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The biggest motivator for me, to get into the theatre and see Matru ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (yes, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?) was Vishal Bhardwaj. I have been an unabashed admirer of the man’s work, and have blogged about it in the past.

M_Id_116521_vishal_bhardwajNot that I have liked all of his work, and have even shared my misgivings.

But irrespective of some wins and some losses, overall, I believe that Vishal Bhardwaj is one of the most creative persons in the film industry today. As a composer, as a director and as a producer, he has a fabulous body of work. Maqbool, Omkara, Ishqiya, The Blue Umbrella, Makdee, Kaminey, etc. are films that have left a mark.

Coming from that background, and promising to be something different this time, MKBKM was worth viewing. And while it was indeed very different from most of his previous works, I enjoyed the film thoroughly.

There are some standard Bhardwaj elements in the film – Gulzar (of course!!), Pankaj Kapur (Maqbool, The Blue Umbrella), Shabana Azmi (Makdee), the small town / village based story and accompanying language style including expletives (Ishqiya, Omkara, etc.). I guess some of these are what Bhardwaj identifies well personally (he has small town beginnings, and has an amazing rags-to-riches and accidental discovery story), and thrives in depicting these.

So what does Bhardwaj cook for us in MKBKM?

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Well, a fun and whacky look at a Haryana village where the property becomes attractive to a politician, at the potential cost of the farmers there, and what then becomes, the typical efforts by the good guys to save the day.

The story is not that much, but I just love the outrageousness of it all.

The characters are well developed, even some of the smaller ones. And all deliver well. Imran is impressive. He has a powerful voice and looks sharp. Anushka’s great talent for sure. She can be exuberant as well as sensitive and fits this role well. Shabana Azmi lives her character well. Well, she is too good an actress, and this role does not stretch her much!

But the top honours are definitely reserved for Pankaj Kapur. Given a good role and room, he can deliver an astute performance, and which is what he does here. I guess, he can be compared to his co-brother, Naseeruddin Shah, in terms of that talent (respective wives, Supriya and Ratna are sisters). MKBKM2

The music is good, and the title song at the end, after the movie ends, is a lot of fun, in particular.

Most importantly there is a fun element right through, with strong Haryanvi language, including a liberal dose of expletives! Some may not appreciate the language or the madness that goes around. Which is why I saw the diverse reviews – good and bad – before I went for the movie.

My own verdict is positive, and I would recommend this movie.

What’s your view?

First things first.

Mom, if you are reading this, and since you wanted to know my thoughts on the film, to decide whether to watch the film or not, here’s the simple answer. You will not like it. There is no interval in the film, but you may walk out of the film, midway through it, anyway. Mainly on account of the constant flow of expletives, both in Hindi and in English!

Then again, you may not want to be in some agency offices either, and you may like to walk into some of the meetings in our office also, only after prior warning!!

Yes, so where Delhi Belly “shows” that reality, Buddha Hoga Tera Baap chooses to “beep-beep” it instead. Anyway, that’s a different story, and enough about BHTB already!

Coming back to Delhi Belly, their tagline is “Shit Happens”. And yes, there is a character who suffers from diarrhea all through the movie, and besides the language in the film, we are also subjected to viewing this “crap”!

That apart, this slice-of-life flick is fast paced, funny and contemporary. Very today!

3 bachelors surviving in a dungeon like flat in Delhi, doing jugaad to make life a little better, having girl friends, have their lives turned upside down. By accident. And they don’t even know what hit them, when one of them is strung to the ceiling with a tie around his neck!

And then follows the chase and their survival strategies!

The movie is originally made in English, with some spattering of Hindi. It has also been released in a full-Hindi version. Don’t know if it is just dubbed in Hindi. I saw the Hinglish one..

To that extent, it does appear to be a metro, multiplex audience targeted movie, then.

There is no interval too. And I thought, multiplexes did not really make money running, fully A/C theatre screens, to often, sparse audiences. It was the expensive popcorn and samosas that really made money for multiplexes. So how can they accept a movie without an interval. Would drop snacks purchases by at least 70%, if not more??!

So obviously, the society has got a lot more open and accepting of what were taboos, till sometime back. Heavy usage of four letter words, including the desi BCs-MCs, are par for course. Sex and heavy smooches, casual talk of homosexuality, are all also quite acceptable in this day and age now. Yes, they would shock many, still. Which is why I asked my Mom to not bother to waste her money. But for a lot of today’s society, these are acceptable facts of life. So there.

The acting is good. Imran excels. So do his two pals, and Vijay Raaz is special, as he always is. The women are also competent, and in spite of the short film, all characters are developed quite well. Aamir Khan’s special appearance at the end, for an item number, is kind of an icing to the cake.

So long as you don’t get shocked by the use of expletives, go watch it. Should be fun.

And all this talk about not watching with your family etc. is exaggerated. There isn’t much here, that you don’t see in a Hollywood flick that you could be watching together at home, or even on some of the sitcoms.. I watched the film with wife and daughter! And all of us enjoyed it. Except the wife was disgusted by all the shit that happened. On screen. Literally.. 🙂