Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Produced by Vishal Bhardwaj
Fox Star Studios
Written by Vishal Bhardwaj
(Dialogue)
Screenplay by Vishal Bhardwaj
Abhishek Chaubey
Story by Vishal Bhardwaj
Abhishek Chaubey
Starring Pankaj Kapur
Imran Khan
Anushka Sharma
Arya Babbar
Shabana Azmi
Navneet Nishan
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Cinematography Kartik Vijay
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production
company
Distributed by Fox Star Studios
ShowMaker Pictures
Release dates
  • 11 January 2013 (2013-01-11)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR45 crore (US$7.3 million)[1][2]
Box office INR42.5 crore (US$6.9 million) (Domestic gross)[1]

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola[3] is a 2013 Bollywood political satire film produced by Vishal Bhardwaj along with Fox Star Studios. Besides co-producing, Bhardwaj has also directed, co-scripted and scored the music for the film. The film stars Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma in the titular roles, while Arya Babbar and Shabana Azmi play supporting roles. The film was released worldwide on 11 January 2013.

Plot[edit]

The film tells the story of three individuals, Harphool Singh Mandola a.k.a. Harry (Pankaj Kapur), his daughter, Bijlee Mandola (Anushka Sharma) and Hukum Singh Matru (Imran Khan) known in short as 'Matru'. Harry is a wealthy, cynical businessman who dreams of turning the Mandola village (named after his family) into a shining example of his success and a microcosm of a fledgeling economy in itself. But this dream can only be realised if the villagers agree to sell their land to the government at unfairly low rates in order for the land to be converted into a Special Economic Zone.

While being the shrewd, sophisticated and composed individual that Harry normally is, he is also quite fond of drinking. Whenever drunk, he turns into the advocate of equality and betterment of the villagers, but regrets these thoughts and deeds when sober. When he chooses not to drink he hallucinates, as a withdrawal symptom, about a pink buffalo 'Gulabo', the mascot of the brand of alcohol that he enjoys. The knowledge of these hallucinations are later used by Matru as a ploy to get Harry drunk in order to serve his own plans.

Bijlee Mandola is the only child of Harry Mandola. She lost her mother when she was young and now lives in Mandola village after having received a higher education in New Delhi and later in Oxford, England. Bijlee is now in love with Baadal (Arya Babbar), the son of a politician Chaudhari Devi (Shabana Azmi) and is all set to marry him.

Chaudhari Devi is a corrupt politician who, along with her obedients, is helping Harry realise his dream. Baadal and Bijlee's union is strategically apt as it serves Harry's and Chaudhari Devi's personal goals. While Chaudhari Devi conspires to control Harry's wealth by marrying her son to his daughter, Harry seeks Chaudhari Devi's help in realising his dream in exchange for their children's marriage.

Matru is a revolutionary, fighting for the villagers' cause of not letting their land being taken away. He is educated in Law from JNU, holds a job as Harry's driver and is responsible for regulating Harry's drinking. Matru's revolutionary instincts are shown to be significantly influenced by those of Mao Tse Tung.

The film starts with a negotiation at a liquor shop set in crop laden fields, between the liquor shop owner and a heavily drunk Harry. The shop owner's rude refusal to sell alcohol to Harry due to the day being a dry day, provokes Harry to run his Limousine into the shop.

Once drunk, Harry is shown to be an entirely different individual, who wants the land of the villagers to be returned to them, Matru to marry Bijlee while himself to retire into a religious man.

The villagers, in their fight are supported and advised by Mao who regularly sends messages to the villagers, written on cloth. Later in the film it is revealed that Mao is none other than Matru who is advising the villagers without revealing himself in order to retain the key position as Harry's aide.

Bijlee's love for Baadal is depicted to be a contradiction to her subtle, probably subconscious, knowledge of Baadal's incompatibility with her. This subtle thought aggravated by Baadal's affiliation and acts supporting his mother's corrupt cause, overpowers Bijlee's will to marry him and polarises her into helping Matru and the villagers instead. After this polarisation, seeing Chaudhari Devi and Baadal's ambitions now with more clarity and while helping Matru and the villagers, Bijlee falls in love with Matru.

Although they have the help of Matru, his college friends and Bijlee, the villagers lose their entire harvest to an unexpected rain storm. This harvest, which would have fetched enough money to settle their debts to the government bank and still some more for their own survival, is now completely destroyed. Thus the villagers are forced to surrender their land, against their will, to the government in order to settle their debts.

Later, discovering Bijlee's alliance with the villagers, Chaudhari Devi, now cautious, decides to finalise the decree to convert the now acquired land into an SEZ only once Bijlee and Baadal are married.

All this builds up the tension leading up to the wedding at the climax wherein Matru and the villagers have a plan to get Harry drunk who will then call off the wedding. This plan apparently works and Harry is shown to be drunk, succumbing to Matru and the villagers' plan. Now while drunk, he enters the wedding venue, calls off the wedding, chases away Chaudhari Devi, Baadal and their supporters and decides to get Bijlee and Matru married. Consequently, upon refusal by Matru on the pretext that Harry will not feel the same way about him and Bijlee when sober, Harry, to everyone's surprise, reveals that he had sworn on Bijlee to not consume even a drop of alcohol and has stood by his word, in turn revealing that while he did all that he did appearing to be drunk, he wasn't drunk at all in the first place.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

The film was released on 11 January 2013.

Trailers and release[edit]

The first trailer of the film was released on YouTube in October 2012 which created a lot of buzz.

Anushka, about her character in the film, said "I play a strong, bull-headed, outspoken girl in the film. My look highlights the bold approach of the character." The actress also seemed appreciative of Imran's look. "Imran looks hot", she said. In the movie, Anushka Sharma will be sporting a tattoo on her lower waist which reads "Dekho Magar Pyaar Se" ("Look, but with affection"), which was unveiled in a press conference on 4 December 2012.

One other thing which caught the attention of people was the pink buffalo, "Gulabi Bhains".

The Censor Board of India gave the film an 'A' (Adult) certificate, which director Vishal Bhardwaj refused;[4] therefore the film was rechecked and was given a U/A certificate by the Censor Board.

Soundtrack[edit]

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Soundtrack album by Vishal Bhardwaj
Label Sony Music India
Producer Hitesh Sonik, Clinton Cerejo

The film's music was composed by Vishal Bhardwaj with lyrics by Gulzar. The soundtrack was released by Sony Music. The title song, by Sukhwinder Singh and Ranjit Barot, was released as a single track on 30 November 2012. Another single track, "Oye Boy Charlie", by Rekha Bhardwaj, Mohit Chauhan and Shankar Mahadevan was released on 12 December 2012. The full album was released on 19 December 2012 on Saavn.com. Musicperk.com rated the album 8/10, saying it is "Well-worth a listen".[5]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola"   Sukhwinder Singh, Ranjit Barot 3:52
2. "Oye Boy Charlie"   Rekha Bhardwaj, Mohit Chauhan, Shankar Mahadevan 5:44
3. "Khamakha[6]"   Vishal Bhardwaj, Prem Dehati 5:59
4. "Lootnewale"   Sukhwinder Singh, Master Saleem 4:06
5. "Shara-Rara-Ra"   Prem Dehati 1:29
6. "Badal Uthiya"   Rekha Bhardwaj 3:18
7. "Chaar Dina Ki"   Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan, Prem Dehati 2:05
8. "Chor Police"   Pankaj Kapur 0:58
9. "Nomvula"   African Umoja 1:40
10. "Badal Uthiya (Reprise)"   Prem Dehati 3:18
11. "Lootnewale (Reprise)"   Sukhwinder Singh 1:59

Critical reception[edit]

Raja Sen for Rediff.com awarded it 4/5 stars, opining Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola has enough substance to warrant repeated viewings.[7] Anupama Chopra of the Hindustan Times rated the movie 2.5/5. She reasoned that "Parts of the film soar, but many are saggy and ultimately I was just underwhelmed."[8]

Box office[edit]

India[edit]

Matru Ki Beejlee Ka Mandola opened below the mark where business at multiplexes was much better than single screens.[9] It collected INR9.56 crore (US$1.5 million) on its opening day.[10] It's little growth on its second day managed around INR10.50 crore (US$1.7 million) net.[11] The film had a first weekend with a collection of INR29.4 crore (US$4.8 million) including paid previews.[12] The film netted around INR41.61 crore (US$6.7 million) in its first week.[13] It further dropped 87% and netted around INR4.75 crore (US$770,000) in its second weekend.[14] It netted INR9 crore (US$1.5 million) in its second week.[15] It earned INR49 crore (US$7.9 million) at the end of its run in domestic market.[16]

Overseas[edit]

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola collected $1.5 million in first 10 days of release overseas, as reported by Box Office India.[17]

Box office reception[edit]

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

VERDICT: BELOW AVERAGE

Release Date: 11 January 2013 Opening Weekend: Rs 21.50Crores Opening Week: Rs 32.27Crores Lifetime: Rs 40Crores

COST VS REVENUES Cost of Production/Acquisition: Rs 28Crores Prints & Advertisement: Rs 16Crores Total Cost to Producer: Rs 44Crores

REVENUES India Theatrical: Rs 18Crores Satellite: Rs 15Crores (pre-sold) Music & Home Video: Rs 5Crs Overseas Collections: Rs 4Crs

Total Gross Revenue: Rs 42Crs Total Loss: Rs 2Crs

Observations 1. The music didn’t really culminate in box-office numbers. 2. The main protagonist was Pankaj Kapur, not Imran Khan. 3. Amount fetched from Satellite Rights saves it somewhat but still a losing proportion due to unimpressive Overseas and Domestic theatrical run. 4. Sub-distributors who acquired the movie on MG basis for a high cost will end up losing more than 25-40 per cent of their investment.

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