MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Starring: Anjali Patil, Om Kanojia, Atul Kulkarni, Makrand Deshpande
Written by: Manoj Mairta, Hussain Dalal, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER is a story based on the topic of open defecation in India. Kanhu (Om Kanojiya) lives with his mother Sargam (Anjali Patil) in a slum in Mumbai called Gandhinagar. One night, Sargam is sexually violated when she goes out at night to defecate After this incident, takes it on himself to build a toilet for her and other women of the slums, so as to this incident doesn’t take place with any other woman again. He wants the Prime Minister to hear about this and hence decides to write to him, as in his innocence he believes that he is the only one who can change the conditions and uplift the slums. He even travels from Mumbai to Delhi with his friends Ringtone (Adarsh Bharti) and Nirala(Prasad), to hand deliver the letter to the PM. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER is a well made film but the story seems to be a little weak. While it gives out a great message but falls short of being hard hitting that would inspire people to get off the couch and be serious about the issue of open defecation. The film also has that innocence factor playing for it as our main protagonist is a kid who has taken it on him to go out and change the world (at least, his world). The concept is great but it lacks somewhere in the final execution.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Pawel Dyllus is good. Editing by Meghna Manchanda Sen is decent as well. Again, the script could have been more fine tuned. The production design in the film was great. Music by Shakar-Ehsaan-Loy works well with the film.
Performances from the actors are great. Anjali Patil has is really good and has managed to play the various shades of her character nicely. The real star of the film is Om Kanojiya and he really steals the show with his performance. Adarsh Bharti and Prasad do great in their role of supporting Kanhu. The rest of the cast offers abled support.
Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has managed to make a decent film on this issue of open defecation in India. He has tried to make this point across to the audiences as plainly and honestly as possible and with child actors involved, it does just that, but somewhere he falls short of making it a hard hitting film. He has done great to get out such a brilliant performances from his actors, especially the children actors.
At the box-office
The film has opened to a lukewarm response and will find going though at the ticket windows.