Horror as a genre has always received and treated with a very foster treatment in Bollywood. Barring a few RGV films (Raat, Bhoot) and a few stray cases here and there, horror doesn’t get the due it should, somehow.
So we have Raj & DK, who gave us our first zombie film a few years ago, write and produce this horror comedy directed by debutante Amar Kaushik.
The film has its eye on details and doesn’t lose focus on it ever. Be it the comic one liners between Aparshakti Khurana & Abhishek Banerjee or the birds and bees explanation, or attempt at it by Atul Srivastava to his young son, Rajkummar Rao. Sumit Arora’s dialogues are sheer magic. You will die laughing at ‘Sex Speare’ and ‘Swayam Sevi’.
The beauty of this well written movie, is its cast and direction. Kaushik uses the real town of Chanderi as a strong character in the films activities, along with brilliant use of camerawork, sombre lighting and an excellent background score by Ketan Sodha. Songs by Sachin Jigar are well timed and add onto the fun of the movie.
One just felt the film on the whole could have been trimmed by around 10 minutes here and there in order to create the urgency of the 4 night saga. But no love lost here.
Seeking love and respect, is the true core of the film’s essence and it couldn’t have been better timed. This film alone is a benchmark on women empowerment…. Kudos to Dinesh Vijan, Raj & DK for backing this film as producers. References by Tripathi like ‘yeh naye Bharat ki chudail hai’ ‘Yes Means Yes’ are clear indications of the society we live and subject our women to endure. The fact that the men start donning sarees to move around town and asking their wives to return home soon as they get ‘scared’ at home alone and cant step out at night alone, shows us what we subject our women to.
The film belongs to its cast and they all do complete justice to it. So Shraddha Kapoor, after a long time, looks and acts her character with such grace, creating an air of suspicion from scene one.
Atul Srivastava as the proud, doting father is very good. Aparshakti is quite a scene stealer, especially when he confronts Vicky about Stree and then returns to tell him, ‘usko yeh mat batana yeh sab Bittu ne kaha tha’. The first half is to a great extent owned by Abhishek Banerjee as Jana. His one liner retorts to Bittu and constant backing of Vicky will have you in splits. He is also blessed with some of the best dialogues in the film, ‘main har baat ki gehrayee main jaakar, uska alankaran karta hoon’ or the simple ‘tum mein prem bhav hi nahi hai’ and few more.
Rajkummar Rao is becoming the new Irrfan, surpassing his earlier references of modern day Naseer. So with every film of his, one expects nothing but the best. And he does not disappoint ever. From the word go, he is in the skin of his character and doesn’t slip once. So be it his talented tailor taking measurements of women by just looking at them, his flabbergasted recital of ‘mor’ in front of Shraddha or the piece de resistance, his rendition of SRK to emote true love….. sheer brilliance is a word I am tired of using for him now…. Will have to buy a new thesaurus.
The film belongs to Pankaj Tripathi post interval. His Rudra bhaiyya, who owns a ‘pustak bhandaar’ and keeps answering to an omnipresent ‘sama’ is nothing but a touch of class. His perfect chemistry with Rao is also evident, with this being their 3rd feature in a year’s time (Bareilly ki Barfi & Newton earlier 2). You not only long for him to come on screen, but whenever he is on screen, your eyes cant leave him.
All in all, don’t waste another minute. Raj & DK have delivered a big one this time and you will be surely silly for missing this.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
RATING : 4/5