Star cast: Ram Kapoor, Saqib Saleem, Rhea Chakraborty, Prabal Punjabi and Ravi Kishan
Director: Ashima Chibber
What’s Good: The quirky, mad-mad comic elements, the witty dialogues, the sudden break-into-YashRaj-films modes, performances of Prabal Punjabi, Saqib and Ram in the given order!
What’s Bad: The abrupt climax and the emotional flavor towards the end. Few loose ends in the plot.
Loo break: Not really unless you don’t get the humour!
Watch or Not?: Mere Dad Ki Maruti is a typical comic caper but with a contemporary twist. Watch it and rollick in bouts of lot-pot wala laughter.
The no-mard of the Khullar family, Sameer Khullar (Saqib Saleem) is nothing but a no-sense useless brat, tired by the daily miseries caused by his staunch and khadus dad, Tej (Ram Kapoor)! Tej, the DAD, is kanjoos and loves getting things FREE! But there is one wish he needs to fulfill: a Maruti car that he wants to vidaa his soon-to-be-wed-daughter in! The Punjabi wedding, which serves as the perfect backdrop of the perky and crazily dysfunctional family, results in a course of mayhem when Sameer, the ullu da pattha, ponders on a dream date with The Chandigarh di Shakira aka Jasleen (oops, sorry its Jazleen, played by debutante Rhea Chakraborty) and ends up losing his Dad ki Maruti. What follows then is a fight to the finish battle between Sameer’s idiocrasy and intelligence to get back his Dad’s Maruti back on time!
Landing up in a No-Man’s Land, Sameer Khullar, does almost everything: from churaofying someone else’s’ Maruti to taking help from the local goons with a fierce Ravi Kishan pounding his paws upon the happy go lucky Khullar lad. With his BFAM (Brother from another Mother, silly!) Gattu (Prabal Punjabi) and his ladylove Jazzleen by his side, Sameer embarks on his journey from the insane to the insaan. Will Sameer be able to find his Dad’s lost car? Will Sameer and Tej put an end to their volatile baap v/s beta relationship?
Mere Dad Ki Maruti Review: Script Analysis
The script deserves double thumbs up for the beautifully penned and astonishingly witty one-liners used. From the deliberate references to the DDLJ or the Chak De India and the other YRF encounters, the dialogues serve as the flawless ingredient in this brouhaha of things gone worse! The plot is refreshingly new and the usual predictable story is infused life with a powerful narrative. Characters are relatively well sketched and appealing to all ages. The dialogues like the famous ‘sattar minute’ from Chak de revamped with the youth and you guessed it right, the Maruti feel deserves an applause. But what stole all the ceetee was definitely that one line mouthed by Gattu, which stood out as the perfect solution to all problems: ‘iamsrk ko tweet karke bolte hai aapne followers ko bole 1 rupae karke donate karne ke liye. 25 lakh toh waise hi aa jayenge’. But the climax scene involving too much of tear-jerking and sensitivity surely puts you through an unwanted emotional wringer, which could have well been avoided. Plus, the climax is a little too abrupt!
Mere Dad Ki Maruti Review: Star Performances
Playing the temperamental and always screaming Punjabi dad with aplomb and panache, Ram Kapoor definitely deserves a lot more, given his excellent ability to emote. The switch-over towards the climax is simply breathtaking.
Saqib Saleem as Sameer Khullar adds to the perfect mix of dumbness and wit and is a sure winner. Rhea Chakraborty, effortlessly plays the dumb and self obsessed bimbette Jasleen with the much needed doltishness which is just on the levels of getting irritating, but she stops at the right juncture. Nevertheless, Rhea in her neon salwar suits, lehngas and the infamous short tees and hot pants tries to do an Anushka Sharma, sans the immense acting consort that our Akira is profound of.
Coming to the supporting cast which balances this mad cap family caper oh-so-brilliantly, it is Prabal Punjabi and his terrific timing that keeps you on the edge of your seats, LOL-ing around! He sure gets the best lines and the chemistry between the two brothers seem to shade out the dull chemistry between the lead pair. Ravi Kishan as the no-nonsense goon is okayish.
Mere Dad Ki Maruti Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
Ashima Chibber, with her first time venture appeals to a huge plethora of audience and it is her narrative story telling that rules the entire film. She brings an increasing amount of inventiveness and viridity in her direction, which takes the story to an all time high. At just about two hours, Antara Lahiri’s editing comes as a rescue but it is Adil Afsar’s brilliant cinematography that captures the Punjabi thaat with convinced transcendence.
The music of the film is already creating a buzz with Punjabiyan Di Battery ruling charts. But the rest of the songs from the album are just okayish and a little too outlandish at times! Sachin Gupta’s music is good but not something masterly
Mere Dad Ki Maruti Review: The Last Word
Mere Dad Ki Maruti is just another really well made small budgeted film that tickles your funny bones, breaking you down into fits of unforced giggles and laughter! Give your popcorn a miss and enjoy this mad cap comic caper as it will be worth your time and money! Waste feil gayi, yaar!
Mere Dad Ki Maruti Trailer
Mere Dad Ki Maruti released on 15th March, 2013.
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