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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

CBFC Rating: U/A

Runtime: 2 hours 40 minutes (160 minutes)

Rated U/A for moderate language and violence.

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musicals

Ambitious

But

Inconsistent

Story.

Watch

It

For

Pankaj

Kapur.

2.5 out of 5

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Review

What's Good:
Pankaj Kapur's performance, rustic plot and comedy.
What's Bad:
Slow first half, some confusing haryanvi accents and lack of story.
Verdict:
Fails to deliver a substantial story.
Watch or Not:
Watch it only for Pankaj Kapur and some light hearted comedy.

Audience Ratings for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

54.0%
499 Ratings
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Plot Summary

Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is a comedy-drama about Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapoor), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry's man Friday, Matru (Imran Khan). Much to her father's delight, Bijlee is all set to marry Baadal (Aarya Babbar), the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi (Shabana Aami). This alliance which is far from just being a simple union of two young people becomes the seed for a story that brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.

Critics Reviews for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

47 Critics like this movie.
Reviews Counted: 17 | Positive Review: 8 | Negative Review: 9 | Average Rating: 2.8/5

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 – like Chaudhari Devi's creepily mesmerising monologue on why corruption is essential. Azmi is wonderful, as is Kapoor, who manages to be, in equal parts, childlike, endearing and nasty. But the big surprise is Imran Khan, who sheds his urban, chocolate boy baggage. 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.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Anupama Chopra
Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times

This outrageous comedy after shows little concern for our health as it delivers laugh after side-splitting laugh. 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. The year's first gem has arrived - don't miss it!
Critic Score: 4/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Rajeev Masand
Rajeev Masand
CNN IBN

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola starts off on a promising note but falters towards the end. At times, the film is hilarious, and reminds you how much fun Bollywood cinema can be, and at other times, it is dull, disappointing, and quite annoying. Bhardwaj brings high energy to some parts of the film. As always his musical compositions and background score are delightful. But his storytelling skills are not well-honed here. So, unfortunately, MKBKM does not deliver all that it promises.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Aseem Chhabra
Aseem Chhabra
Rediff.com

With its Trilbys and tractors, malls and Maoism, its stretch limo and smart-boy! lines, MKBKM could have been such a fun ride. But sadly, director ka bhi man dola, rather too often. Like champagne gone flat, the film's left lying about for too late, its plot meandering everywhere.
Critic Score: 3/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Srijana Mitra Das
Srijana Mitra Das
Times Of India

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. And no matter the slight niggles: this is a film that goes far out on a limb, and gives us both bedlam and nuances, enough to warrant repeated viewings. And more than enough to love. Oh boy oh boy indeed.
Critic Score: 4/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Raja Sen
Raja Sen
Rediff.com

The film passed me by in the first hour. It enticed me back again in the second half. But not enough to make me forget the inert prologue, which is minus drama, which is Bhardawaj’s true forte. Iss Matru aur uski Bijlee se mann kam dola.
Critic Score: 2/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Shubhra Gupta
Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

Empty political posturing, contrived humour, little depth or honesty, and a few masterful scenes. Its ambition to reach out to the big picture derails Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola. In overreaching, Bhardwaj ends up underplaying his characters. You feel little for them. When a story tries too hard, you can’t laugh or marvel at it; you forget it.

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Sanjukta Sharma
Sanjukta Sharma
Mint-Wall Street Journal

With the quirky title that it is bestowed with, ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ befits the category of a rustic comic caper. Sure, it does that but only in bits and pieces. There is nothing out-of-the-box in ‘Matru Ki Bijee Ka Mandola’ except the Gulabi Bhains and honestly you won’t miss out on anything even if you give this film a miss!
Critic Score: 2/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Resham Sengar
Resham Sengar
Zee News

It isn’t a big, bloated blockbuster wannabe. It has its daring share of moments that defy popular expectations. It is a spirited comedy that has its heart in the right place. It has something to say about what is going on in this country in the guise of a skewed development model in which farmers thirst for electricity to irrigate their land while humongous shopping malls a few kilometers away glitter all day long. 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. A director who does not fear failure merits our support.
Critic Score: 3/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Saibal Chatterjee
Saibal Chatterjee
NDTV

Save for a couple of visually engaging dance numbers, mostly shot with hand-held digital cameras, MKBKM is dishearteningly banal.

January 15, 2013 Full Review
Simon Abrams
Village Voice

Judicious editing could have helped consolidate the joyfulness at the expense of occasionally repetitive narrative flab, but for the most part "Matru" is neatly energetic, a mix of screwball whimsy and softball seriousness.
Critic Score: 3/5

January 15, 2013 Full Review
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A mix of gently outraged populism and low-powered romantic comedy, Vishal Bhardwaj's "Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola" might have been better with a chunk lopped off its two-and-a-half-hour runtime.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

January 13, 2013 Full Review
Rachel Saltz
Rachel Saltz
New York Times

The star of the film is undoubtedly Pankaj Kapur. As Mandola, he is quirky, feisty and energetic and overshadows both young actors with the sheer energy he brings to the screen. "Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola" is a disappointing film, one that could have been so much more.

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Shilpa Jamkhandikar
Shilpa Jamkhandikar
Thomson Reuters

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola comes across as a wannabe attempt by Vishal Bharadwaj. His most disappointing and uninspiring work!
Critic Score: Poor

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Gaurav Malani
Gaurav Malani
Times Of India

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!
Critic Score: 2/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Taran Adarsh
Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama.com

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is wild, wacky, wicked and would leave you with mixed feelings. On the whole, MKBKM isn't Bharadwaj's the best of works, yet the movie is worth a watch.
Critic Score: 2.5/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Nabanita Roy
Nabanita Roy
Entertainment OneIndia

If you’re a Vishal Bhardwaj fan, be prepared for a fare that’s different from his dark, moody style. The fun and songs should keep you going though.
Critic Score: 3/5

January 11, 2013 Full Review
Roshni Devi
Roshni Devi
Koimoi.com

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