Mere Pyare Prime Minister Movie Review: Endearingly relevant

Mere Pyare Prime Minister poster
Mere Pyare Prime Minister poster

Here is the movie review of MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER. Released today, the movie directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, featuring Anjali Patil and child actor Om Kanojiya in lead roles addresses relevant issues. Is the movie effective? Let’s find out in the movie review of MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER.

The most distinguish feature of MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER
The specialty of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to address relevant issues that concern the nation in a lighthearted feel good manner is maintained. After RANG DE BASANTI, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra says his mann ki baat by twinning the jazzbat (read subject, emotion) of national on screen emblem of patriotism - Akshay Kumar starrer TOILET: EK PREM KATHA with national award winner director Nila Madhab Panda’s HALKA with heart.

The story of MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER
Kannu (Om Kanojiya) lives in a slum with his mother Sargam (Anjali Patil). Lack of proper sanitation and toilet forces Kannu, his mother and people living in his area to defecate in open. One day Sargam meets with the evil fate making Kannu realize the importance of a proper toilet and he begins his quest to get a toilet for his mother.

Highlights
The subject is relevant and it’s smartly twined with the safety for women. Feel good heartfelt moments like that dance on Aati Kya Khandala, the spirit of Kannu and his friends and more importantly the attitude of Sargam who even after going through the horrible experience of getting sexually molested decides to stand firm and move on with life normally, This is clap worthy indeed. This is what we need from a sensible mainstream filmmaker like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and he does it fantastically. The movie also gives a déjà vu of movies like AB DILLI DUR NAHIN where a child moves to New Delhi to get justice from the Prime Minster. The camaraderie between the kids and moments between Sargam and Pappu (Niteesh Wadhwa) are charming. The sequence involving Atul Kulkarni is weaved with heart.

Performances
Om Kanojiya is charming, Adarsh Bharti (Ringtone) is a delight, Prasad (Nirala) is lovable. And last but not the least from this gang is Syna Anand (Mangala) - absolutely fabulous in whatever footage she gets. Anjali Patil showcases her brilliance once again. Atul Kulkarni is fantastic and wins heart. Rasika Agashe chips in with valuable support.

Technicalities
Finely crafted, cinematography by Pawel Dyllus is just brilliant. The telling shot of kids enjoying in those humble surroundings while planes fly past depicts the divide and a perfect example of telling bigger things from a smaller frame – the micro to macro approach. Editing by Meghna Manchanda Sen is lazy.

Music of Mere Pyare Prime Minister
Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music is just passable. 'Bajaa Bajaa Bajaa Dhol Bajaa Re' is the pick of the lot that reminds of the classic 'Are Ja Re Hat Natkhat' from V Shantaram’s 1959 musical masterpiece NAVRANG.

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Flaws
When the main dish is so relishing why waste time on boring starters. MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER takes too much time to come to the point. The first half goes on and on and on. Why? The movie is lamentably 20 mins long at least. What the hell was Makrand Deshpande doing over here? we missed Syna Anand - Mangala so much.

Final words
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra never claimed that MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER could be the SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE that Bollywood wanted, but it could have been the case looking at the subject it had, or it could have been the modern version of Mira Nair’s SALAAM BOMBAY! Or a tribute to 1981 CHAKRA that starred the ever haunting Smita Patil, but that’s not the case. Still, it has its heart at the right place and is an endearingly relevant letter to the Prime Minister. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mann Ki Baat has a heart.

Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Om Kanojiya
  • Actress: Anjali Patil
  • Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
  • Release Date : 15 Mar 2019
  • Movie Duration : 2 hr 10m