Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari

Manoj Bajpayee, Diljit Dosanjh, Fatima Sana Shaikh and others
Abhishek Sharma

The film is set in 1995, Mumbai – the land of migrants and madness where lives Suraj (Diljit Dosanjh) with his parents (Manoj and Seema Pahwa). In his head, Suraj is an ideal boy. He is taking good care of his family diary business. He has even agreed to get married to a girl his parents are to arrange for him. He is a chauvinistic prig but doesn’t see himself as one. He doesn’t have finesse but makes up with his charm. Everything is going pretty well for Suraj till one fine day a prospect marriage proposal badly scorns him for lying about being a teetotaler, they even accuse him of eve teasing and more. Given he has tasted alcohol just once in his life, he wants to get to the bottom of who outed him to his now never-to-be in-laws?

It is then that we are introduced to this shape-shifter of a detective - Madhu Mangal Rane (Manoj Bajpayee). With his penchant for drama, Madhu is an ace tracker but like Madhu’s father (Annu Kapoor), Suraj too, doesn’t seem to appreciate Madhu’s success. In fact, the only thing Suraj now wants is to put Madhu a peg or two down. The only way ahead is to make Madhu’s righteous sister Tulsi (Fatima Sana Shaikh) fall in love with him. But things seldom go as planned. For one, while Tulsi is perfect she has a secret profession she is not telling anyone about, a secret that Suraj plans on using quite destructively against the Rane family, notwithstanding the fact he is himself is in love with Tulsi.

Will Suraj succeed? Will Madhu change his ways? What will be Tulsi’s fate? The answers for these are at the theatre near you. Yes, Abhishek Sharma has released the film in the theatres! 

The gist of the story is simple but deceptively so. Sharma here has tried his best to speak about the diversities that make the city of Mumbai. The director who has given us films like Tere Bin Laden and Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran is known for his subtle sense of humour and uses it amply here too. With actors like Diljit (who wears Suraj like a second skin) and Manoj Bajpayee who looks nothing like Fatima Sana’s brother – Abhishek has had it relatively easy this time around. The actors do most of the heavyweight work but the script has nothing grand in it. At times it falters, and the storyline gets too cliché to be cool and of course, too predictable too. Yet, there are moments you cannot help but smile. If you are looking for a laugh out loud film – this one is not for you. 

With subtle reminders for the 90s fashion and a very cute Dosanjh – Suraj Pe Mangal Bhaari is a flawed but nice watch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do Manoj Bajpayee any justice. 

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