Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola movie Review
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Actors: Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma and Raj Babbar
A theatre-style direction laced with a fabulous script, flawless editing and irrefutable acting talents have made this movie a must-watch for 2013. Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ has given a new approach to movie-making by etching mindless yet convincing comedy with echoes of a social message spun into it.
The film scales its height when alcoholic Harry Mandola played by Pankaj Kapur along with the corrupt minister, Choudhary Devi portrayed by Shabana Azmi, want to position a fertile land in the Government’s special economic zone so that they could build smoke-guzzling factories there. The power-hungry minister and the avaricious Mandola try every possible trick to forcibly seize the poor men’s lands. The farmers fight tooth and nail against the two under the leadership of a mysterious man named, Mao who is referred to as ‘Kissano ka dost’ (friend of the farmers).
Anushka Sharma portrays the character of Bijlee Mandola, who is a spunky 20-something graduate from Oxford. She plays her vivacious character to perfection. She helps Imran Khan, who characterises an educated village boy named Matru with a convincing Hariyanvi accent and rugged looks, to save the farmers land from the evil minister and her father.
If you have ever participated in school plays or read Shakespeare, you will understand the theatrical essence of this movie. The in-built social message that the ‘government is the true representation of the people’ is so clear through Shabana Azmi’s dialogue that she delivers to her son, Raj Babbar. She says that when the people are corrupt then the government is also corrupt. The message goes that, when we are poor and happy, we look out for money, when we have it, we go for power, when power is achieved we push ourselves towards development. It is a movie that one should watch not for the actors or the beautifully etched script or anything else; one should watch it for each of the characters in the film. It says a lot about us, the people of India, our beliefs, our determined and educated youths, our government and our direction-less self in a humour-infused spirit.
Grab a tub of popcorn and watch this movie with your family and friends! It is a must-watch guys, don’t miss it!
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