Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari
The lockdown has a lasting impact on all the theatres which were closed for almost 9 months. The period that saw a surge in the OTT content had very little takers for the silver screen once they reopened. But one of the few new films that released post the lockdown was Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari. Now I did not venture out at that point but I have now got my chance to watch it, now that it has premiered on Zee5. Does it tickle your funny bone, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari is the story of Suraj who looks to take revenge on Mangal for breaking his marriage to be. There are further complications when he falls in love with Mangal’s sister. The story had all the ingredients for a mad comic caper. Alas it is the screenplay that is bit of a letdown. The main issue with it is the inconsistent pacing. While the first half has its moments, some of which will make you smile too, the humour dries up in the second hour. Not only that, the pace drops due to which it becomes a tad boring. I also had an issue with the motive of a few characters that seemed a bit confused. Also the setup of the 1990s didn’t really add value to the screenplay. On the positive front, the Marathi and Punjabi cultures are portrayed very well and they are a treat to watch.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are decent, some are pretty good while others are ordinary. Music is good here, BGM is alright. Director Abhishek Sharma again had a good subject to play with but his direction just misses the mark. It is mediocre at best.
The ensemble cast save the day to an extent. Talented actors like Vijay Raaz, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Annu Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa and Seema Pahwa all shine in a cameo. Neha Pendse as Kavya is also pretty good. Manuj Sharma as Sukhi is a delight to watch. Neeraj Sood as Panditji does tickle your funny bone. Fatima Sana Shaikh as Tulsi looks gorgeous and has done an excellent job. Manoj Bajpayee as Madhu Mangal Rane is good though his character is not well etched out and seems a bit confused. Diljit Dosanjh as Suraj is extremely likable and has his comic timing on point.
Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari has some good performances but its half baked writing brings the overall movie down. Available on Zee5.