Mahi NRI Review
Mahi NRI is one such dream which everyone would want to forget as quickly as possible. Poor writing, direction make the film something you wouldn't want to spend your hard-earned money on. Give it a miss!
Movie Review of Punjabi Movie Mahi NRI starring Harrdy Sandhu, Poppy Jabbal, B N Sharma, Anjum Batra, Gurpreet Ghuggi. Directed by Gaurav Bavdankar.
Star cast: Harrdy Sandhu, Poppy Jabbal, Rameet Sandhu, BN Sharma, Navneet Nishan, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Anjum Batra, Ranjan Sehgal
Director: Gaurav Bavdankar
Producer: Ranbir Singh Kaloya
Music: Arjunaa Harjai
Running Time: 132 minutes
Synopsis: Mahi NRI is the story of Sherry Singh (Harrdy Sandhu) who is an aspiring singer and loves a girl called Reet (Poppy Jabbal) and wants to marry her. However, Reet’s mother doesn’t like Sherry and wants a rich NRI to be their son-in-law. She finds Johnson, who lives in England and decides that Reet will get married to Johnson. Knowing all this and humiliated by Reet’s mother, Sherry himself decided to go to England and become a rich NRI very soon and then marry Reet.
Review: Mahi NRI, directed by debutant Gaurav Bavdankar narrates a very very unrealistic story. However, that’s what films are all about. Films sell dreams and some of those dreams are good, some bad, some ugly and some ‘Forgettable’. Mahi NRI is one such dream which is forgettable. Gaurav failed to depict what he was trying to convey through the film in a good 132 precious minutes.
The story of the film has been written by Gaurav Bavdankar himself. This is where the main problem lies. The story of the film deviates from one plot to another very very quickly without establishing any of them. The story which is the backbone for the whole film falters flat quickly within the 1st 20-25 minutes and you realise what a boring journey lies ahead for you. Screenplay has been written by Mohinder Pratap Singh and it couldn’t get worse than this and believe me, I’ve seen worse films throughout my life. Mohinder Pratap’s screenplay is not at all convincing to the eyes.
I didn’t understand weather the film was trying to depict a love story, struggle of youngsters when they go abroad, fraud by immigration agents or that Bhua/Chachi/Mami who lives abroad and when we go visit her she shows you the way out of the house within a day or two or that every Pakistani guy who helps the hero in a foreign land and becomes the room mate/best friend of the hero when his own friends and relatives do not even recognise him. Come on, we’ve seen it all. Show us something new guys. Dialogues by Mohinder Pratap Singh and Amitosh Nagpal were strictly average.
Coming to Gaurav Bavdankar’s direction, he did a ‘VERY POOR’ job at making this film. Those weird camera angles made the film look more like a low-budget TV series rather than a feature film. Also the director failed to show any beauty of Birmingham, the city where most of the film was shot. There was not a single moment which was convincing or not even a single moment where I could laugh or even feel for the character(s). Gaurav Bavdankar has a lot to learn if he is to make more films in future.
Coming to performances, Harrdy Sandhu tried his best but couldn’t make it large. He’s such a great singer, a true rockstar but hasn’t had the luck going his way in terms of the choice of films. I feel for him. Poppy Jabbal, the model turned actress made her debut with this film. Her role wasn’t convincing and meaty enough at all. Cannot comment much about her acting abilities as I haven’t seen much in this film. I hope she does a good film soon because she is gorgeous after all. B N Sharma is a good actor. It is painful to see such good talent being wasted.
Gurpreet Ghuggi, I will ask him the reason why he did this film, the next time I meet him. He is doing a lot of good work like Ardaas and then in the middle of all that why did he do such a film where he didn’t even have a good enough role. Navneet Nishan was seen after a long time in a Punjabi film. Anjum Batra, is a Punjabi and played a guy from Kerala called Lingam in the film. Why? Only the director or Anjum know about that. Other support cast of the film was pretty much average. BTW Padam Bhola was also in the film. Remember him from Jatt Airways. Anyone?
Music of the film is another disaster. Let’s not talk much about that. The absence of Background Score in many sequences also spoiled the party. The DOP’s work was also not good at all.
Overall, Mahi NRI is one such dream which everyone would want to forget as quickly as possible. Poor writing, direction make the film something you wouldn’t want to spend your hard-earned money on. Give it a miss!