Khajoor Pe Atke Movie Review: Don’t Miss Your ‘Date’ With This ‘Item Family’
Actor Harsh Chhaya makes his directorial debut with Khajoor Pe Atke and the trailer had definitely made me quite curious to watch it, courtesy the ensemble cast comprising comedy stalwarts like Manoj Pahwa, Vinay Pathak, Seema Pahwa, Dolly Ahluwalia, Prathamesh Parab and others. However, does the film manage to tickle your funny bone? Read on... When the emotional Jeetendar (Pahwa) learns that his younger brother has been hospitalized in Mumbai and is gravely ill, he rushes from Lucknow with his nagging wife Sushila (Seema Pahwa) and starry-eyed daughter Nayantara (Sanah Kapoor). Following his example, the superstitious sister (Dolly Ahluwalia) too follows though the youngest sibling Ravindar (Pathak) lands up rather reluctantly with his wife Anuradha (Suneeta Sengupta). On reaching the hospital, they learn from the hospitalised brother’s son Alok (Vicky Arora) that there is no certainty about the recovery or the survival of the patient. How the various members of the family react to the situation in their own ways forms the rest of the plot. When you have a cast like the one mentioned above, you can be rest assured that the performance department will be without any complaints. Every actor in the cast has done a masterful job as per the requirement of his/her character- right from biggies like the Pahwas and Pathak to minor characters like the gruff cop (Nagesh Bhonsle) and the ‘jugaadu’ hospital compounder, who makes you guffaw in every scene that he is a part of. A great comic sequence depends on a combination of elements, from the timing to the chemistry between the actors and we had no complaints as far as this was concerned. What makes the film work as far as the comedy is concerned is that none of the characters are out to do anything overtly funny- every character is earnest and serious enough about the situation, which makes the situational humour more effective than any buffoonery or slapstick humour you may have seen in other comedy films of recent year. Another praiseworthy fact about the film is that every scene has something to offer and every character is relatable enough to remind you of some or the other relative or family member. Harsh Chhaya definitely deserves a pat on his back for making his directorial debut with a fresh, clean, breezy and an absolutely relatable family entertainer. The music by Bickram Ghosh is situational and lends good humour to the hijinks, with Aao Na Dekha standing out as the anthem of Khajoor Pe Atke. Even Dhokha, sung by Harsh himself, picturised on Pahwa, is a scream. Mumbai is shot well and is almost a character in the film, with the usual spots like Gateway of India and Marine Drive, woven into the fun narrative, where Harsh makes his fun cameo appearance, and the editing is crisp, not letting the family shenanigans slow down. In conclusion, if laughter is the best medicine, ‘Khajoor Pe Atke’ is exactly what the doctor prescribed for the entire family...
Release Date : 18 May 2018
Director : Harsh Chhaya
Genre : Comedy , Family