FAMILY OF THAKURGANJ
Director: Manoj K. Jha
Starring: Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill, Nandish Singh, Saurabh Shukla, Supriya Pilgaonkar
Written by: Dilip Shukla
Set in the small town of Thakurganj, this drama revolves around the story of two brothers Nunnu (Jimmy Sheirgill) and Munnu (Nandish Singh); one law-abiding, the other a terror, they could well be from different planets. As they say, you can choose your friends, not family. After their father dies, Nannu takes to crime. He soon becomes a gangster who works for the powerful Baba Bhandari (Saurabh Shukla). Badri Pathak (Mukesh Tiwari) is his chief rival. Among Nannu’s many transgressions is a thriving extortion racket he runs with his wife (Mahie Gill). His mother supports his criminal ways, but law-abiding younger brother Munnu, who runs a coaching class, resents Nannu’s exploits. Corrupt police inspector Sajjan Singh (Yashpal Sharma) and contract killer Ballu Thapa (Raj Zutshi) are the other major players in the field. How circumstances change, putting the brothers through several obstacles, testing their faith in their respective beliefs forms the crux of the film.
The film promises to build its drama around conflict, intrigue and suspense, with apt doses of humour and violence thrown in, but then it fails to capitalize on it or rather, fails to bring out on the screen what it had intended to do. This film feels like a tired retread on all counts and just wastes away the talents of the ensemble cast. One fails to see the motive behind the story and you also wonder, what is it that it tries to say. It also feels like is this a spoof on the gangster films and the question then becomes was it intended or did it just happen?
Technically, the film is okay. Cinematography by Yogesh Jani is average. Editing by Chandrashekhar Prajapati is okay and it could have been better. The film is too long for the kind of story it has and with it not being engaging either. Talking about story, the film’s plot had the potential but the makers couldn’t weave it together properly and to add on top of that, the script has been badly written too. The music in the film isn’t worth mentioning.
The performances from the cast were decent. The performances are what somewhat elevate the film. Jimmy Sheirgill is good in his role and plays his part with honesty. Mahie Gill is decent as well and she gives her best. Saurabh Shukla is great as ever and as expected. But the common thing between the three is that they have been limited by the writing and haven’t been able to perform upto their full potential and also, they might be getting feelings of Déjà vu, playing their roles here. Nandish Singh can’t really hold his own here. Supriya Pilgaonkar is decent in her role and is let down by bad writing as well.
Director Manoj K. Jha could neither keep the story tight nor could he get the treatment of the film right.
At the box-office
The film has taken a sluggish start and will find going tough.