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MERE DAD KI MARUTI MOVIE REVIEW: More power to youth!
Saqib Saleem, Rhea Chakraborty, Ram Kapoor and Ravi Kishan
March 15, 2013 05:33:39 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
MERE DAD KI MARUTI is what it promotes itself to be: Young and restless. It also delivers what it promises: Loads of youngsters and the apparent restlessness that comes along with the spunk of youth. In short, it is a fun ride.
At the center of the plot is an unlikely hero -- A Maruti Ertiga. It's supposed to be a gift to a son-in-law. But the 'useless bugger', Sameer (Saqib Saleem), as he is often called by his father (Ram Kapoor), decides to take it for a spin, when he lands a lucky date with 'Chandigarh ki Shakira' Jazleen (Rhea Chakraborty).
The night out at a club is fun. Jazz is thoroughly impressed. Sameer drops her to the girls hostel and returns to celebrate his 'success' with his friend Gattu (Prabal Punjabi) who believes that a woman has been the downfall of Bill Clinton as well as Tiger Woods. On the way inside, elated by his recent 'catch', he tosses the car keys to a guest who is on his way home. He calls out to Sameer (who, in a flash, has disappeared inside) to tell him that he got the wrong guy. A PYT is impressed with the car and the guy with the keys offers her a lift.
Things take a 'U' turn when the PYT retches on the guy who flees leaving the car and girl.
Meanwhile, when Sameer comes out, he is aghast to learn that the car is missing. The car is now on its own journey as for three days Sameer tries to cover his tracks so that his Dad does not realize his Maruti is missing. From cops, to goons to 'rent-a-car'; Sameer and Gattu do their best to keep the car in their home garage at prominent times. But will the car come when his Dad has to actually give it away as a gift to his son-in-law? Sameer, who is always 'ready with a plan', knows how to con his kanjoos dad; but will he be able to keep his dad's izzat intact in front of the guest on wedding day?
Amidst blossoming love and the race to find the car, debutant director Ashima Chibber maintains a fine balance to keep the audience glued, never once going over-the-top. She never tilts heavily towards romance but gives it just that right dose required to shift the movie into top gear. She also plays lightly with the 'show-off' nature of the rich from the North.
Giving her solid company is Saqib who made an impressive debut in MUJHSE FRAAANDSHIP KAROGE. Here too he gives another impressive performance. Both, he and Prabal, deliver in style.
Rhea Chakraborty who makes her debut is confident. Carrying off 'tiny clothes' with aplomb, she gets her body language right. Young, brash and arrogant; she displays it all. However, a little work on her dialogue delivery and this girl should be ready to roar.
Ram Kapoor as the kanjoos dad, who replaces ordinary whiskey in a Black Label bottle whilst sporting a fake Rado, is first rate. Benazir Shaikh as Sameer's sister stuns all with her gutsy dance during her sangeet. A well-choreographed song which shows a conservative Chandigarh girl, letting her hair down just for this one day.
All in all, an enjoyable fare. YRF seems to have got their formula right. They are catching the younger generation. And this is where the market it. In fact, it's good to see fresh faces being given a shot at stardom. The youth are going to love this.