The Pinkvilla Review: Main Aur Mr. Riight

Updated on Dec 19, 2014 05:41 PM IST  |  2.4M
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Nothing Right About This Film- Except for ‘Mr Riight’ ‘Main Aur Mr Riight’ is about Alia, a stylish, single & super rich Bollywood casting agent (in her own words, she loves her ‘Louis Vuittons’ and I don’t know any casting agent who lives, breathes and yells in designer threads). She is Miss Perfect, who will reject a man because he had a grain of rice stuck on his teeth. Her life is about her friends too - three robotic, coiffed and prim couples, ‘urbane cool’ people (I suppose that’s what you call people who live their lives at Sunday brunches and fine dine restaurants), and mouth lines like a computer program. Despite their untold riches and urban cool origins, their prime focus is to force Alia to get hitched. Despite being her friends, they say things like “You will grow alone and be single, while we take our kids to school together.” Friends like that, I would unfriend promptly, but Alia takes it all with a gritted teeth smile, and plans a way out - she will create a ‘Mr Riight’ to shut her friends up! Enter Barun Sobti as Sukhi, a loud, brash, Punjabi Munda from New Delhi aspiring to be an actor; who Alia hasn’t spoken to once; but whose photograph she just randomly pulls out of her designer purse, and shows off to her ‘friends’ as her ‘Mr Riight’. Yeah, the writing’s that immature. And the dialogues could impact you either way, they make you cringe or make you laugh hysterically. Thus begins a journey of refining Sukhi to meet her standards, his hero like entry into her friends circle of urban robots, mixed signals amongst couples, and a forced plot point where everyone basically breaks up, and “it’s all Alia’s fault”. I suppose teenage clichés are the best resort to lock and load a lame script that’s headed nowhere. And in the end, the urbane cool quotient jumps up a notch, whereby one of Alia’s friends chooses to be a single mom with élan, and another, divorces her husband to find herself (by the way, law courts are miraculously fast tracked in the film, the character will wrap up her divorce proceedings in a week! Wheeee!) Making a romantic comedy with multiple characters requires refined writing and sensitive execution onscreen with nuanced acting. ‘Main Aur Mr Riight’ sporadically reminded me of, ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, an evergreen film that stands out for it’s quiet, subtle handling of four friends who have entirely different beliefs about love & marriage. In this one, dialogues like, ‘Enough is enough, now get back to being my wife’, by a character actor who is less emotive than a dining table chair, only make you laugh. Issues like being a single mother, even for this (imagined) super urbane section of society, requires smart execution & convincing acting. That each robotic couple in the film argues before their friends only, and never at home, only reiterates my argument for refined writing & execution. But in this amateurish film, one talent shines through. Barun Sobti is worth watching out for- he is natural, manages to escape the trappings of juvenile dialogues & an unimaginative script, and enacts Sukhi with flair. It’s the only performance that redeems this otherwise lame film. The director seems to have forgotten to program expressions into Shenaz Treasurywalla. The artwork and styling are nice, if interior decoration’s your thing for going to the movies. An interesting technique here are the hilarious auditions that tie up the (multiple) loose ends of the film as interludes.. Watch if you are a Barun Sobti fan, and you won’t be disappointed. Otherwise, rent a dvd of a classic romantic comedy like my favourite ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘When Harry Met Sally’, or ‘Notting Hill’ instead. Now those are true blue romantic comedies! The Final Verdict It's worth 45 percent of your ticket price.
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Anonymous
7 years ago
Barun has done good only and in IPKKND.. Now I will say credit goes to director and that ASR role after watching this crap MAMR. Don't compare Shushat at all with Barun.. He is nothing before him. Shushant's Kai po che has made everyone admit his talent and now his next movie as a Bengali directive will stunt everyone for sure. I wonder why even people talking about MAMR and what the expected from this incompetent and awful movie with same level acting ???
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