Less of Comedy, more of bizarre
Sanjay Chhel is a well-known writer, famous for his eccentric sense of humour. He has penned many films which have a different style of comedy. With His latest offering Maan Gaye Mughal-e-azam, He promised a Black comedy that will also make us think. This verdict by him certainly raised the expectations. And must I say, One is hugely disappointed at the end of it all.
Maan Gaye Mughal-e-azam is a story webbed around the Mumbai blasts that happened in 1993. Uday Shankar (Paresh rawal), his wife Shabana (Mallika Sherawat), and a few other people are a bunch of self-centred actors who run a drama company to make the society aware of the reality through their plays. However, They are forced to re-do the play of ‘Mughal-e-azam’ due to the commercial failure of their plays and also because of pressure from everyone around. How they get involved in a mission to save the country from the blasts forms the crux of the story.
Sanjay Chhel wanted to do a madcap comedy with a tinge of black humour, and that’s obvious from the first scene itself. He paraphrases Charlie chaplin’s views about Comedy, and then relates to it the Mumbai Blasts that happened in 1993. There are a couple of funny scenes very well enacted by all the actors, which do manage to coax a few laughs from us. But as the Film progresses, it veers into too many sub-plots that spoil the fun. To spoil the mood further, We have a song cropping up from no where at regular intervals. Post-interval, The situations are just not funny et al and the comedy seems tedious and a bit weird too, as The writers have tried to bring some comedy in serious scenes too. By the time the film ends, You are left wondering what the Director wanted to convey, considering it was supposed to be a satire also.
If the film works to some extent, Its because of the hugely capable ensemble cast that The director has managed to bring together. Paresh Rawal is a bit repetitive, but very good overall. Kay Kay Menon is simply marvellous, while Mallik Sherawat is just fine. Surprisingly, Rahul Bose is given the weakest role of them all with hardly any scope for comedy or one-liners. He still manages to do well, thanks to his impeccable comic timing. Pavan Malhotra is a bit over-the-top but fine overall.
Technically, The film has nothing much to boast about. The dubbing was really out-of-sync in many scenes, as We can clearly see The actors' lips moving differently from the dialogues which was really off-putting. Camera-work was adept however.
All and all, Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam is a big-time disappointment, owing to its lousy script and bizarre treatment. Nice acting and a few hilarious moments is all you can carry after the reels have run out.
Ratings – 2