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Aankh Micholi Review: The comedy lacks punch!

Umesh Shukla’s film stars Sharman Joshi, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Divya Dutta, Abhimanyu and others.



Aankh Micholi


Director- Umesh Shukla

Cast- Sharman Joshi, Paresh Rawal, Abhimanyu Dassani, Divya Dutta, Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Raaz, Darshan Jariwala , Grusha Kapoor and Abhishek Banerjee

Platform of Release- Theatres


By Jyothi Venkatesh

In this zany and loud and over the top family comedy, Mrinal Thakur she plays a young woman, Paro, who suffers from night-blindness and her family is trying to get her married by hiding her condition. The plot is about a crazy family from Hoshiyarpur that comprises a forgetful Ayurvedic doctor Navjot Singh (Paresh Rawal), his hard –of- hearing older son Yuvraj (Sharman Joshi), a stuttering younger son Harbhajan (Abhishek Banerjee) and daughter Paro.

Though the film sadly lacks any punch, it is set around an Indian wedding and showcases the “madness of two mismatched families and their crazy shenanigans”.

You are bored to death when you get to see the family of the daughter’s suitor insisting on singing a song in this slapstick comedy. Jitendra Parmar’s story and screenplay fails to offer pungent humor and the film, which is an adaptation of the director’s celebrated play of the same name, most of the time, only beats around the bush.

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As far as the performances of the star cast are concerned, Mrinal Thakur is a revelation since she displays her flair for comedy in this film for the first time. It is Paresh Rawal who steals the scene every time he sashays on the screen with finesse. The jokes as well as the stale situations mostly fail to land and seem like they are just forced into the narrative,  and you get irritated by the time the film is halfway through.

Divya Dutta scores in her role as the daughter in law Billo while Abhimanyu Dassani’s character could have been better developed. Sharman has hardly any scope to act while Vijay Raaz sticks out like a sore thumb. While Darshan Jariwala’s role is just about half-baked, Grusha Kapoor is effective as the mother of the suitor.

To sum up, on the while, the film falls short of expectations since it has a theme which is outdated and also has over the top and loud situations which tend to bore you and lull you to slumber instantly.