Bhardwaj's Rustic Drama Fails To Impress!
By MovieTalkies.com, 11 January 2013
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Review- In Short
This social drama/rom-com deals with the lives of three characters, who are connected to each other
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Review-Verdict
Though the movie has certain good parts, the overall effect is not promising enough
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Review- Story Plot
Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur
) is a ruthless businessman in Rohtak, Haryana, who wants to acquire the lands of the poor peasants and turn it into a corporate jungle full of industries and malls. However, Harry has another side to him. When he gets drunk, he turns into a 'jolly good fellow' named Hariya, who inspires the same peasants to lead a revolution against himself.
Matru (Imran Khan
), is a law graduate from JNU, who chooses to work as Harry's driver and gofer, employed for the sole purpose of controlling Harry's alcohol intake. Bijlee (Anushka Sharma
) is Harry's rebellious daughter, who is about to be married to Badal (Arya Babbar
), the immature son of a scheming politician (Shabana Azmi
), who is hand in gloves with Mandola when it comes to acquiring the peasant land.
Things get complicated when Bijlee begins to start having feelings for the rustic Matru. If that was not enough, a mysterious man named Mao is leaving messages in secret, urging the peasants to revolt. Last but not the least, Mandola, who swears to quit booze after every drunken escapade, is having visions of a pink buffalo!
Will Matru and Bijlee get together? Will Harry see the error of his ways? Will the peasants get justice? Watch the latest Vishal Bhardwaj
flick to find out…
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Review-Performances
Vishal Bhardwaj might have gushed about Imran Khan as being the perfect actor to play the role, but frankly, we cannot understand why. Merely sporting a beard and saying a few words in rural Haryanvi is not enough to convince the audience. Khan certainly cannot bring to screen the raw appeal of a villager that an actor like Irrfan Khan
brings to his character in Paan Singh Tomar
. Of course, we understand that Matru is a law graduate from JNU and not a village lout…but then, why go out of your way to disguise yourself as a rustic Haryanvi when there is no such need? On her part, Anushka yet again plays the spunky and rebellious girl she has been playing in most of her movies and this act is getting quite repetitive, to be frank.
The only actor worth watching in the movie is the veteran Pankaj Kapur. As Harry Mandola, Pankaj makes you sit up and take notice. Stern when sober and jolly when drunk, Mandola is one of the truly memorable characters in recent cinema. Arya Babbar is quite irritating as the immature Badal and Shabana Azmi
is passable when she does not ham.
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Review-Direction
Fans of Vishal Bhardwaj, who have seen cinematic gems like Maqbool
, might surely sigh with disappointment. Like mentioned earlier, the movie has certain good moments…the scenes where Harry gets drunk and transforms into 'Hariya' are the ones to watch out for. However, Bhardwaj gets too self-indulgent and many elements in the story seem nonsensical…so, you have villagers hurling cow-dung at the baddies by use of giant catapults, a Zulu dance troupe introduced for no particular reason and a plane crash bringing ISRO officials to investigate the possibilities of a UFO!
Even as far as the characterization is concerned, the director fails to effectively show what makes Harry's character transforms in the climax. Moreover, the chemistry between Matru and Bijlee is not explored impressively.
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Review-Final Word
A personal fan of Vishal Bhardwaj, this reviewer regrets to say that this flick Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
, is not the ace director's best product at all…