With closed cinema halls and a lack of promotions, Amazon Prime has become a go-to for all premiers and launches. And all of us are loving being at home in our comfort zone, watching the delights offered by this wonderful platform. Starring talented actors such as Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurana everyone’s expectation was sky-high. The movie is directed by versatile director Shoojit Sircar and we all are aware of his tremendous filmography – he has given us epic projects like Piku and October.
Weaved in the storyline of old Lucknow the story revolves around Mirza Chunnan Nawab (Bachchan) and one of his tenant’s Baankey (Khurrana). Mirza being the self-proclaimed guardian of a crumbled almost destroyed haveli(Fatima mahal) involves in a daily quarrel with Bankey for not paying the rent with his on spot excuse of “main gareeb hoon”. The movie proceeds interestingly when they both involve in legal ways against each other.
Who succeeds in the end? Chunnan Nawab or Baankey? You will have to watch the movie to find out!
Juhi Chaturvedi has done a great job with the script its sharp, drool-worthy, and mesmerizing. Each character is created with its charisma to convey its story. Shrishti Shrivastava as Ayushmann’s sister Guddo is a scene-stealer with a modern touch and makes us giggle. On-point dialogues mixed with local accent and dialects make you chuckle and leaves a smile on your face. Mirza(Bachchan) sahib’s look summons a great message of realistic approach as opposed to the rich lush family drama’s of contemporary Bollywood.
Bankey’s(Khurana) role lacks depth. The whole burden of taking the movie forward was on Mr. Bachchan. When its Ayushmann we expect something different from the mainstream. The story’s direction had a good approach but the characters were left underdeveloped. After interval movie was just dragged, all together it has a different genre for typical Bollywood fans.
If you like going down into the roots of the theatrical approach of Bollywood then it’s a good example. The slow pace is a hindrance but those who like subtle satires may find it a decent watch. Closer to a reality far from fictional fantasy it’s a good watch in the time of the pandemic.
Based on critic’s rating’s:
Overall : 3.75/5