In Hollywood making a film based on popular TV shows, Video games, comic characters, Radio shows, fairy tales, etc has been a common feature which has been going on since decades. Sadly out here, we never had something on this front, The only 2 references I remember are of a Radio Show named Inspector Eagle been made in a movie starring Sanjeev Kumar, which was a super duper flop. Also, the main lead characters (Shafi Inamdar, Swaroop Sampat, Rakesh Bedi) of Ye jo hai Zindagi serial, appeared as same characters but in a comic track in the film Jaan ki Baazi which went unnoticed. Maybe few more might have appeared in blink & miss roles, but as said nothing BIG ever happened out here. We had various opportunities like Nukkad, Ye jo hai Zindagi, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Office Office, Fauji, & many more but still nothing happened. As they say, everything has a time. And out here the debut is by popular comedy TV serial, Khichdi being adapted in a movie format. Let’s find out how it fares.
There is hardly any story in this film & this is a major flaw in the film. But, then the screenplay & dialogues are superb & keeps you entertained with the one-liners throughout the film. All the one liners of the characters like “Praful tu toh gadha hai”, “Babuji, Important kya hai”, “Hallo, How are, Khaana khaake jaana”, “ Hailot”, “Bade log, Bade log”, “Ae Bapu”, “Chai laa rahe ho ya bahar se mangau”, “World Best”, etc make the characters total lively. Also, some great hilarious scenes like God coming to their home to distribute intelligence, The mourning ceremony where prayers are in form of Beedi Jalai Le & Bheege honth tere, Parminder-Himanshu’s first lovey-dovey foodie talks, Farah Khan directing the family in a film, Parekh family in the hospital, The whole anti-climax in the courtroom & many more. But the moment, the humour of one liners stops you suddenly feel that you are watching a low budget movie on a Big screen & at times the movie drags too. Some moments turn out too loud, Not to mention , the bad Background Music spoils the fun, but the moment you think about the negative points there is some or other gag happening on Big screen that u forget the flaws & start enjoying the characters with their madness.Camera work is average and could have been much better. The production values are low & the hangover of TV still reflects on the big screen. Barring the bad background score, the Bhosale market song goes very well with the film’s mood. Writer-director Aatish Kapadia is known for his Gujarati dramas & later for his Super hit TV serials. He is one of the most important & positive reasons for this film due to his super characterisation & one liners . Some one liners are witty, and some are total time pass but in the end, it all makes you smile. Sadly this cannot be said on the direction side as he had a great opportunity to make this film a classic film, which gets missed somewhere maybe due to lack of story. But all this, does not take away the merits from Aatish for his debut attempt which succeeds majorly due to its characters one-liners. We hope his next attempt of Khichdi-2 or Sarabhai vs Sarabahi might not lack anywhere & will be total classic laugh pots.
In this film, the characters over shine the actors who played them. Best of all are of course Praful (Rajeev Mehta) & Hansa (Supriya Pathak). All the scenes between them are total hilarious, not to forget Praful’s explanation to Hansa for English words like Culture, Order, or Compare. Followed by Babuji (Anang Desai) with Jayashree & Himanshu (J D) The cameos by Deven Bhojwani, Satish Shah, Farah Khan and few more are great.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Dum hai kaafi dum hain, But I guess majorly for the one’s who have loved the TV show. This movie will remind the old viewers all the best episodes & will get acclimatised immediately with the characters of the film. For rest, they might be bit loud or some might even feel what they are doing in this mad film. But even if you have not seen the TV serial, there will be many scenes & one liners which will make u laugh. People who are expecting some serious or intellectual comedy in this film might be disappointed as for them this might be just a bland food, but for others this one will be a total masaleedar treat.
Ratings - 3.5