Fakt Mahilao Maate
Onto the next release of the weekend and I did have some bandwidth for another theatrical release. And with that I finished watching the new Gujarati film Fakt Mahilao Maate which in its second week and going strong. It was the glowing word of mouth that made me visit a theatre near me to watch this film. Things were relatively easier as I didn’t really have to search for shows with English subtitles as my mother tongue is Gujarati. To top it, this was a comedy and I desperately needed a film to drown my sorrow while watching Liger. Some part of me was skeptical given that my last Gujarati film in a theatre, Dear Father wasn’t quite a pleasant experience. It was filled with cliches and over dramatized, something that I was weary of even here. So then does Fakt Mahilao Maate manage to provide a heartfelt laughter, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Fakt Mahilao Maate follows the story of the protagonist who gets a superpower of hearing the inner voices of women. The story right at its concept level is a winner. I for one would love this superpower as well, lets admit it we all would. But more importantly, hearing and understanding are two different concepts, something which the film addresses successfully. The screenplay of about 135 minutes is about the ideal length for this film which is an absolute laugh riot.
The drama though opens on a slight wobbly note wherein it took me atleast 10 minutes to settle into the drama. Perhaps the world building was at fault here with multiple tracks in the story being introduced through the various characters. But soon the film does find its groove as you start to understand the dynamics between the protagonist and the characters around him. This formulates some of the most hilarious moments in the film.
What the writing does well here is that it doesn’t seem rushed and addresses the minor issues related to the protagonist in a hilarious yet organic manner. The twist in the tale is introduced almost 40 minutes into the film which makes for an even more hilarious ride and added confusion. I have often seen the writing getting dramatic from such nicely setup situations. But here the drama is nice and breezy with some well integrated plot points in the narrative.
There are nicely woven heartfelt moments too in the screenplay. The multiple subplots are interesting and definitely keep you invested. On the slight downside, things in the second hour does get a tad too repetitive but it is the humour that stays intact and true to the film. The drama does get slightly dramatic towards the final act but then smartly lightens the mood almost immediately making for a fun filled viewing. Overall, the screenplay is light and breezy packed with many moments of laughter.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are hilarious and I found myself laughing at so many witty one-liners and hysterically so! The music is catchy and uplifts your mood instantly. The BGM is decently good and adequate to the screenplay. The cinematography is decent as well, the editing is slightly choppy but the writing does make up for it. Director Jay Bodas does a brilliant job in treating comedy as a comedy without integrating too many dramatic moments. His direction maintains a grip on the drama and keeps you invested throughout.
The performances are really good here. Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo adds a lot of star value to the film. Likewise for Dhara Jani and Aarti Rajput who make their presence felt. Mamtaa Bhavvsar has her moments to shine. Vaishalh Ratnaben and Chetan Daiya are pretty good. Om Bhatt and Deep Vaidya are blessed with a great sense of comic timing and they are stupendous here. Bhavini Jani as Baa is hilarious and I absolutely enjoyed her act. Kalpana Gagdekar as mummy contributes to some heartfelt moments especially towards the end so well. Tarjanee Bhadla as Meghna is such a natural on screen with a nicely layered character and she does a stupendous job. Deeksha Joshi as Sneha has such a charming presence and she is well restrained here backed by a fabulous act. Yash Soni as Chintan is excellent to watch here. He excels in comedy as well as in dramatic scenes and maintains the tempo of the drama through his consistently brilliant act.
Fakt Mahilao Maate is a hilariously enjoyable family entertainer that is well worth your time. Available in a theatre near you.