Release Date: 15th September, 2017
Cast: Kangna Ranaut
Writer/Director: Hansal Mehta
Producer/s: Shailesh Singh, Bhushan Kumar
Simran Movie Review: Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Soham Shah, Manu Narayan, Aneesha Joshi, Rupinder Nagra, Mark Justice.
Director: Hansal Mehta
What’s Good: Every second Kangana Ranaut is in the frame & she’s almost there for the entire film, the character sketch of everyone, background music, Hansal Mehta exploring white, black & grey shades in one film.
What’s Bad: Some scenes are dragged & unnecessary, missed a London Thumakda kind of chartbuster.
Loo Break: Not at all! You’ll miss Kangana’s one of many brilliant expressions throughout the film.
Watch or Not?: Only if you’ve an appetite of digesting unconventional films. Though this will make you laugh your heart out.
Praful Patel (Kangana Ranaut) is an independent room keeper looking to own a house in Atlanta. She has her parents living in the town but wants to live life on her own terms. Facing some family issues, Praful is one of those girls who will make you smile even if her life is a disaster. On a trip to Las Vegas to attend a bachelorette party of her cousin, Praful gets addicted to gambling. This is where the issue starts & this is where the film takes an unconventional route.
Handling her professional and personal life, which by the way is a mess, Praful enters the dark shade of the film in the second half. Meeting Sameer (Soham Shah), trying to revive her fun-filled life and strangling in messier situations is a rough outline of the plot. Wait for the climax as it is the sweetest thing of the film. Watch out for how Praful becomes Simran and how you’ll fall in love with her with each passing scene.
Simran Review: Script Analysis
Where Hansal Mehta’s last film Aligarh was a dark sky, Simran is a shining cloud in his sky. It’s a painting – many will wonder what’s in it but the one who gets it will know the value of it. The film will never let you guess in which genre it falls. You’ll feel it’s a comedy with one scene when Mehta will slap you with an intense scene. From bargaining in Las Vegas till asking for free peanuts with a beer, Mehta has covered everything to show how Praful Patel is.
As Leos Carax, a French film director once said, “Cinema is a foreign language, a language created for those who need to travel to the other side of life.” Mehta uses this language in the film. Throughout the film, you’ll be intrigued to know what will be the end of the story. There are some drags in the film resulting few dead scenes here and there. It also sometimes questions your thinking ability but ignore it and enjoy what the film has to offer. Each character is written so well that even role of a bartender in the film will stay with you after all is over.
Simran Review: Star Performance
Simran is all about Kangana Ranaut, 5 minutes into the film and you know this is going to be special. We all know she can act well, but she achieves something bigger with this film – she speaks with her silence. Everyone thought what can come close to her brilliant performance in Queen, well Simran it is. From crying her heart out in one scene to making everyone laugh in other – Kangana does it all. Her magnetic smile, shouting eyes and priceless expressions makes this one of her best performances.
Each character plays the role very well. Though, I feel, Sohum Shah’s character should have been developed properly. He has his different characteristics but belittles himself in the shadow cast by the talent mounted by Kangana. The subplot between Kangana and her father is very well written and performed.
Business rating: 0.5 stars
Star cast: Kirron Kher, Kanwaljeet, Jackie Shroff, Divya Dutta, Viraf Patel, Sachin Sharma, Simran.
Plot: Mummy Punjabi is the story of a modern Punjabi mother (Kirron Kher) who has to deal with separation from her kids.
Language: English and Hindi dubbed
What’s Good: Kirron Kher’s performance; a few comedy scenes.
What’s Bad: The scattered screenplay; the average music; the absence of face value.
Verdict: Although it is an honest attempt, Mummy Punjabi has bleak prospects at the box-office.
Loo break: Several in the first half.
Watch it or not?: Watch it for Kirron Kher’s performance and the emotion-filled climax.
Creative Steps Productions’ Mummy Punjabi is the story of a mother who has to deal with changes when her kids get married. Babyji a.k.a. Mummyji (Kirron Kher) is a modern mother who lives in Chandigarh with her husband (Kanwaljeet) and their three adult children. While she gives full freedom to her young daughter (Simran), Mummyji is rather protective of her two sons, of whom one (Sachin Sharma) is a doctor and the other (Viraf Patel), a restaurateur. Mummyji dreams of marrying off the doctor-son to an NRI girl, while she wants a homely girl for the other son. In spite of her husband’s pleas, she gives her daughter a free hand to do whatever she wants.
A Sikh bachelor (Jackie Shroff), who was Mummyji’s college classmate, stays close to their house and often visits the family. He openly admires Mummyji. Her husband takes this in good humour as he is also friends with the bachelor. A maid (Divya Dutta) is the gossip-monger of the housing society.
Soon, Mummyji finds suitable brides for her two sons. To her surprise, the brides, who seem to fit into her criteria for her daughters-in-law, reveal their true colours afterwards. While her homely daughter-in-law breaks into an outrageous dance at her younger son’s wedding, her NRI daughter-in-law turns out to be a cheat, who was trying to swindle the family! However, life soon returns to normalcy as the daughters-in-law come around. Next, Mummyji also discovers that her son has actually been operating a night-club and had lied to her about running a restaurant. Mummyji is aghast but takes it in her stride. Soon, both her sons and their wives leave for the US for better prospects. An ageing Mummyji and husband are left behind alone with the daughter. Mummyji’s bachelor-friend also gets married. Even her daughter finds a good suitor and marries him. What happens next? Does Mummyji continue living life as she always has, or does her life change? What about her children and their spouses? The rest of the film and the climax answer these questions.
Mummy Punjabi – Script Analysis
Pammi Somal’s story is routine but it had good scope for drama. However, the film’s screenplay, also penned by Pammi Somal, is not as well written as it should have been since it often gets off-track and focuses on sub-plots which give the feeling that the main story – that of Mummyji and her family – is being neglected. The establishment of Mummyji’s character takes too much time and footage, boring the audience in the process. Several scenes – particularly in which the bachelor is wooing Mummyji, in which Munni (the maid) is gossiping about all and sundry, in which Mummyji goes to party at her son’s night club – seem superfluous. The scenes showing Mummyji interacting with her husband and sons get repetitive and boring after a point in time. The problems that arise when her sons get married seem rather trivial because they have been treated in that fashion. Several scenes seem half-complete. In the scene where the ‘homely’ daughter-in-law breaks into a raunchy dance, the music playing in the background, which is what the viewers can hear, does not simply match with her dance steps. Worse still, the daughter-in-law seems to be singing a song, but the audience can’t hear anything because the words of her song have been drowned in the loud background score! Another minus point is that the film, for no apparent reason, has been made in English.
Not to say that the film doesn’t have its merits. There are a few comedy scenes and a very emotional sequence in the climax. But apart from this, there is little that the film offers by way of entertainment.
Mummy Punjabi – Performances & Direction
Kirron Kher lives the role of Mummyji. She plays the endearing and emotional screen mother ably. A fine performance, indeed! Kanwaljeet is very good as Mummyji’s husband. Jackie Shroff is okay in a bit role. His fake beard looks irritating. Divya Dutta does well as the maid. Viraf Patel and Sachin Sharma do average jobs. Nimisha Goswami and Urvashi Gandhi, as Mummyji’s daughters-in-law, do below-average jobs. Anju Mahendru (as Jackie Shroff’s sister), Simran (as Mummyji’s daughter), Satish Kaushik (as the marriage bureau owner) and Rohit Roy (as Mummyji’s online friend) support well. Gurdas Maan is alright in a special appearance.
Pammi Somal’s direction is okay. She seems to have concentrated too much on making the character of Mummyji lovable and very little on making her narrative more impactful. Aadesh Shrivastava’s music is ordinary. Lyrics, by Sameer, are okay. Of the four songs in the film, none is memorable. The background score is appropriate. Camerawork is ordinary. Editing should have been sharper.
Mummy Punjabi – The Last Word
On the whole, Mummy Punjabi is a dull fare. The lack of face value and tough competition from Bodyguard will seal its fate at the box-office.