A dig at the "khap" reality, the movie succeeds in bringing to life the political satire in Indian countryside. It makes you wonder if India would ever get rid of it’s superstitions and wayward thinking. The movie starts with a good story line but loses it’s way before the interval. The satire begins only in the second half of the movie, when you begin to see what the director is actually trying to portray. A bold depiction of reality as corruption and political influence set every wrong, right in the eyes of police and society.
Director Vinod Kapri shows us why he is a National Award winner, as he tries to create a thought-provoking tale set in the village of Tanakpur. A married woman, Maya (Harshitaa Bhatt) is in love with Arjun Prasad (Rahul Bagga). Her husband, the village ‘sarpanch’ Sualaal Gandass (Annu Kapoor) is an old man who is a true politician. Sanjay Mishra and Ravi Kishan act as his side kicks as he tries to shame his wife’s lover. First, he creates a false rape case and then tries to get Arjun married. The characters have been carefully chosen and they do justice to their roles.
In all the mindlessness that follows in the quest to shame Arjun, we witness three main things. First the corruption in the police system that is highlighted time and again through Matang Singh’s (Om Puri) under the table palm greasing. Then, the sad state of Indian judiciary that has to take up the case of the buffalo being raped on the pretext that the buffalo is ‘temotised’. And third, the death of Arjun’s father. It is painful but brilliantly depicted, in a sense, it is the portrayal of the noose around a common man’s neck that is slowly pulled by society and police.
Having said this, we wonder if a lot more could have been done with the first half of the movie that seems like it has just been put together to showcase different issues. The songs in the movie are unnecessary and leave you with the taste of a B-grade film. The part about "khap" panchayat in the second half is hurried and looks like it has been rushed over. Just when you start enjoying it, the movie ends.
Why should you watch this film?
Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho is a thought-provoking tale which takes you through the current struggles in the Indian countryside. The satire is subtle and makes you think. If you’re in the mood for substance cinema and are tired of masala flicks, you need to catch this show over the weekend.