Star Cast: Annu Kapoor, Om Puri, Ravi Kishan, Sanjai Mishra, Brijendra Kala, Kamlesh Gill, Rahul Bagga and Hrishita Bhatt.
Director: Vinod Kapri
Producer: Crossword Films
Claps For: Performances, Dialogues and Story.
Slaps For: Nothing.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: The story is a social satire about false rape cases in India along with the thought process of people living in the backward rural areas. Tanakpur’s pradhan (head) is a happy man, as his buffalo has won the title of ‘Miss Tanakpur’. But his happiness doesn’t last for a long time as he comes home to find out his young wife Maya is having an affair. What follows next is how he tracks the man and how he entangles him in the false case of raping his buffalo.
Performance: When you have ace actors like Annu Kapoor, Om Puri and Sanjai Mishra, you just don’t have to worry whether the performances will be good or bad! Annu Kapoor as the village head is brilliant and funny who is obsessed with learning English and knows his game very well.
Sanjai Mishra is another actor who completely steals the show with his weird antics and funny one-liners as the village pandit. He can do any kind of role and he proves that once again. His chemistry with Annu Kapoor is amazing.
Ravi Kishan as the right hand of Annu Kapoor is funny too. He delivers dialogues with a different tone and equally owns the scene every time without letting performances of Annu Kapoor and Sanjai Mishra overshadow his.
Om Kapoor is at his comic best as the corrupt police officer and does a good job too.
For Hrishita Bhatt, this movie is surely the one she can proudly include in her CV. She has done a convincing job and still looks so young!
Rahul Bagga has done a good job too. He doesn’t have many dialogues and lets his silence speak for him.
Kamlesh Gill who was previously seen as the grandmother in ‘Vicky Donor’ once again does a good job along with a funny introduction scene.
Brijendra Kala as Arjun’s lawyer could have been utilized even more properly as the man has great talent, but still does a great job here again.
Direction:The last time I saw a funny and realistic village-based satire was ‘Welcome To Sajjanpur’ by Shyam Benegal back in 2008. Vinod Kapri manages the movie really very well. He keeps it short and to-the-point without stretching the matter or making it dramatic. His portrayal of the villagers, their mannerisms and their thinking is so apt. He could have easily taken the route of a typical Bollywood movie by focusing more on the emotional content or the court proceedings. But he keeps it as realistic as possible. Usually, movies with a funny first half and a rather serious second half come across as boring ones, but Kapri makes sure to make the transition smooth and slow keeping the pace of the movie fine! The dialogues are excellent and the characterizations are good. Kudos to him.
Combo-on-Offer: Comedy + Drama
Verdict: We give the film thunderous Claps for being original, funny and realistic along with brilliant performances!