Niche films, too, have an audience now, thanks to more audience willing to pay money to watch good content instead of stars, as was the case till a few years ago. Khajoor Pe Atke, in its trailer, promised to be one such film. Starring Vinay Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa, Dolly Ahluwalia, Alka Amin, Suneeta Sengupta, Sanah Kapoor in key roles, the film releases on May 18, 2018. We were invited for a special screening of the film and here's what we thought about it.
What's it about?
Brothers Ravinder Sharma (Vinay Pathak) and Jeetender Sharma (Manoj Pahwa), and their sister, Lalita (Dolly Ahluwalia) rush to Mumbai when they are told that their kid brother is on his death bed. While it may seem all benign and rather sensitive of them, truth is that they are eyeing the flat that the youngest brother had inherited from their father. They, along with their families, descend in the city of dreams with hopes in their eyes. Their families, however, have agendas of their own. Since they live in small towns, the city excites them and it is this that lands them in trouble a lot of times, even as their parents wait it out for the imminent death.
When you have a stellar cast comprising of acting stalwarts, the one thing that you can be assured of is good performance. And the actors don't disappoint on that front. Vinay Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa and Dolly Ahluwalia will make you cringe with their portrayal of conniving relatives who are two-faced. Sanah Kapoor, as Nayantara, is cute.
Khajoor Pe Atke had a great premise. However, the film ends up becoming a caricature instead. There is only one funny moment in the entire film and that was a part of the trailer too. So, in terms of comedy, the film doesn't have anything new to offer. It is as if the filmmaker was confused whether to make a comedy or instead make a sensitive film. There is a fine line between comedy and sensitivity that films like Khosla Ka Ghosla and Bheja Fry tread. This one ends up having an identity crisis of sorts, not knowing where to veer. There's a lot of chaos created to elicit laughter but none of it manages to. There are times when you wish that the able actors on screen stop embarrassing themselves with the goings-on.
What to do
Khajoor Pe Atke doesn't really manage to live up to its promise of being a comedy. Nor does it end up being a sensitive film. The result is a film that wastes talented actors on a watered down, haphazard script. How we wish there was more to this tale than what we saw.
1.5 out of 5
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