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July 30, 2014 Wednesday     
In the late nineties, while travelling in the outskirts of Delhi (around Najafgarh) in an auto-rickshaw, I felt a constant irritation and burning sensation in my eyes. Also I strangely could feel the smell of kerosene oil from the moment I took the auto but wasn’t sure. So reaching the destination, I asked about it to the driver and he started smiling. On my repeated questioning he revealed that actually the petrol here is mixed with kerosene oil and therefore the smell & irritating eyes. Puzzled to hear that, I really couldn’t believe this new piece of information about the adulterated petrol, so left it right there, never to recall it again.
Cut To - The memory came back after more than 15 years while watching MANJUNATH, a film based on the shameful real life event of 2005, wherein a truthful officer was assassinated because of his voice raised against a hidden crime. And that undisclosed, unheard crime was the same illegal practice of selling impure petrol (mixed with kerosene oil) openly at various petrol pumps in U.P. The film certainly made me open my eyes widely with that old time memory reviving in mind and just forced me to think that this was all happening since the late nineties (or even before) when I had that unbelievable chat with the auto driver.
Hence based on such major yet less talked about activity, MANJUNATH can easily be rated as an important attempt to educate the youngsters about that forgotten event. And admittedly I was also not aware of the exact proceedings before watching the film, which might be the case with many friends here in all possibilities.
Therefore as a purposefully made project by director Sandeep Varma, MANJUNATH largely works in one way, being an honest and sincere attempt to spread awareness about the unsung hero and his brutal murder.  But unfortunately as a film, it is not able to impress in its opening hour taking too much time to come to the point and gaining momentum only in the final 40 minutes, when the case gains national attention. The director remains faithful to his core subject throughout but the execution is not that hard hitting and impressive as it should have been. Particularly using the poor rock song in between, talking to Manjunath’s spirit post the murder and the hurried court case in the end, completely fails to reach the audience in the desired manner.
Both Cinematography & Background score remain average, whereas few performances do manage to grab your attention in the second half namely of Seema Biswas, Kishore Kadam, Yashpal Sharma and Faisal Rashid. Divya Dutta coming in the final moments only remains wasted and Sasho Satiiysh Saarathy sincerely tries hard to play the lead revolting character resulting in a mixed kind of impact.

On the whole, yes projects like MANJUNATH need to be made to expose the shocking truth, before it gets lost in the weak public memory as usual. And thus the film indeed can be rated as a courageous effort from the team with a moral mission. However I really wish it was executed in a more polished way which could have taken it to a much wider audience fulfilling its basic aim.
Rating : 2 / 5 (with a special mention for its noble intentions of spreading awareness.)
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14 May 2014 / bobbysing /
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After Manmohan Desai and Subhash Ghai in the 80s, the one director whose films our group of movie-freak friends enjoyed a lot in the next decade was David Dhawan and we all really waited for every new David-Govinda film quite desperately. In fact not many would probably believe (looking at my present profile) that it was me and one of my close friends only who always used to begin the mad-dance in the theater at every hit song and I still remember what chaos we all were a part of while dancing at “Husn Hai Suhana” from COOLIE NO.1 right in front of the screen in the year 1995.
Remembering those years I sometimes do feel, as if these lavish multiplexes promoting a more sophisticated and educated way of movie watching, have probably ruined that unforgettable & enigmatic experience of witnessing a typical David-Govinda film among all the crazy fans. And MAIN TERA HERO really transported me to those times quite honestly, as David was proudly back with his own style of entertaining cinema, presenting a new age Govinda found in his son Varun Dhawan acting in just his second film.
However before writing about MTH, let me tell you how we used to enjoy those David-Govinda movies back in the 90s like some mad, fanatic fans.
The moment the advance booking used to open, we were there to book our bunch of tickets for the first night show and then excitedly waited for Friday, counting days. Now to admit it openly, none of us ever expected to find any novel or path breaking plot in the film offering some exceptional cinematic moments and neither we were interested in watching any actions sequences shot skillfully with the heroes. But all we used to look for were those hilarious interactions between 3 main characters namely of Govinda, Kadar Khan and Shakti Kapoor rendering many great one liners repeatedly and the chosen dialogues were often used for weeks in our daily conversation post the first viewing. Heroines meant to be an important supporting star dancing along the hero at that time too and the same trend is being followed even today after almost two decades. Yet it’s a known truth that Karishma contributed a lot in those insane sequences of all the Hit films of the 90s and she is still known for the same, more than anything else. Apart from the comic scenes, all those projects also had very catchy dancing numbers in store and the moment the first few notes were played on the screen, one of us could be seen standing on the chair beginning the mad-dance without caring or looking at anybody else at all.
Now coming back to the present Friday with MAIN TERA HERO, I truly felt reliving the same era watching some enjoyable scenes of the film and also felt great realizing the fact that thankfully I have not lost the ability to enjoy such illogical, mad-cap entertainers even today (after a few decades) despite extensively watching a lot of meaningful cinema from the world over almost every night. In other words, MTH assured that I still have got both my thinking as well as careless, childish, enjoyable caps intact till date, enabling me to cherish all kinds of cinema without any fixed intellectual presets related with the growing age. And that is surely a sort of achievement I feel proud of sharing with all the like-minded friends here loving Hindi films.
Having said that as the film begins, it just turns out to be another loud product aiming to please the audience, incorporating everything possible missing the desired mark. All the actors simply behave over the top including Varun and the viewer doesn’t get involved with any of the characters individually in these first 10 minutes. But once Arunoday Singh and Rajpal Yadav enter the scene alone with Ileana, the whole scenario changes and suddenly Varun gets into a current generation avatar of good old Govinda surprising one and all. Without wasting any more time he starts impressing in almost every sequence and one begins enjoying the film much more than the expectations, before it says interval.
Post intermission new characters are called in to keep you entertained including Nargis Fakhri, Saurabh Shukla and Anupam Kher with his amusing echo system straight from the mountains, working instantly. The catchy tracks continue giving a boost to its overall momentum and one just feels like watching a typical David Dhawan film of the 90s featuring Varun instead of Govinda. Interestingly Shakti Kapoor also joins in towards the end to recreate the same magic but his track sadly turns out to be a more forced one in absence of the inimitable Kadar Khan.
To give the due credit, though the film is a remake of 2011 Telugu hit KANDIREEGA, it actually works because of David Dhawan’s absorbingly entertaining adaptation, fast editing and many funny dialogues well written by Milap Zaveri. The father makes his talented son do many things particularly for the single screen viewers in the small centers just like he used to play with Govinda. And Varun doesn’t disappoint him either grabbing the big opportunity given showcasing his comic timing perfectly.
The soundtrack by Sajid-Wajid suits a David Dhawan like a ‘T’ and I really missed ‘Chichi’ a lot in songs like “Shanivaar Raati” and “Tera Dhyaan Kidhar Hai” in particular. The compositions force you to start swinging sitting on your seat itself, which was always a key feature of David’s films in those particular years. The background score maintains the racy tempo throughout and the action sequences intelligently incorporate the humor factor too as required.
Performance wise, as expected Varun leads the show in style and I hope this film doesn’t turn his confidence into over-confidence next. The boy unexpectedly lives every Govinda moment in the film wonderfully and David has surely found a new Govinda in his own home after so many years. Ileana looks pretty and does well in her limited scope but Nargis Fakhri is really awful with her English accent and silly expressions. As a matter of fact, now I can assume how difficult would have been for Imtiaz to get her perform in that decent way in ROCKSTAR. But then since the girls offer a good amount of skin show and kisses too, so the viewers are not going to mind the lack of acting skills as it seems. In the supporting cast, Anupam Kher is simply superb with her echoing dialogues & Rajpal Yadav successfully generates some good laughs along with Saurabh Shukla. Arunoday Singh leaves a strong impact as the tough villain trying the comic act for the first time. Plus Manoj Pahwa, Supriya Shukla, Evelyn Sharma and Raju Kher provide a good support.
Finding the flaws, it is no doubt based on a very mindless plot and can also be cornered by calling it a product designed to promote Varun Dhawan alone. The film slows down a bit in the second half too going into some over stretched sequences heading towards a hurried climax. But the mad, crazy treatment of the director fast picks it up well in time and drags you back into the entertaining world of fun, full of many witty one liners. In short, forget about the logic, keep away the intellectual cap for a while and enjoy MAIN TERA HERO just like a 90s David-Govinda film going back in time.
In poetic verse, for some there might be less and for some there might be more, but there is entertainment in the film for sure…………for everyone. So do give it a try and have a good time along with the new age Govinda and the veteran David Dhawan once again hitting the mark in the new millennium.
Rating : 3 / 5 (With a special thanks for recreating that nostalgic magic of the 90s.)
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04 April 2014 / bobbysing /
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Mere Dad Ki Maruti

Since last decade we have seen many fine entertaining films relying heavily on Punjab, its frank lively characters and energetic marriage ceremonies offering a great blend of love, dance, music and humor to the viewers. But just when it was being considered that the subject has lost all its freshness and charm, reaching a saturation point of its own, here comes MERE DAD KI MARUTI which once again makes you smile, laugh and enjoy within those similar settings of a Punjabi Wedding only, quite smartly.
Taking its clues from “Dude, Where’s My Car?” (2000), the film manages to convince you mainly due to its interesting theme which actually doesn’t revolve around a loving couple but a Maruti Car which gets lost incidentally by the young boy on his date. Now how he deals with the problem & his angry father, along with his childhood buddy and girlfriend becomes the basic premise of this light comedy which keeps your interest alive right till the end. Here I would like to mention that its not a perfect film at all with many illogical instances in its script, like replacing a brand new car with the other ones without any doubts being raised on its looks, an abandoned vehicle hitting a road side tree not being reported or found by police for a whole day and many other major events shown in its one day storyline which are actually not possible within that time frame.
But luckily all these questionable logical deductions just take the back seat once its likable key characters make an impression and you start enjoying their journey ahead in an exciting mode. Putting it differently the film starts in the usual manner where in the boy & girl are introduced with a song and some comical moments. In the first few scenes, you just feel that the boys are actually doing it over the top with the efforts showing on the screen very clearly. Even Ram Kapoor seems to be having trouble with the mixed Hindi-Punjabi dialogues in his opening scene and the actor even tends to go the hamming way too, playing the pissed off father. However as the film progresses it makes you forget all these initial hiccups and the first half majorly works due to its light comic feel, fresh new lingo, the gorgeous girl, many well written funny dialogues and Ram Kapoor indeed.
Post interval, it drops a little with Ram going off the screen for a while and new entrants coming into the scene ranging from Haryanvi Car rental owners, a don like dealer of stolen cars and the Cops on their usual patrolling. Yet both the director & the writer, thankfully never lose their track and keep the narration tight with the witty one liners coming one after another to give you a good time. But unfortunately within this fabulous flow they also throw a sequence which could have been avoided as it does take the Punjabi Community for granted and crosses the limit of decency with a sick attitude.
The sequence is of an extremely vulgar dance performance, wherein the bride herself is dancing in front of her groom and all the invited guests in the party, with the moves which can put even the Cabaret dancers to shame. Now if this is how the makers were willing to portray the North Indian people and their wedding ceremonies, then Sorry their research was quite silly and incomplete. In reality the shameful dance number has just been added into the film to bring some more giggles in the theater and nothing else, which in turn displays the lack of taste and vision in its executors. To say the least, this particular dance item could have been treated in a different entertaining manner, away from vulgarity.
Moving ahead, another major reason why MERE DAD KI MARUTI successfully wins your heart in the end lies in its completely unpredictable climax wherein each member of the cast contributes his or her bit very beautifully. And when a film has a great entertaining conclusion then the viewers are bound to praise it unanimously with smiles on their faces, while coming out of the theaters. So from that angle, director Ashima Chibber has surely delivered a decent winner here, particularly for the north belt of the country undoubtedly. The songs have been used very intelligently in smaller versions or in the background without hurting the pace of the film. And the compositions by Sachin Gupta have also got the much needed energy in them like in songs like “Punjabiyan Di Battery” and more played in the backdrop. The film has been shot well, benefitting the young girl Rhea in particular but the continuity in some scenes was not taken care of (like the beard of the groom in his scenes).
In the performance department, MDKM makes you remember two faces the most and they are of Ram Kapoor, playing the father and the charming Rhea Chakraborty, playing the leading lady of the film very confidently. Ram Kapoor successfully manages to impress the viewers largely despite of being loud and visibly uncomfortable in his few scenes (due to the language) and Rhea looks smoking hot as they call her in the film itself. Both Saqib Saleem and Prabal Punjabi as the two friends, find their perfect timing on screen with Prabal scoring a little more because of his hilarious one liners. Ravi Kissen truly excels as the Bhai whereas Karan Mehra (groom) and Benazir Shaikh (bride) play it fine.
In all, MERE DAD KI MARUTI is no doubt a hugely likable film for some selected regions of the country and abroad. It has its own minus points which also includes the ‘At Your Face’ publicity campaign of the brand MARUTI and its various makes, continuing throughout the film without any hesitation. In fact looking at such open display of the BRAND name, I was forced to doubt that may be MARUTI people are one of the sleeping producers supporting the film behind the curtain as it seems. And there is no wrong in doing that actually, because if they can regularly spend many crores on the publicity campaign of their different versions of cars in a year, then they can surely make a small budget film in that same amount of money too, quite easily.
Anyway, ignoring this direct BRAND Promotion, even though the film does revolve around the same old Punjabi wedding theme seen several times before, do watch MERE DAD KI MARUTI as it still has got the content to give you a good time in the theater along with your whole family.
Ratings : 3.5 / 5
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17 March 2013 / bobbysing /
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