MARD KO DARD NAHI HOTA
Director: Vasan Bala
Starring: Abhimanyu Dasani, Radhika Madan, Gulshan Devaiah, Mahesh Manjrekar
Written by: Vasan Bala
MARD KO DARD NAHI HOTA is an India’s take on the genre of Superhero-Black Comedy. The film is the story of Surya (Abhimanyu Dassani) who is born with the rare defect called congenital insensitivity to pain, which means, he can’t feel pain. His father Jatin (Jimit Trivedi) is therefore very cautious about him. Having lost his wife and Surya’s mother (Shweta Basu Prasad) days after Surya is born, his father is hence even more concerned. But Surya’s grandfather (Mahesh Manjrekar) has a rather unconventional way of parenting. Surya has grown up on his grandfather’s collection of vintage VHS action films from 70’s and 80’s, dreams of developing hi smartial arts skills and tracking down the street mugger who caused his mother’s death. In school, Surya would often get bullied by his classmates because of his condition and the only one to come to his rescue would be his best friend Supri (Radhika Madan). She however has an abusive father and in trying to help her, Surya screws things even more. Fast forward a decade and here is Surya’s superhero fantasy is far from over. Jatin falls in love with a woman and wants Surya and his grandfather to meet her once. But something happens and the grandfather is taken away by the cops, meanwhile Surya runs into Supri who is putting up poster of Karate Mani (Gulshan Devaiah), who Surya idolizes. Surya decides to meet Karate Mani immediately, but upon reaching there the find the dojo ransacked and Karate Mani injured and tortured by his evil twin brother Jimmy (Gulshan Devaiah). What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The story of MARD KO DARD NAHI HOTA is unlike anyone has ever seen in Bollywood. The film opens on a fun note. The childhood sequences are fun to watch as well. The first half is a build up to the second half where the film gets really interesting. The fight sequences are quite realistic. All in all, MARD KO DARD NAHI HOTA is a fun ride.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Jay I. Patel is decent. Editing by Prerna Saigal is good but could have been more crisp. Action is one of the highlights of the film and it will be loved by the audiences. The production design is realistic. The songs are fine when watching the film but they aren’t really chartbuster worthy. Rappan Rappi Rap is the pick of the lot followed by Tere Liye which is a touching song.
Performance wise, the film is decent. Abhimanyu Dasani makes a really confident debut and is impressive in the film. Radhika Madan gives a great performance as well and is quite entertaining, and has some great action sequences of her own. Gulshan Devaiah’s double act is great and he’s especially great as the antagonist. Mahesh Manjrekar seems to be at his best. Jimit Trivedi is also good in his act. The rest of the cast offer able support.
Director Vasan Bala has made a good film on this interesting idea. He has directed it brilliantly and it is his treatment of the film that makes it an even more interesting watch. Despite the film not having the best of plotlines, he’s made sure that the film is entertaining.
At the box-office
The film has opened to dull houses and will need its word of mouth to help it achieve some sort of stability in the longer run.