Mere Dad Ki Maruti-one too many in the end! Movie Review
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An out an out comedy film pasted on the background of picturesque Chandigarh, the movie has drawn its inspiration from the 2000 Hollywood film “Dude, Where's My Car?” and features several newcomers, both on screen as well as well as on the sidelines or behind the scenes.
Plot: As the name suggests it is about a new Maruti car, that Chandigarh-based Tej Khullar, (in the effective form of Ram Kapoor), has bought for his daughter’s impending wedding. However, his screen son Sameer portrayed by newcomer Saqib Saleem is forever the good for nothing in the eyes of his father, Tej. Sameer has different ideas and quietly pinches the keys, and is off with the new Maruti to impress his college crush Jasleen, again portrayed by a rank newcomer, Rhea Chakraborty. Sameer seems to have impressed Jasleen and gets drunk in an apparent celebration of his ‘conquest’, but only ends up losing the keys and the car in his inebriated state. It is then that with his best friend Gattu, played by another delectable newcomer Prabal Panjabi, he searches every nook and corner of Chandigarh to locate the Maruti but without success. Not to get caught by his father, Sameer and Gattu strike a deal with a car dealer to buy a stolen car, but end up being nabbed by the police and Sameer has to cool his heels in jail. In desperation, Sameer calls up his sister who sends his fiancée to bail out Sameer. As the climax approaches, the cops locate Sameer’s car, and he drives in for the wedding in the decorated car, as though nothing had happened. But the surprise of surprises - so do Gattu and Jasleen- each in spanking new Marutis. They were each trying to help out Sameer, little knowing that he had already recovered his stolen car. Gattu had won the car in a contest while Jasleen had got hers from a Jat family whom she had helped. The sequence of events runs at a very friendly pace allowing the audience to savour each incident to its full quota of comic content, but at the same time does not drag them into boredom.
Behind the instant appeal of this delightful comedy lies the very natural and free acting of its characters most of whom are brand new youngsters, and bring to their roles a surprisingly happy blend of freshness and spontaneity. Ram Kapoor in his first big appearance on the big screen looks appropriately dictatorial with his portly appearance and proves the ideal counterfoil to the impish youngsters in the film. In fact, the film has been very thoughtfully produced under the alternative banner of YR films of the house of Yash Raj films, and has no pretences to launching a blockbuster, but one that wants to entertain purely through some clean, wholesome comedy.
To this end, the length of the film has been timed to keep up the interest about the series of funny incidents, managed effectively through Antara Lahiri’s editing skills. The dialogues of Ishita Moitra and Neeraj Udhwani are peppy and right in tune with the lingo used by current day Youngistaan.
Verdict: If you are in the mood for comedy then this is the right prescription, neither stretched nor laboured, but just fitting into an appropriately slotted run time.