Plot = Kanhaiya a.ka. Kahnu (Om Kanojiya), is a dharavi based teenage boy, who sells newspapers for a living, distributes free packets of condoms in his vicinity in exchange of some bucks and is innocent to scream so loudly, that his voice can reach the moon.
Kanhaiya writes a letter to the Prime Minister, requesting him to build a toilet for his mother Sargam (Anjali Patil), so that she is not required to defecate in the open.
Will the Prime Minister consider Kanhaiya’s request or is there something else written in his fate?
Opinion = Honestly stating, I had close to no expectations from this movie, since the trailer of this movie was also below average.
But, to my surprise, the movie is extremely impressive.
It belongs to the league of those movies, which get their basics right and are able to convey their message in a very clear and subtle way.
The entire movie showcases the challenges faced by Indian Women related to sanitation and hygiene, in a satirical manner.
At the surface, we can state that the plot is inspired from TOILET: EK PREM KATHA, but it’s only at the surface level.
The story has novelty and a very clear and thought provoking message for the audience.
The first half of the movie is very harsh and anti – political, maybe that is the reason the second half is made on a lighter note, with the climax, pleasing the existing government.
It’s a must watch for PM MODI and his logically blind BHAKTS, to understand the basic thing that, we do not require tall STATUES in our country, but we want social security and hygiene for our women, on top priority!
Performances = If your intention of making a movie is pure, the message you want to convey with your craft is clear, then you need an ensemble possessing the right amount of adroitness in making your vision, a reality.
The movie relies heavily on the performances of Kanhaiya and his Mother Sargam and both the lead characters, played by Om Kanojiya & Anjali Patil respectively, have given a “performance of a lifetime”. It’s definitely an award – winning performance of both the actors.
The supporting cast also played their part very well, but the makers were not able to utilize the talent of potent actors like Makrand Deshpande and Atul Kulkarni, optimally.
Direction & Other Technical Aspects = Since the project is helmed by Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, it was the only motivating factor for me, while taking a decision of reviewing this flick.
Truly, Mr. Mehra has not disappointed me. In fact, I am feeling that if for any XYZ reasons, I had skipped this flick, then I would have not lost a movie, but a gem.
Even after being made on a shoe-string budget, the movie is technically sophisticated with the cameraman capturing beautiful shots of the narrow lanes of Dharavi.
Rowdy Rating = 4 / 5