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Mr. & Mrs. Mahi Review: The movie’s strength lies in its narrative which builds on a very unique premise

The film directed by Sharan Sharma is released at theatres on May 31.

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Mr. & Mrs. Mahi

MR. & MRS. MAHI

Director- Sharan Sharma

Cast- Rajkummar Rao, Janhavi Kapoor, Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Kumar and Zarina Wahab

Released in theatres.

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By Jyothi Venkatesh

The film is about an average and failed cricketer Mahendra Mahi Agarwal (Rajkummar Rao) who sets out to coach his talented doctor wife Mahima Mahi Agarwal (Janhavi Kapoor) to qualify for the national team. During this interesting but very harrowing journey, the husband-wife duo learns a lot of lessons about individuality, chasing dreams, and defeating marital insecurities.

What I really liked about this sports drama is that though it has taken a lot of inspiration from the Amitabh Bachchan- Jaya Bhaduri starrer Abhimaan of yore, generally when sports dramas set out to paint the same picture: athletes overcoming odds with their grit and pushing their limits to achieve glory, the director Sharan Sharma takes a refreshing detour to explore how self-doubt and insecurity can set out to sabotage fatally not only delicate relationships but also childhood dreams.

Mahendra is trapped working at his strict as well as disciplined father’s (Kumud Mishra) sports shop, and secretly harbors a dream of cricketing glory. Mahendra’s newly married wife Mahima, meanwhile, suffocated under the stewardship of a demanding senior doctor who bullies and belittles her, at every given opportunity. Both find solace in their shared passion (cricket) and become each other’s support system.

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The best thing about the gem of a film is that it also celebrates the unsung heroes – the coaches, the spouses – who stand silently without any fame at all behind the stars in the game who achieve glory. The film beautifully sets out to depict the idea that true victory lies in finding fulfillment within oneself, not in the eyes of others.

As far as the performances are concerned, while Rajkummar Rao delivers a nuanced portrayal as the suppressed son as well as the supportive husband, and a man desperately seeking his own validation, Janhavi Kapoor shines as the initially under-confident wife Mahima, who aims to find her own identity and pursue her own dreams. Kumud Mishra, Zarina Wahab, and Rajesh Kumar provide able support as well, in their own independent ways in their characters.

To sum up and put it in a nutshell, I would say that the movie’s strength lies in its narrative, which builds on a very unique premise. It effectively sets out to capture the awkwardness of a newly married couple, the training, the matches, the conflict between parents and wards over choice of a career in their personal relationship.

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