Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola is one of the silliest films I've seen in a long time. If this is Vishal Bhardwaj's idea of Commy-Entertainment then thank you very much and get over the Gulabo that you must have been guzzling on through the making of this waste of a film. Ironically, Pankaj Kapoor is brilliant in this boring drab film that effortlessly lulls you to sleep. Obviously Vishal loves Kapoor and he has kept some of the best moments reserved for one of the most under praised actors in Indian cinema.
Matru is another Chakravyuh with the colour red ruling the roost. The sad plight of the farmers, the forced land acquisition, the wily politician (Shabana Azmi makes villainy look so sexy), the marriage of mutual benefit and a world of never ending hallucinations that murders your patience endlessly. Now, with all the good intentions in place, all that the marketing machinery harped upon was Anushka Sharma's 'Dekho Magar Pyaar Se' undies and kachcha banyan dialoguebaazi. Yes Imran and Anushka give kissing-on-screen believability as its devoid of inhibitions. Obviously the makers must be hoping that the 'masses' will help them salvage the weekend through these sleaze-tricks.
The biggest shortcoming of MKBKM is an absolute lack of entertainment. You are promised great music in a Vishal Bharadwaj film but that's shockingly missing out here. Except for the title track, none of the songs work. Khamakha is nice but then it meanders into an abstract boring territory. Oye Boy Charlie is just about Ok. Vishal's weird fixation with Africans continues. What's the big idea mate?
I can go on and on dissecting and tearing apart the film but it's a waste of time. This movie is having no direction and it's surely not going anywhere. Don't bother.
Star Rating: * (Only for Pankaj Kapoor)