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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Review

MKBKM Rating: 2.82/5

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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Movie Review

Ratings:4/5 MKBKM Review By: Rajeev Masand  Site: CNN IBN (IBNLive)

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola might well be described as Bhardwaj’s holiday movie – a mad story with crazy characters – but fortunately for us, even in a light mood, the director can be counted on to say interesting things. This outrageous comedy after all shows little concern for our health as it delivers laugh after side-splitting laugh. Returning to form after the disappointing Saat Khoon Maaf, Vishal Bhardwaj gives us a film that’s enjoyable and relevant in equal measure. I’m going with four out of five for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. The year’s first gem has arrived – don’t miss it!

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh  Site: Bollywood Hungama

MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA is definitely not Vishal’s best work, though the master touch is evident in several sequences. The story barely moves in the first hour; there are stretches when the account begins to blur. Thankfully, the sequence of events and some exceptional moments in the post-interval portions save the film from tripping. At the same time, I wish to add that the film could’ve done with some judicious trimming for a stronger impact. It’s way too lengthy! On the whole, MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA holds your attention in parts, but that’s not enough. The first half is lackluster, while the post-interval part catches some steam. However, the excessive length plays a spoilsport. Below expectations!

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra  Site: Star World ( Hindustan Times)

I am a little disappointed to report that Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola didn’t stir up any keen emotions in me. Parts of the film soar but many are saggy and ultimately I was just underwhelmed. It’s ambitious but also indulgent and inconsistent in tone, making the film a jerky ride. Some stretches are clunky, but just when you’re starting to get restless a terrific scene grabs you. It’s an exciting transformation. Despite this, Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola feels like a puzzle in which all the pieces don’t fit. Its idiosyncrasies are both its strength and its undoing.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das  Site: Times of India (TOI)

But here’s my angst – this movie could have been so much more. Like champagne gone flat, the film’s left lying about for too late, its plot meandering everywhere (including a plane ride through moon-lit clouds, ending in a Maoist meeting), the director so determined to have fun that often, the viewer doesn’t. Sure, there are hilarious moments involving pink buffaloes and deep wells, Shakespeare and Sheila Dixit, even a laal rang ka kachcha, and it’s all very clever – but where’s the self-control? With its intellectual foundation and dramatic potential, MKBKM needed disciplined direction, not wandering shots, predictable banter or dull crudity.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahta  Site: ETC

Vishal Bhardwaj’s dialogues are good and evoke laughter. But they are also meant more for the gentry audience. The comedy in the film will appeal to one small section of the audience only. Here, it must be mentioned that while a very few comic punches are mass-oriented, most of them are of the kind which will find favour with only the classes. For instance, every reference to Mao Tse Tung and related jokes are very class-appealing and will not be comprehended by the masses.On the whole, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola entertains only in parts. It is otherwise lengthy and boring and will, therefore, fail to make its mark at the box-office. Losing.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Raja Sen  Site: Rediff

It’s theatrical, insightful, wickedly clever and, often, too funny to even laugh at, if you know what I mean. It is also, as may be apparent, an utterly random movie, sometimes jarringly uneven and frequently meandering. And yet it works, because it is, at every single step, unexpected and surprising.This film swings with two sultans, each spurring the other on toward a sillier spectacle, a sight of grand lunacy. Laced with both acid and arsenic, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It takes a while to get into its groove, but changes gears with spectacular finesse after that.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee  Site: NDTV

It is a wild, wacky, wicked satire that carries the unmistakable Vishal Bhardwaj signature. But it leaves you with mixed feelings. It isn’t a big, bloated blockbuster wannabe. It has its daring share of moments that defy popular expectations. Despite the uneven quality of the ambitious narrative, Bhardwaj packs in just about enough quirky energy to make Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola generally watchable. Few filmmakers in Mumbai engage with ideas and issues of contemporary relevance as felicitously as Bhardwaj. He might have fallen short this time around, but even when he is not at his best, he is infinitely better than most in the business.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta  Site: Indian Express

Once the director gets to the point, we realize it’s a very meat-and-potatoes kind of story, the most meat-and-potatoes Bharadwaj has been, despite the weird contrivances he includes in the telling of it. The conflict is the familiar poor `kisaan’ vs rapacious overlords, and true love vs forced alliances, and how education save our souls, shot through in some parts with the sort of VB flourish that make his films such delights. But he makes us wait for the good bits, does Bharadwaj, and by then we’ve nearly fallen asleep.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Kanika Sikka  Site:DNA

Ten minutes before the ending of the first half (which is mighty slow), the movie is still trying to set the plot. Just before the interval, there’s a twist (not like you couldn’t guess it) and during the break, you wonder what the movie is trying to show. This confusion is carried on till the end of the second half, in which, characters appear and disappear conveniently. At the end of it, even though they had worthy intentions, I doubt the filmmakers knew what exactly they wanted to portray through their various characters. Watch the film for Pankaj Kapoor and Shabana Azmi and some fun that the duo bring about. But don’t expect too much out of it. Final warning: Bharadwaj fans, stay away from this one.

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Ratings:3/5  Review By: Roshni Devi  Site: Koimoi

What’s Good: The funny bits; the Haryanvi setting; Gulabo’s appearances; Pankaj Kapur’s act. What’s Bad: The slow first half; the undecipherable parts of Pankaj Kapur’s speech; Imran Khan’s lack of rustic charm. Loo break: A few before the interval. Watch or Not?: Watch it for a nice dose of rustic comedy!

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By: Nabanita Roy  Site: OneIndia

MKBKM is a comedy-drama that revolves around three zany characters. Bharadwaj does a clean job by creating some peculiar lead characters and placing them in whacky, quirky situations. On the whole, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is gripping and funny so far. We hope Bharadwaj does a justice till the end.

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Ratings:–  Review By: Sneha May Francis  Site: EMIRATES 24/7

‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ takes us into a whirlwind journey that’s incredibly crafted, brilliantly textured, and lusciously witted. The narrative never loses focus, and plods along with effortless ease and impeccable finesse. Each situation is created with utmost sincerity and each line is written with tremendous delight.

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By: Latika Payak  Site: BollywoodLife

So if you have an option of watching the movie at a theatre or waiting for it to premiere on television, we suggest you choose the second. Trust us, you won’t be missing out on anything.And one message for Vishal Bhardwaj as we sign off – you can do better!

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