|An entertaining joyride, Mere Dad Ki Maruti keeps viewers glued
to the proceedings and raises quite a many laughs too!
The story of the movie: It's celebration time at the Khullars’
residence as Tej’s (Ram Kapoor) daughter Tanvi (Benazir Shaikh) is
getting married to Raj (Karan Mehra) in a few days. Tej orders a
Maruti Ertiga car as a wedding gift for the newly married couple, much
to the annoyance of his son Samir (Saqib Saleem) who is on his
father’s permanent black list. In college, he gets an opportunity to
go on a date with the hot Jazzleen (Rhea Chakraborty). Saqib, in order
to make the best impression, surreptitiously takes Jazzleen out in the
brand new Ertiga without his father’s knowledge. Trouble begins when
Samir loses the car. With the sangeet the next day and the
wedding nearing, Samir is in a race against time to find the car or
get a new one, through hook or by crook. Will he succeed? And what if
he doesn’t? How will Tej react?
Mere Dad Ki Maruti is just around 100 minutes and moves
swiftly and packs in a lot in limited time. There is no place for
double meaning jokes. It’s a clean family entertainer and boasts of
situations, people and settings that are as real as possible. One of
the surprising aspects of the film is that it is in many ways a
musical! The songs are neatly incorporated in the film and in other
places, it’s the lively background score that keeps the goings-on
peppy and energetic.
The film picks up as soon as Samir decides to steal the car and
later loses it. Again, everything looks quite convincing; even the
manner in which the sedan vanishes. The jugaad that Samir,
Gattu (Prabal Panjabi) and Jazzleen have to undertake in order to hide
the bitter truth from Tej is interesting and the hilarious situations
it leads to, is quite a treat. The conflicts and the dream sequence in
the pre-climax are worth a watch and as one hoped, the film goes on a
high during the climax.
Talking of blemishes, the film is too quick at places and doesn’t
give sufficient time to viewers to digest the proceedings well. The
beginning portion, except Ram Kapoor’s entry, is strictly okay.
Everything that happens in the film has logic except how Sameer had
the duplicate number plate ready, as if he anticipated that things
would go wrong. Lastly, Hussain Bhai (Ravi Kissen) was an interesting
character, introduced later in the film, but the manner in which his
track concludes, seemed abrupt.
Saqib Saleem rocked in Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge and he does
a good job in Mere Dad Ki Maruti. His biggest strength is his
comic timing and he ensures he exhibits the same at the apt place in
the apt manner. The actor has already bagged Karan Johar’s short film
(to be released during 100 years of Indian Cinema celebrations) and
hope we get to see him more in well-made films! Ram Kapoor is terrific
to say the least. The talented actor has always delivered memorable
performances but Mere Dad Ki Maruti is in a different league
altogether. Hats off! Rhea Chakraborty does a super-confident debut
and does justice to her ‘Chandigarh ki shakira’ character. A charming
performance indeed! Prabal Panjabi is hilarious and has a significant
role to play in the film. Watch out! Ravi Kissen does fantastic in the
small role. Karan Mehra was alright initially but does a great job in
the finale. Benazir Shaikh, Ritu Khanna Vij (Shalu) and others do
pitch in adequate support.
Sachin Gupta’s music is energetic and in sync with the mood of the
film. Rajeev Surti’s cinematography is appealing. The beautiful
locales of Chandigarh are wonderfully captured and shot. Neeraj
Udhwani’s story is impressive and screenplay (Neeraj Udhwani, Pooja
Desai, Ashima Chibber) more or less do justice to the plot. Ishita
Moitra’s dialogues are one of the high-points and are immensely
hilarious! Ashima Chibber’s direction is neat but is too fast-paced to
register impact in few sequences. But its praiseworthy how the film
never gets unconvincing or over the top at any place. Also, the film
isn’t just replete with funny and maddening moments. The film has a
soul and does get a bit mellow at few places. But again, it’s all done
neatly and realistically. Overall, a decent effort by Ashima and hope
to see her soon with her next venture!
On the whole, Mere Dad Ki Maruti is a clean and decent entertainer
that succeeds in giving viewers’ their money’s worth. The film moves
swiftly and packs in a lot in 100 minutes which is a major strength
along with the performances, dialogues and music score. So, hop in to
this ‘Maruti’ and get ready for an entertaining ‘ride’!