Kaun Kitney Paani Mein: Film Review – Low on water, high on humor!

Asli Raja Woh Jiske Pass Paani!” – this line perfectly defines the theme of the film. Yes, Kaun Kitney Paani Mein is a comical satire that takes a dig at the water problems increasingly arising in our nation. The film traces the story of a village in which the local currency is Water. And this isn’t the only issue infesting the village; the oppressive caste system is also one of the issues that the story deals with.

Set in Odisha, the director takes us through a quick recap of the events that precede the film’s main story: the village head – ‘the King’- rules the land and the lower caste people serve his needs. However, things turn ugly when the King’s daughter falls in love with one of the workers. This results in not only the execution of the lovers, but also a rift between the two communities. And by rift, I mean a wall, which is built to divide the village. Thereafter, the movie takes us on a rib-tickling ride with the King wasting barrels of water, while the other side worships the rain gods and maximizes their use of resources.

The story is very simple and to the point. But infusing the subject with a twist of humor makes it an interesting watch. Especially the first half of the film, as the story builds up beautifully. But the second part might leave you irritated because of an overdose of melodrama. However, these flaws can be overlooked, considering the efforts put in by the director to bring up the issue.

Veterans like Saurabh Shukla and Gulshan Grover do a commendable job with their characters. Their war for water and bang-on comic timing will leave you in splits at times. Kunal Kapoor deserves a special mention as well. The actor makes a promising comeback alongside Bollywood’s new found talent, Radhika Apte. The actress delivers a stupendous performance.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Kaun Kitney Paani Mein is a commendable attempt by the director to spread awareness about water politics. Flavored with the right amount of humor and enlivened by Saurabh Shukla’s hilarious shenanigans, this satire is definitely worth a watch this weekend!

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