The movie has its moments, but the pacing problems and lack of chemistry between the two leads, brings it down
Satire is a tricky genre to play with. If pulled off nicely, it leaves a huge impact on the audience. Director Nila Madhab Panda's Kaun Kitney Paani Mein gets the satire part bang on, but fails to keep pique our interest thanks to a confused screenplay. The film stars Radhika Apte, Kunal Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla and Gulshan Grover in the lead roles. So how does this village comedy play out in the big screen? Lets dive into a detailed review to find out if Kaun Kitney Paani Mein is worth watching or not.
What's it about:
Raja Braj Kishore Sing Deo (Saurabh Shukla) is the king of a village hit by severe drought. Such is the water crisis, that the immigrants of this village follow barter system of water packets. Raja Braj Singh Deo takes us down the memory lane to reveal how the village was divided into two by his own father, by building a wall to keep the lower caste people out of his sight. But very soon water crisis strikes Raja's village, while the separated part of the village enjoys water in abundance. Now Raja devices a plan to send his own son Raj ( Kunal Kapoor) to woo Paro (Radhika Apte), the daughter of Kharu Pahalwan (Gulshan Grover), who happens to be the head of the cordoned off side of the village. But Raja's plan gets messed up, when Raj actually falls in love with Paro. Will the two love birds manage to reunite the village and solve the issues of water shortage and casteism? Watch the movie to find out.
There are lots of good things to talk about Kaun Kitney Paani Mein. One of the best part of the film has to be its unmistakable satire, which values water even more precious than money. The characters in the film are quirky and each have their own motive. We get to see a Pandit who grows weed at the back of a temple. We meet a prostitute who takes water packets for payment. Also, the subplot of cloth weaver and his family digging a tunnel to steal water from other village is funny. Saurabh Shukla is like a pillar in this film, as he keeps you interested with his terrific performance and clap worthy one-liners, even when the proceeding becomes dull. His interactions with his servant and Kunal Kapoor will leave you chuckling many a times. Gulshan Grover, doesn't have as much screen time as Saurabh Shukla but he makes the most of it with his powerful performance as Kharu Pahalwan. Radhika Apte looks ethereal and has given a praiseworthy performance. Kunal Kapoor, as the frustrated son of Raja, has played his part well. The other good thing about the film is that it is not centered on the lead pair and focus is on driving the film forward.
Though the performances are brilliant and the story is one of its kind, the film suffers from serious pacing issue. While the first half is dead slow with a lot of time spent on developing the plot, the second half seems half cooked and rushed leaving you dissatisfied. Also the chemistry between Kunal Kapoor and Radhika Apte lacks the spark which was needed to take the film to another level. The romantic scenes between the two are very less and their love story seems to be extremely rushed. The climax of the film is not that great either and lacks the punch to make the film memorable. Both Kunal Kapoor and Radhika Apte are under utilised in the film.
What to do:
In an industry, where we are served with minding numbing comedies every week, Kaun Kitney Paani Mein is refreshing and will be liked by those who have an appetite for satire. Having said that, the film suffers from half baked screenplay and takes its own sweet time to establish the plot. Watch it if you have patience and free time. Others can just give it a miss!
2.5 out of 5
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