May 19, 2022

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IANS Review: ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’: Rishi Kapoor’s last film will make you ‘senti’ despite flaws (IANS Rating: **1/2)


Movie: ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ (Streaming on Primary Movie)

Duration: 122 minutes

Director: Hitesh Bhatia

Forged: Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Juhi Chawla, Suhail Nayyar Taaruk Raina, Satish Kaushik, Sheeba Chaddha, Isha Talwar and Parmeet Sethi

IANS Score: **1/2Just one of the figures in the film states, “Baat baat pe senti ho jaate hain”. That is precisely what you experience when you see ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ — Rishi Kapoor’s posthumous film.

There is absolutely nothing new, unconventional, or flamboyant about this slice-of-lifestyle film, which narrates the tale of Brij Gopal Sharma, a widower with two grown-up sons who finds himself at the crossroads of lifestyle when he is laid off from work.

The film begins with a perform in the workplace of Madhuban Home Appliances, wherever Sharmaji is felicitated for being a sincere and committed worker. His manager, Mr Sikka, advises him to delight in lifetime and have pleasurable. But this is accurately what he simply cannot do.

Soon after remaining at home for four months and 13 days, getting on the nerves of his sons, Rinku and Vincy, Mr Sharma feels the itch to find a reason in his everyday living.

Being a widower, Sharmaji has been cooking at house. Also, at times, he has been volunteering at spiritual capabilities in his locality. So, at the behest of his close friend, Mr Chaddha (Satish Kaushik), he requires up a cooking assignment for Mrs Gulati’s (Sheeba Chaddha) kitty get together.

Because then, Mr Sharma is the most sought-after cook dinner within Mrs Gulati’s circle of merry buddies. How his lifetime evolves thereafter sorts the crux of the narrative.

‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ is a lighthearted movie, nevertheless it is not easy to sit via, for it is unusually mounted, with two actors enjoying the identical part.

At first, viewing Paresh Rawal slip into Rishi Kapoor’s shoes looks a little bit jarring, but gradually, your brain accepts it. Both share the display screen time equally as B.G. Sharma.

The movie sorely lacks drama, interesting twists, and an aspect of freshness. It trudges alongside on an even keel. However, it is an uncompromising depiction of “the present will have to go on” angle to everyday living, though it imbues the screenplay with dignity.

Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal are effortless in their efficiency as Mr B.G. Sharma. They are aptly supported by Suhail Nayyar and Taaruk Raina as Sharma’s sons, Rinku and Vincy. They the two are honest inspite of their frivolous bro-banter appearing pressured and amateurishly staged.

Juhi Chawla as Mrs Gulati’s pal Veena Manchanda, who sorts a bond with Sharma, adds a adorable layer to the narrative, but does not elevate the tale.

Parmeet Sethi as Veena’s brother-in-law, Robbie, the Mayor of Delhi, is charming but does not increase a great deal heft to the position.

The relaxation of the forged in supporting roles are mostly normal, but at moments they are spectacular and over-the-prime. They have their moments of on-screen glory.

Mounted with mediocre generation values the movie will surely have a constrained charm. All those who can make it by way of are going to cherish the movie for Rishi Kapoor and the film’s core values.

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