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KHATTA MEETHA, Construction industry and Marathi manoos

July 20, 2010 06:03:03 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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It indeed is fortuitous that when the whole world of Hindi cinema fans is celebrating the contribution of Hrishikesh Mukerjee through his cinematic oeuvre, which
started with a brilliant portrayal of exposure of the underbelly of corruption that epitomized construction industry through his magnum opus, SATYAKAAM, now
Priyadarshan has turned his focus to expose the rot in a humourous way, and what better manner than to use a Marathi manoos portrayed by Akshay Kumar.

view KHATTA MEETHA movie poster

view KHATTA MEETHA movie poster

The song of BACHNA AE HASEENO, "Khuda jaane main khuda" indeed is the catch line of the civic construction industry, as even the roads do not know
when the axe will fall upon them, and therefore the lament. It is this element of unknowingness or connivance that is the bane of construction industry, and it was
brought out in succinct details by Kundan Shah in JAANE BHI DO YAARON.

As a matter of fact garb of humor is a veritable device to expose the malice that has rotten the core of the civil construction industry, no wonder the film like
KHOSLA KA GHOSLA could become such a roaring hit. Akshay for the first time is playing the role of a Marathi manoos, and for the current year the characters

seem to have moved out of the known comfort zones of Punjabiyat to other parts of the country. Akshay Kumar is treading into a territory where any slippage could
be a big price to pay.

As a matter of fact when was the last time when a lead character played the role of a Marathi manoos? It would be difficult to pin point it. Big B played it in the form
of SARKAR, but it was one of the restrained roles that he had played.

The character of Akshay Kumar being a Marathi manoos could be a take factoring in the presence of large number of Marathi manoos in BMC or Brihan Mumbai
Corporation, The Muncipal Corproration of Mumbai, whose annual budget is more than state government budgets of number of governments in India, indeed is mired
in corruption on one count or the other and if a Marathi manoos is able to expose this corrupt practice, then he could indeed ensure biggest collection from the most
remunerative territory of Hindi Cinema, Mumbai. For Akshay's sake, let's hope it does.

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