Anupama Chopra's review: Matru ki bijlee ka mandola

By Hindustan Times

Direction: Vishal Bhardwaj
Actors: Pankaj Kapoor, Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Arya Babbar, Shabana Azmi
Rating: **1/2

A Vishal Bhardwaj film is guaranteed to evoke a strong reaction. You can love it – as I did Maqbool and Kaminey – or dislike it, as I think most people did 7 Khoon Maaf. But you can’t be indifferent. So 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. The film begins with a singularly delectable image – a stretch limousine standing in a field.

Its owner is the superbly drunk Mandola (played by Pankaj Kapoor), a feudal landlord, the undisputed king of a villag