Thank You Anirban
Onir has so far tried his hands on serious cinema with areas which are Taboo to talk in the society, and less covered in Bollywood. This time, for a change, he is into something light, with a pinch of seriousness.
Navin Mathur (Boman Irani) and Gayatri (Shabana Azmi) stay with their younger son Sid (Sharman Joshi), who is a “kutta-udaaoo” budding scientist in search of the research grant. Gayatri controls the house and the residents. Their elder son Harsh is settled in Mauritius and breaks the news of his marriage taking place there. All are invited and they reach Mauritius. Mother Gayatri in a sarcastic mission of finding faults in the to-be daughter-in-law Aaliya (Chitrangda Singh), who is also a tough nut to crack. Slowly, as the girlie-talks and meetings between Gayatri and Aaliya keep happening, they start bonding well. But as the marriage date approaches, another complication arises. Aaliya, being in relationship with Harsh for a few years, was noticing the cracks in their relationship, partly because of the professional commitments and priorities of Harsh. She and Sid start bonding well and before they could understand - cupid strikes. How this family reacts and then resolves the issue, is the rest of the story.
Onir successfully binds the comic, serious and tragic sequences of the story into a gripping story. The story is high on individual performances, and the casting seems to be apt for the roles. The beauty of Mauritius is very well captured by Sachin Krishn. The dialogues are funny at quite a few places. The scenes between Shabana/Chitrangda, Shabana/Boman, Chitrangda/Sharman and Chitrangda/her friend are interesting and the acting takes them to a higher level. The film loses the grip somewhat in the last 20 minutes and the narrative drags towards the climax. It could’ve handled better.
Performances: Shabana Azmi is in full form here –as the dictator mother, agent not-not-zero and the suspicious to-be mother-in-law, she is wonderful to watch. Un-wigged Boman Irani gives a perfect natural performance with loads of humor. Sanjay Suri is fine in his smaller role. Sharman Joshi also delivers with sincere performance, but may not be a perfect choice for this snatcher’s role. Chitrangda Singh is one of the best things to happen to Bollywood in the recent past, and she returns with a bang in her third venture in the industry. Long innings ahead for her. I wished to see her (or Vidya Balan) in “Khoya Khoya Chand” last year as that would have made the film more real.
Music: Gaurav Dayal’s score is strictly okay. Moreover there is a Rabbi Shergil controversy also attached to it now.