Is Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola worth a watch?

This New Year started with the big release of “Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola”. It is a Vishal Bhardwaj film, which delves on comedy and has a strong political background. The film stars Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma and Pankaj Kapur as the film’s lead stars. It released on the 11th of January, and despite huge expectations from the filmmaker the weak script made the film falter at the box-office.

The humor of the film is unconventional and witty and not the usual ‘leave-your-brains-at home’ kind of comedy. It is the political scenario depicted in the film that is made fun of, hence making it quiet unusual and sharp.

The film deals with Vishal Bhardwaj’s usual set-up of the rural scenario. His films have always uplifted the idiosyncrasies of rural people, this time around UP, and have given it an unusual treatment.

Imran has worked hard to get into the skin of his character. His changed looks, grasp of Haryanvi dialect and an unconventional role helps him eschew his romantic hero image. This film promises to do that what it did to Saif and Kareena with “Omkara”. Anushka on the other hand, has been able to handle her complex character. It has many layers and she has been able to express it well. She can now be said to have grown into a fine actor.

Pankaj Kapur is the experienced and most talented in the lot. He has got the most boisterous character in the film which he has been able to etch out perfectly. His performance in the film has been top-notch for which he has been garnering praise and adulation.

Arya Babbar gets a laughable role in the film and gets his comic-timing correct. Shabana Azmi too has a strong character in the film of that of a power-hungry political leader. She performs with élan and finesse and gives the audience a spectacular performance.

The film’s first half is unable to arrest the attention of the audiences. The latter half has sparks of humor and is fast-paced that makes the film at least watchable.

This film is Bharadwaj’s first try at comedy and it definitely has some terrific high points, but it only lacks consistency.

Taran Adarsh, who is a renowned film-critic said, “On the whole, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola holds your attention in parts, but that's not enough. The first half is lackluster, while the post-interval part catches some steam. However, the excessive length plays a spoilsport. Below expectations!”.