Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013)




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Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana in India, "Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola" is a comedy-drama about Harry Mandola (PANKAJ KAPUR), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (ANUSHKA SHARMA) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry's man friday, Matru (IMRAN KHAN). Much to her father's delight, Bijlee is all set to marry Baadal (ARYA BABBAR), the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi (SHABANA AZMI). This alliance which is far from just being a simple union of two young people becomes the seed for a story that brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola. (c) Fox International
Comedy , Romance
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Imran Khan
as Matru
Anushka Sharma
as Bijlee Mandola
Pankaj Kapur
as Harry Mandola
Shabana Azmi
as Chaudhari Devi
Arya Babbar
as Baadal

Critic Reviews for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Save for a couple of visually engaging dance numbers, mostly shot with hand-held digital cameras, MKBKM is dishearteningly banal.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Judicious editing could have helped consolidate the joyfulness at the expense of occasionally repetitive narrative flab, but for the most part "Matru" is neatly energetic, a mix of screwball whimsy and softball seriousness.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A mix of gently outraged populism and low-powered romantic comedy, Vishal Bhardwaj's "Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola" might have been better with a chunk lopped off its two-and-a-half-hour runtime.

Full Review… | January 13, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

A technically proficient widescreen opus that shifts, jarringly, between a generic love-triangle rom-com, a farcical political black comedy and a preachy message-movie. Some fragmented images and well-played moments leave an impact; most don't.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013

Scattershot romantic comedy about an arranged marriage between an heiress and a politician's son that will ruin several rural farms.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
Film Journal International

A zany satire that will leave you either mesmerised by its brilliance or just a little dazed by it's lunacy.

Full Review… | January 11, 2013
Digital Spy

Audience Reviews for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

One line summary: The corrupt and entitled versus the poor and disenfranchised in rural India. --------------------------------- This starts out in class warfare mode, extremely rich landowner, Harry Mandola, versus indigent farm workers. Bijlee is Harry's daughter. Baadal, the son of one of Harry's political ally Chaudhari Devi, presents her with a dance number complete with Zulu tribes people from South Africa. Matru is one of Harry's trusted workers, but he's a lower class worker. He's not so happy with Bijlee spending so much time with Baadal. To add to the comedy elements, Harry has a history of excessive drinking, and he swears off toward the beginning of the film. Then he gets the DTs (delirium tremens), and starts seeing shocking pink water buffalo and the like. Harry's doctor's receptionist is a large woman who likes to wear pink. There's an ongoing joke in which she is referred to as the pink buffalo. Chaudhari Devi has been a government official for 20 years, and has helped Harry get his way in exchange for this and that. At a party, Harry takes up drinking again. He calls Baadal in idiot, and trusts Matru to keep him from falling. Baadal seems to be Devi's emasculated son; she tells him how to think. Nice. Baadal does, however, come up with the idea of destroying all the farmers' crops with a chemical that is a pesticide at low doses, and an herbide at slightly higher doses. The land grabbers intend to poison the land for years, which will enable them to acquire the farmers' land at much lower costs so that they can do construction instead of farming. How does this play out? Will Bijlee go with Matru, whom she has known for 20 years, or Baadal, whom she has known for 5, mostly at school? How will the movement of the disenfranchised poor versus the rich and corrupt turn out? ------Scores-------- Cinematography: 10/10 Lovely. Sound: 10/10 Very good. Acting: 9/10 Imran Khan was very good. Pankarj Kapur was excellent. Anushka Sharma and Arya Babbar were rather good. Screenplay: 8/10 Frequently funny, often touching. A bit long, though.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins

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