With three movies releasing this week, “Milan Talkies”, “Photograph” and “Mere Pyare Prime Minister”, Bollywood has proved that how diversity in stories has become important. The three movies belong to different genres and are low budgeted. Their headways at the box office will be a quite interesting thing to watch as on the first day, the three movies together earned ₹ 2 crore.
From Nawazuddin to Anjali Patil, all stars have put their great deal of endurance to make these projects successful at the box office.
The movie must be about “unconventional romance” as it has been directed by Ritesh Batra. Starring Nawaz and Sanya in the lead roles, the actors have delivered solid performances in the movie. Rafiq (Nawaz), who is playing the role of a photographer falls in love with Miloni (Sanya), who is a chartered accountant student. The plot of the movie is highly unusual. Clicking tourists and saving their memories in a form of picture is Rafiq’s profession. Rafiq, everyday gets taunts from her grandmother about finding a life partner. He is looking for a solution to escape himself from her gibes. And, on one day, he finds Miloni on the roads of Mumbai and requests her to pose for a photograph and Miloni herself wants to abscond from her colorless life. So, she agrees to sympathize with Rafiq and entertains his grandmother. And, like all Bollywood movies, they also start falling for each other.
The script is good but the direction is not like it should have been.
Batra’s last venture, Lunchbox became a super duper hit at the box office. But this, time he fails to deliver that unwanted love through his direction. However, as said earlier, the actors have done justice to the roles, undoubtedly.
The film deserves only 2.5 Keedas.
2. Milan Talkies
Scripted by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Milan Talkies is a funny, excited and romantic. Anu’s (Ali Faisal) life takes a reshape after he meets Maithi (Shraddha Srinath). The boy in the film dreams of becoming the famous film director. The boy’s profession is to run a gang that help students in cheating. Ali Faisal’s role in this movie reminds me of Guddu Bhayia of Mirzapur. His tonality, his accent, his looks, all have been inspired from Mirzapur’s Guddu Bhayia.
Whereas on other hand, Shraddha Srinath, is making her Bollywood debut with this movie. She wants to get married as soon as possible but getting failed in the graduation exams year after year, is what becoming a hassle in her dream. She meets Anu and Anu decides to help her cheat in her exams. They then fall in love and attempt to elope.
The film a few times veers off and quite a bit dragged one. Hence 2 Keedas only!
3. Mere Pyare Prime Minister
The first time in Bollywood, you would watch a 8 year old son, fighting for his mother. The plot of the story revolves around a rape incident. Anjali Patil (Sargam: The Boy’s Mother, a national film awardee,) and Om Kannojiya (Kanhayia, also known as Kannu) are in the lead roles. The film shows the reality of slum areas. Directed by none other than, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the movie has a muscular script. The film talks about the significance of building toilets in slum areas. Akshay Kumar starrer, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, was based on the similar subject. However, this movie has something in contrast to offer. Shree Narayan Singh in Toilet, on one hand, showcases a love story whereas, Rakeysh in Mere Pyare Prime Minister, manifests the same subject through a mother-son duo.
The mother of the protagonist, Sargam (Anjali), goes out for open defecation and gets raped. The son decides to fight for his own mother. He writes a letter and travels to Delhi from Mumbai to hand over the letter to the PM in person.
The script is powerful. The actors have delivered their best of best performances. It was a treat to watch this movie. Yet, there are some things that the director has missed out. For instance, he would have made the journey from Delhi to Mumbai quite exciting, but he failed in that.
3 Keedas for the superb screenplay!