Hazaaron khwahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle, Bohat niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle (Thousands of desires, each worth dying for, many of them I have realized, yet I yearn for more) this Ghazal by the most influential modern Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib is repeated in this movie which happens to be the legendary Om Puri’s last outing on screen.
Ghalib’s gem has changed and influence life of many renowned poets in the world, on paper when you read the late Om Puri reciting this gem it turns more precious as the actor in his capacity has influenced many artiste in India.
Heart wrenchingly, Om Puri says the opening line in the film and then adds an utter crap (I don’t want to insult two legends at one go so I have decided not to write the addition done by the character played by Om Puri in the film) in this sheer nonsense delivered in the name of cinema wishing to cash on the iconic legacy of the legendary Om Puri.
Rubbing more mirch masala and chutney of doom to this Qatal-E-Aam of your senses with aspirations to watch Om Puri’s supposed last flick on screen, MR. KABAADI is helmed by Om Puri’s ex-wife Seema Kapoor and boasts of talents like Anu Kapoor, Vinay Pathaka and Sarika.
The supposed homage to the legend turns into a complete hara kiri in the story begins with a narration by another talent Satish Kaushik with the introduction of Channu Khan (late Om Puri) selling ‘mohabbaton ka ittar‘ and ‘hasraton ka surma‘ in the basti of the kabaadi walas (scrap dealers). The standard gets established instantly. If you believed that it’s all about Channu Khan then be prepared, the movie is the story of Kallu (Annu Kapoor), his wife (Sarika) and their children. Kallu a scrap dealer gets the lady luck smiling on him and he becomes rich overnight after he inherits the wealth of his late uncle.
Kallu’s life changes and he escapes from his identity and he starts looking down towards his fellow kabaadis. Kallu tries his best to live like a high society amir but his pauper past prevents him to do so.
Kallu’s son played by Rajveer Singh is happy with his business of public toilets by the name ‘durlabh sochnalaya‘ (from TOILET: EK PREM KATHA to TOILETO SE PREM KATHA) wah wah.. and his daughter falls in love with a guy from Manipur. Vinay Pathak plays the brother in law of kallu who has eloped with the girl from an upper caste family. The joke on China and the quirky background score is the only plus in this vehicle that has gone beyond repair.
No depth, layers and characterization, a mockery of talents and sheer audacity in cashing on the late legendary actor Om Puri in a film in which he is not playing the lead is an unpardonable offence.
I conclude with a phrase from the same Hazaaron khwahishen aisi – Nikalna khud se aadam ka soonte aaye hain lekin, Bahot be-aabru hokar tere kooche se hum nikle (We have heard about the dismissal of Adam from Heaven, With more humiliation, I am leaving the street (read screen)”. The humiliation is for an earnest fan of Om Puri like me and I urge all that if you are a fan of the legendary Om Puriji, pls stay away from this crap.