Here are the reviews for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Shabana Azmi, Arya Babbar
Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
In the run-up to its release, I had been quizzed on Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’. A lot. What kind of name is thats Exactly what does it means And I put on a quizzical expression and shrugged. With Vishal Bharadwaj, who knows. Anything is possible, particularly when the film includes a most unusual, triple- barreled monicker, constructed to intrigue.
Half-way in to the film, I was still attempting to figure, because nothing about this till then suggested a signature Bharadwaj film. The setting is extremely him : small town, North India, shifting with this one from his favorite hot-spots in western Up to and including Haryana small-town. But the tone is new for him: he’s gone folksy-serio-bizarre here with seriously mixed results. Pre-interval, it’s a meander, with a bunch of characters wandering around searching of a story, and situations designed to induce hilarity which fall flat. Post which, fortunately for him, and us, he discovers the ‘sur’ he’s been targeting, and ‘Matru’, wherein you can actually see some of the theatre turning appropriately absurd.
Come, meet his characters. Matru (Khan) is really a strapping Jat lad, handlebar mooch, aviator glasses , fat Bullet fatfati between his thighs. Mandola (Kapur) is really a heavyweight land-cum-haveli owner, who loves the bottle above all else, and whose blood-shot eyes cause him to oddly- coloured four-legged animals . And Bijlee (Sharma) is his pretty daughter, going to be affianced to a power-hungry female politician’s (Azmi) hanger-on-of-a-son (Babbar).