Film: Khichdi

Director: Aatish Kapadia

Cast: Supriya Pathak, Anang Desai, Nimisha Vakharia, Rajeev Mehta, JD Majethia, Kesar Majethia, Markhand Soni

Rating: Good


Supreeta Singh

It’s a laugh riot. Even if you are not a huge fan of Khichdi the television series, the endearing and funny Parekh family in the film will win your heart. Their outrageous characteristics, hilarious conversations and crazy shenanigans will crack you up every minute of the two-hour long movie. This is the first time that a popular television sit-com has been adapted for the big screen and producer and actor JD Majethia must be applauded for accomplishing it without many hiccups. Khichdi: The Movie is a clean family entertainer rarely seen on Indian screens. Although it does not have a strong storyline to recommend it, what makes the film work is the way it is executed. It is a twisted tale of romance where all that goes well is turned into a mess. Himanshu (JD Majethia) wants to get married but his wants that his should be a legendary love story that has all ingredients of a masala film, like family objection, separation and final union of the two lovers. Unfortunately for him, when he meets the girl of his dreams everything falls into place smoothly. There is no family feud, their marriage gets fixed and everyone is happy. How Himanshu fulfills his dream of a dramatic love story with the help of his family is the film’s main story. The strongest points of the film are its script and acting. Director-writer Aatish Kapadia has enough one-liners and jokes that will keep the audience rocking in their chairs. There are no obscene dialogues, no sexual puns or innuendoes that are liberally used in some of the recent Bollywood comedy films. Even Gujaratis and Punjabis who are the butt of many of the jokes, will enjoy the film immensely too. Supriya Pathak as Hansa and Rajeev Mehta as Prafull share a chemistry that will give many established couples a run for their money. Anang Desai as the frustrated Babuji and Nimisha Vakharia as the comparatively more sensible Jaysree are perfect in their acts. Kesar Majethia and Markhand Soni (as Jacky and Chukki) who narrate the story are delightful. Watch out for the 50 Parminders, one of whom (Kirti Kulhari) becomes the beau of Himanshu. Their romantic exchanges consist of food and masala while the background music plays typical Bollywood strains. It is very cleverly done. Two incidents that stand out are when Satish Shah’s Ishwar arrives at the Parekh family’s house and the court scene where Hansa defends Himanshu. The most interesting thing about the film is that it does not have a single big star who supposedly draws big money. The film rides entirely on the shoulder of all the actors who are character artists. Cameo appearance by Farah Khan, Deven Bhojani and Paresh Ganatra are noteworthy. In any other mainstream Bollywood film they would have been relegated to secondary positions but here they prove their mettle with aplomb.