I kick-started my passion for movies with Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola and after having practically lost hope in Hindi Cinema in 2012, this movie finally proved to me why I used to have undying faith in this industry. Because in between all the masala packed, nonsensical maar-dhad movies you will find a movie like Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola.
And no, it is not a political sattire on the electricity crisis – but anyone who watched the trailer would be able to establish that, with its colourful songs and the infamous pink bhains. What it really is about is a bloke called Matru who works for the rich drunk Mandola and is in love with Mandola’s daughter Bijlee. Bijlee in turn, wants to get married to Badal (ironic, I know) who is the son of wealthy politician Chaudhari Devi who loves to flirt with her samdhi Mandola. Yes, its one big happy family until Mandola begins to sabotage his industrial career and Chaudhari Devi’s political career every time he gets drunk. We then begin to go deeper into the traumatic lives of all these people and who they really are beneath the appearances they put up.
So much for the plot. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? Well this is just the cream of the cake and I don’t want to dig deeper and spoil it for you. Coming to the direction – Vishal Bharadwaj has outdone himself yet again, by combining a happy go lucky atmosphere that prevails throughout the movie with a much more serious real life plot. There are minor flaws in the direction which I would prefer to overlook because I basically enjoyed the movie through and through. The acting was phenomenal – with Pankaj Kapoor and Shabana Azmi setting the standard with their remarkable acting skills. Shabana Azmi more than Pankaj Kapoor, because I have never seen her in a role like this one. Imran Khan proves that his roots are closely linked to Mr. Perfectionist and Arya Babbar performs well in every third scene or so. But he still does a good job for a first timer, though I would say that he still has a long way to go. But he may not lose hope seeing how Imran Khan has come a really long way since his first movie. The way he shows multiple sides of his character with completely ease is commendable. Anushka Sharma though is a bit of a let down, as she is barely there for most of the movie but proves her metal in the climax where she has a pivotal role. The dialogues on the other hand, are refreshing and wonderfully witty. All in all this is a well thought-out and well executed movie which you must not miss.