Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke is a decent effort

Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke is a decent effort

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Friday 12 March 2010

Movie Title

Na Ghar Ke Na Ghaat Ke is a decent effort


Rahul Aggarwal

Star Cast

Rahul Aggarwal, Ravi Kissen, Paresh Rawal, Narayani Shastri

In this sleepy UP village, when Devki Nandan Tripathi (Rahul Aggarwal) tells his family that he's going to the city to get his college results, they saddle him with a list of errands to do.

On learning that Devki has topped his class, his overbearing father, dutiful mother and younger sister are speechless. When he's about to leave village to take up a job as a supervisor at the Mausam Vibhag in Mumbai, his mother packs him food with five containers of pickle, while his father indulges in big-shehar (big city) advice.

Devki arrives in Mumbai and is put up with an always-in-trouble crook Madan Kachak (Ravi Kissen) in a one room-kitchen matchbox. When he goes back to the village for a vacation and recounts his life that is full of cooking, cleaning and working, the family makes a decision. He has to get married. And that, too, to his childhood friend whom he hasn't seen in years.

The real fun begins when the Mumbai police, while raiding a bar, arrests Devki's new bride (Narayani Shastri) along with the bar girls. Demands for proof of marriage lead to a photo album with the bride's face covered with a pallu. Though the entire village comes to the police station to plead on her behalf, the cop (Paresh Rawal) is determined to hold her.

The story then explores how simpleton Devki and his family devise a street-smart plan to release the new bride and beat the cop at his own game.

The story, which could have been charming and sweet, is disturbed by crude humour and repetitive dialogue. There is an old man in the village, for example, who keeps asking what's happening and is told to shut up because it's his age to die anyway.

Another unpalatable joke (constantly running through the film) is of an old village man lusting after actress Rekha.

However, there are plusses here. There are some nice touches like Devki peering out of his new Mumbai office, but seeing visions of his village. Again, Devki befriending a street boy only to be robbed by him is interesting. The songs (music by Lalit Pandit; lyrics by Mudassar Aziz) are fabulous.

Acting is good. Rahul Aggarwal gives a restrained rendering of the simple yet intelligent villager. Om Puri is strong as the domineering father, as is Paresh Rawal as the thick-skinned cop. Narayani Shastri holds her own and Ravi Kissen manages to make you laugh despite the high-pitched performance.

Alok Upadhyay's dialogue is interesting. When Devki and Goon first meet and can't understand a word of what each is saying, Devki says, ?Lagta hi nahin hai ki ek desh ke log baat kar rahe hain.?

Again, when the boss is shocked to see a ?single' Devki returning with a bride in ten days, Devki says, ?In this country we can choose our government after 18, but not our life partner.? Sweet. Clearly the inspiration is Hrishikesh Mukherjee's films where the protagonist is an everyman.

It's a good effort by producer-director-actor Rahul Aggarwal who brings in the bittersweet flavour of small-town simplicity clashing with big-city bullies. Funny at times, crude at others, it's a decent watch if you're willing to forgive the implausible finale.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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