Mere Desh Ki Dharti
This is the weekend of Doctor Strange and The Multiverse Of Madness, who are we even kidding! And while many of you would be flocking the theatres to watch it, there is another hindi film which has had a much quiet release. And with that I finished watching Mere Desh Ki Dharti. To be fair I had bare minimum expectations from it, firstly considering the fact that its trailer wasn’t very exciting enough for me. And secondly, its publicity was just not there so much so that people aren’t aware of this film even existing. Probably a way out should have been a direct OTT release as opposed to a theatrical one. But any which way some part of me felt that the social issue which the makers wanted to address is a relevant one. So then is Mere Desh Ki Dharti worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Mere Desh Ki Dharti follows the story of two engineers whose lives change when fate takes them to a village. The story is relevant to the times which we live in today. It was only recently that we had witnessed a stir of farmers protesting for almost 9 months. The situation of a farmer in a country like India isn’t easy considering the return which he gets as opposed to an investment. The loans if not repayed result in heavy debts and with the viscious cycle on, it unfortunately leads to suicides which is the worst thing. So the messaging in this film is a good one. The screenplay is decently well written as it follows all tropes of a film on a social issue. I quite enjoyed it considering the fact that I had almost no expectations from the film. The first half focussing on lives of engineers in a corporate with a dream of a startup was relatable and also nicely written. The humour is subtle and you would find yourself chuckling every now and then. But the conflict is reserved for the second half and I must admit that there were moments of disconnect here.
The second half is not entirely seamless either with a couple of far fetched and cliched scenes. Probably if the emphasis was on the hardships faced in a little more detail, the film would gave shaped up even better. The obstacles introduced in one scene are resolved in the next scene and that for me took away a bit of the essence from the film. And towards the end, the film got preachy with a small monologue on how youngsters should come together and help the country and the farmers. The messaging is great but the technique should have been a ‘show not tell’ kind. But the writing has its heart in the right place. There are several heartwarming moments which would put a smile on your face even in the second hour. So some of the flaws are overcome by its honest and earnest writing. So overall, a decently well penned screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues by Piyush Mishra are excellent and there is a sense of relatability to them. The music is fairly good although I found a song too many in the narrative. The BGM is decent too. The production design(including its poster) is a bit of a letdown as it gives the viewer an impression that this is a low budget film. Director Faraz Haiderr has done a good job here in managing to hold your attention throughout. His direction hides some of the writing flaws too.
The performances are the highlight of the film for sure. Veterans like Annu Kapoor, Manurishi Chadha, Dalip Tahil, Brijendra Kala and Rajesh Sharma all make their presence felt with sparkling cameos(some extended too). Rutuja Shinde as Shilpa has her moments to shine as does Avantika Khattri as Priyanka. Inaamulhaq as Pappan is top notch with a great sense of comic timing. Anupria Goenka as Jhumki has a charming presence and she does a fabulous job in an affable role. But the show belongs to Divyendu and Anant Vidhaat who shine as Ajay and Sameer respectively. I was the happiest for the latter as finally he is getting some nicely written parts to show his prowess as an actor. Ofcourse the former is quite a natural onscreen and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance too.
Mere Desh Ki Dharti is earnest, sincere and surprisingly good with commendable performances. A good one-time watch. Available in a theatre near you.