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MLA  (2012 - Hindi)

MLA movie review, and MLA critics rating, comments on MLA

MLA cumulative rating: 1.45 out of 51.45/5 (43 users)

My Rating

  • Not bad

    MLA rating: 4 out of 10(Priyanka wrote on 25 May 2012)

    Story: The film talks about a village called Bhaglipur in Madhya Pradesh. Kamal Kushwaha (Chaitanya Naidu), an Industrialist from the same village is trying to generate employment by starting a milk factory for the villagers. To encash on the industrialist’s goodwill with locals, the sitting MLA of the district befriends him. What emerges in the end is the betrayal towards the common man. Will the common man be able to change his fate by voting for the right person? Or will it lead to yet another incident of exploitation of the weak?

    Story Treatment: MLA has everything- a typical Bollywood politician, who can kill anyone for his power, an archetypal corrupt cop and a brutally honest businessman. The story has nothing new to offer, but the treatment is impressive in patches. However, an extremely predictable tale takes away the chance of creating some breathtaking moments.

    Star Cast: Mukesh Tiwari is brilliant and sharp as a cruel politician. Onkar Das Manikpuri reminds us of his rural character from Peepli Live and plays his part well in MLA. Chaitanya Naidu as a businessman with power and money looks dull and in parts, fails to carry an impactful character like KK. Ana Kanandadze as a caring girlfriend is upright. Pankaj Tripathi as Sukhiram is brilliant. Deep Raj Rana has done justice to his small yet pivotal part. Krishna Srivastava leaves an impact as a heartless cop.

    Direction: Shiv Dube wins brownie points for the gripping direction to a beaten-to-death kind of story. However, predictable twists and turns make the film a dull affair. The fact that it has nothing new to offer is the biggest drawback of the film, but the director has tried to induce few good moments as he makes his star cast perform.

    Dialogues/cinematography/music: Dialogues are impactful, as they showcasethe rural background with an influence of politics. Cinematography acts a foil for the direction. Music gets less scope.

    Ups and downs: No big stars and a tremendously predictable story prove to be the biggest setbacks for the film. Gripping moments and beautiful interiors of the country are things that'll hold your attention.

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