Movie: ‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Diljit Dosanjh, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Annu Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa, Vijay Raaz, Supriya Pilgaonkar
Stars: 2.5 out of 5
The stars are somewhat perfectly aligned in the social satire ‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’, as a bunch of talented actors form the backbone of this comedy that sporadically drops and floats.
In the romantic comedy of Abhishek Sharma, set in the mid-1990s in Mumbai, seasoned actor Manoj Bajpayee throws himself into various disguises as a filthy wedding detective, Madhu Mangal Rane, who is a bait to dig up dirt about potential grooms.
The wicked adulterer may not have the outstanding appeal of James Bond, but he has a redemptive complex that is hard to scrape off. The aging bachelor believes that his life mission is to save unsuspecting women and their families from unfit men. But he meets his match as he crosses a sweet dairy spirit Suraj Singh Dhillon (Diljit Dosanjh). Madhu finds incriminating evidence against Suraj and destroys a possible marriage for him, thus earning the wrath of the disgruntled bachelor.
‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’ takes a look at the tradition of regular marriages in India and the obsession of a family to find a ‘cultivated’ (read ambitious) bride.
“Do you know how hard it is these days to find an uneducated daughter-in-law and wife?” notes Suraj’s mother – played effectively by Seema Pahwa.
The film makes you laugh at yourself and the archaic customs adopted by some Indians. But what makes this comedy tick is the engaging and engaging performance of the cast.
If Dosanjh is adorable as a kind-hearted Punjabi, Fatima Sana Shaikh excels in her role as Madhu’s lively sister Tulsi Rane (pronounced as Tursi as a nod to her Maharashtrian roots) who aspires to become a DJ.
Her trusty brother may be an expert at spying on young men and gathering evidence of their blissful habits, but he has no idea what is going on in his own home. He is stubborn and Bajpayee brings life to the film. But it is Dosanjh’s evil deeds that have our hearts. His turn as the giant of a dairy business is just as comforting as the pure ghee (clarified butter) his family sells. It is Dosanjh and Bajpayee’s testament struggle that makes this comedy fascinating.
Shaikh is appropriately charming in her role as a young woman who tends to be reckless with her life. Be warned, however, that the jokes with lactose-fat side have given us heartburn and that the second half is getting tiring with these two men trying to pull each other off.
Some of the twists and turns in the second half may seem forced, but the film has some sparkling moments of easy wit. But what brings the film to life – when the jokes start to flatten – are the effective performances of the supporting cast. Supriya Pilgaonkar as Bajpayee’s sarcastic mother is in the spot. Her oral spat with her son as she mocks his profession and his advancement of his age, falls flat.
While the first half moves fast, the second half is derailed by unwanted narration. But just like a glass of cold milk, the film is strange, but the lard may, in terms of the storyline, prevent you from thoroughly enjoying it. A good flight of certain twists would have sharpened this comedy.
Do not miss it!
‘Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari’ is now available in UAE cinemas.
Source: Gulf News