KHAJOOR PE ATKE
Directed By: Harsh Chhaya
Starring: Manoj Pahwa, Vinay Pathak, Seema Pahwa, Sanah Kapoor, Dolly Alhuwalia
Writer: Harsh Chhaya
Welcome Friends Productions and S.O.I.E’s KHAJOOR PE ATKE is comedy film which revolves around a family, on hearing the news that one family member named Devendra in Mumbai is admitted to hospital and can pass off anytime soon, his brothers Jeetendra (Manoj Pahwa), Ravindra (Vinay Pathak) and Sister Lalita (Dolly Ahluwalia) rush down to Mumbai with their respective family for support, however Devendra’s family will prefer not to deal with them all at once and also the final decision of the ancestral family depends on the dying brother. However when the situation of the patient neither improves nor passes away, life of everyone is stuck in a state of flux as they can neither enjoy being in Mumbai nor can go back to their respective cities. Jeetendra and Sushila’s (Seema Pahwa) daughter Nayantra (Sanah Kapoor) has her own dreams of becoming a Bollywood star which she tries to fulfill with the help of her shady Facebook friend and their son along with his cousin gets excited by the city Mumbai as they come from small town and gets themselves into trouble several times, as their parents wait for the doctor’s verdict on their brother Devendra. The film shows what a typical family goes through when such a situation arises, as they have to be politically correct at the outside but are frustrated and restless from inside due to increasing uncertainties. However the films lacks fun, there is a lot of chaos created to ignite laughter but apart from two or three scenes the film does not provide much laughter.
Technically the film is okay, editing is fine and music is okay, it goes with the flow of the film. However the writer drags the plot of the film too much and lacks humor.
Performances wise Manoj Pahwa and Seema Pahwa stand out, they have a natural spark in them which helps him look funny, even when they aren’t saying anything their facial expressions make us laugh and they are very well supported by Vinay Pathak and Sanah Kapoor, she is a delight to watch and the rest of the cast play their part well.
Debut director Harsh Chhaya fails to make it a memorable one, the direction is okay. He could not find a balance between presenting it as an emotional film or a comedy film. The film neither makes us emotional nor does make us laugh a lot.