From Hyderabad to Ahmedabad, this vehicle of love, friendship, dreams and aspirations is effortlessly cool. From FILMISTAAN fame award winner Nitin Kakkar comes a feel good, quirky, breezy story of love and dreams that underlines the fact that you don’t need to be flashy to be cool and an achiever. All you need is a vision with an attitude that echoes the melody of your heart with your mind.
FILMSTAAN was a sarcastic exhibition condemning the India Pakistan partition an absurd decision, MITRON (no it’s not that what you are thinking, this has nothing to do with politics) the Hindi adaptation of the genuine Telugu heart pleaser PELLI CHOOPULU (2016) starring Vijay Devarakonda and Ritu Varma is a sweet, refreshing dish served with toppings of hope, desire, dream and love. The location might have changed but the feelings remains universal to the core.
Jai (Jackky Bhagnani), is a lazy bump, it’s about three years and still he has to clear his supplementary to get his engineering degree. He does nothing and roams around with his likeminded BFFs Raunak (Pratik Gandhi) and Deepu (Shivam Parekh). Constantly nagged by his father played by Neeraj Sood, Jai has developed a passion for cooking but he is clueless in his life. He makes cooking videos but finds minimum takers, then makes those fake funny videos but of no use. His father decides to get his good for nothing son married so that the fortunes get changed for good. A chance encounter makes Jai meet Avni (Kritika Kamra), an opposite of Jai – focused and knows what she wants. But she too has to marry against her will, she has a back story of a failed affair with Vikram (Prateik Babbar), both Avni and Vikram shared a common dream of owning a food truck chain. The chance encounter between Jai and Avni makes the revelation of Jai’s passion and Avni’s desire to the characters and to the audience simultaneously. Jai’s passion for cooking and Avni’s unfulfilled desire to have a food truck connects the two and both Jai and Avni embark on a journey that changes their life with Jai’s BFF’s Raunak and Deepu as company.
PELLI CHOOPULU is based on a real incident, die hard foodies and regulars of food channels etc may be aware of the story behind Spitfire BBQ Truck owners Siddhanth Sawkar and Gauthami Shankar. The excellent slice of life film fetched the national honours for writer director Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam who is also credited in this Hindi adaption. FILMISTAAN fame actor Sharib Hashmi has adapted it for the Hindi and done a competent job. Sharib has given the Guajarati milieu and it’s almost spot-on. The lead actors keep the accent right and there is no forcefully added vowels to sound like those wrongly stereotyped Guajarati’s in cinema.
The light heartedness of the movie has an undercurrent of the issues that are associated with the society. generation gap, the sour truth that guys who are disasters as far as academics is concern and don’t even have a job can still find a girl, provided the fathers who instead of understanding the wishes and dreams of their daughters just want them to get married and ‘settled’ and get a damaad’ The same is the case with affluent families of rich boys who can get a better qualified girl as their bahu compared to their son just because the girl is poor. In any state of our country, the concept of getting settled is getting married which should not be the yardstick. Other issues like the digital revolution that sometimes gives a wrong notion that it’s easy to earn by posting anything stupid doesn,t work, talent is the key in any field.
This is Jackky Bhagnani’s best till date. The actor with MITRON gets the label ‘effortless’ and excels as a lazy Guajarati. His accent is perfect and he is completely natural.
Television fame Kritika Kamra is an elegant addition to Bollywood. She has the poise, grace and is a fine actress. Prateik Babbar nails it in a short role.
Pratik Gandhi is an entertainer with a remarkable comic timing. He is also lucky to get the best one liners but that still needs to be delivered as desired. Shivam Parekh too leaves an impression.
Technically polished with first rate production values. Manoj Kumar Khatoi’s cinematography uses the vibrant colours of the town to good effect. Urvi Ashar Kakkar and Shipra Rawal’s production design is appropriate and in sync with the movie’s flavor. Mandira Shukla’s costumes are authentic. Sachindra Vats’s editing is to the point. Music by Tanishk-Vayu, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sameer Uddin, Lijo George-DJ Chetas, Sharib-Toshi, Abhishek Nailwal moves with the flow and flavor. Chalte Chalte and Sanedo are the pick of the lot. Background score by Sameer Uddin is impressive.
The problem with this heartfelt meal is the wrap up, it ends on expected lines making the dessert not quite relishing as the main course but still whoever gets a chance to taste this dish of love, life, and dreams will find it pleasingly sanedo – affectionately affecting, those who love feel good, family fun MITRON is a must mast watch.