Being the producer of this film as well, Kapil Sharma seems to have a twofold agenda – play a character that may perhaps help erase the memory of his recent PR blow-ups and move from slapstick comedy to serious meaty roles. In the first few minutes he even succeeds, especially where he plays the besotted man whose sole aim is to win his girl’s love. But soon, the script gets stuck and to fill time there is a half-baked plot of a King and a British officer conniving to swindle a whole village. In a laugh out loud supposedly emotional climax, Mahatma Gandhi is dragged into the mix to somehow bring the story to an end.
Manga (Kapil Sharma) is a village bumpkin who has just one talent, he can cure aches by kicking with his feet, ostensibly because he was born feet first. Unfortunately he can’t make this skill his vocation. His grandmother insists the gift of healing will be lost if he charges money for it. Manga falls for Sargi (Ishita Dutta), a girl in the neighboring village but doesn’t ask her hand in marriage as he is jobless. Lady luck smiles on him when he gets the job of an orderly in the police force. Manga sends the proposal but is rejected by Sargi’s Gandhian grandfather because Manga works for the British colonists. Torn between his job and his love, the rest of the story is about Manga redemption and his winning his love’s hand. To make that happen the script has many twists and turns including a land grab and a fake marriage.
It may very well be that the script evolved as the shooting progressed. Kapil may have had a kernel of an idea that they worked through for the first hour of the film or so for I believe he would have shelved the project had it known how the film would look like in the final form.
Kapil did his own producer-self no favour by starring in the film too. Romancing a girl and heavy duty emotional scenes can’t be performed as if you are mouthing one line repartees. His is a one note performance. Ishita Dutta tries hard but she has precious little to do. There is a strong cast in Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Sharma but they are strictly one dimensional in the film.
Director Rajiev Dhingra has helmed a couple of Punjabi films before and he has got the Punjabi ethos all right. He has however, not been able to scale up for a larger audience. Also the treatment oscillates between genres- drama, comedy and thriller without really choosing one.
Some of the songs are good. Kapil Sharma has tried to be ambitious with this film and has experimented with a challenging role. Unfortunately, outside of comedy, he is like a fish out of water.
Rating : 2/5
Starring: Kapil Sharma, Ishita Dutta, Monica Gill, Edward Sonnenblick, Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Sharma
Director: Rajiev Dhingra