in the film, which are totally unnecessary and don’t even induce any laughter, like the inclusion of Zulu dancers from South Africa or Matru and Mandola’s accidental trip on a personal aircraft.

On the whole, I would rate a 3.5 to Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. A sincere effort by a prolific filmmaker!

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One Response to “Movie Review – Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola”

  1. sampath January 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    this 3.5 is out of 100?

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