Tapping into the middle class’ increasing frustration over rapid inflation, Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga, directed by debutant Anshul Sharma, is a well-intentioned satire constructed around a promising premise. But the film’s writers fail to build on their clever central idea, and ultimately deliver an undercooked script that lacks the consistent wit of 2010’s Phas Gaye Re Obama, that tongue-in-cheek take on recession, set in the world of UP gangsters.

This story unfolds in a small town in Sonipat, Haryana, where Puttanpal (Sanjay Mishra), a state-employed cattle breeder is struggling to make ends meet even with the additional income his wife earns running a small beauty parlor from home. When he learns about a 3-year interest-free loan that the government is offering to enable young entrepreneurs set up their own business, he applies for one in the name of his good-for-nothing younger brother on the pretext of setting up a shop. With this cash, the family stocks up on groceries and provisions to last them three years, so as to protect themselves against rising prices. But when a loan inspection officer (Zakir Hussain) comes around to check the new business, the family must set up a fake shop, only pretending to sell their supplies, in order to get him off their back.
Setting up a believable but amusing portrait of a community straining against hard times, director Anshul Sharma draws you into his world with nicely etched characters. Like Puttanpal’s beautician wife (Pragati Pandey), who offers cost-effective solutions to brides to look good on their big day. Or the town’s deluded bicycle repairman, who conducts dharnas in the square, demanding that black money stashed away in foreign banks be distributed among citizens. Or even Puttanpal’s crabby father, who’s permanently at the end of his patience.
The atmosphere and the characters in the film have an authentic texture, but the story itself is half-baked. There’s little meat in that romantic subplot between Puttanpal’s brother and the daughter of the local grocer. And the film’s climax is a melodramatic mess in which our protagonist delivers a long, impassioned monologue on inflation. The idea of hoarding as a means to combat rising prices is an interesting one, but the script never goes beyond that idea, making the same point in another subplot about dowry demands for an arranged marriage.
Sanjay Mishra is in good form as Puttanpal, and you’ll be surprised by moments of real tenderness in the scenes between him and his supportive wife. There are laughs to be had in the family’s many attempts to fool the loan inspection officer, and some dialogue is simply crackling. Still, the film never becomes more than the sum of its parts, and the blame for that rests squarely with the writing.
I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga. It’s not a bad film at all; it’s just not as good as it could’ve been.

кредитная карта сбербанка сочи 2014экспресс кредит за часдоговор банковского вклада авторефератзаказ кредитной карты онлайн

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Rajeev Masand

  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Omerta

    Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Keval Arora, Rajesh Tailang, Blake Allan Director: Hansal Mehta In his new film Omerta, director Hansal Mehta seeks to dive into...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of 102 Not Out

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi Director: Umesh Shukla Let’s just face it Hindi cinema doesn’t know what to do with senior...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Avengers: Infinity War

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe...

    BMS EditorApril 26, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Beyond The Clouds

    Cast: Ishaan Khattar, Malavika Mohanan, Goutam Ghose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, GV Sharada, Amruta Santosh Thakur, Shivam Pujari Director: Majid Majidi Iranian master Majid Majidi,...

    BMS EditorApril 21, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of October

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao Director: Shoojit Sircar October, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is a thoughtful, meditative film about...

    BMS EditorApril 13, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Blackmail

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta, Pradhuman Singh, Anjula Sathe, Gajraj Rao, Omi Vaidya, Vibha Chibbar, Neelima Azim Director: Abhinay...

    BMS EditorApril 6, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Baaghi 2

    Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal, Prateik Babbar, Darshan Kumaar, Vipin Sharma Director: Ahmed Khan. A distraught young...

    BMS EditorApril 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Pacific Rim Uprising

    Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman Director: Steven S DeKnight I’m one of those who thoroughly...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Hichki

    Cast: Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kabi, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Harsh Mayar Director: Siddharth P Malhotra There is nothing original, nothing surprising, nothing even...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2018 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
WordPress Popup