Mere Dad Ki Maruti

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Mere Dad Ki Maruti
Release date: March 15, 2013
Directed by: Ashima Chibber
Cast: Rhea Chakraborty, Saqib Saleem, Prabal Panjabi, Ram Kapoor, Ravi Kishan

Situated in a peppy, vehicle and song-dance obsessed Chandigarh, Sameer (Saqib Saleem) is the relatively inexperienced lover-boy in college who can ‘lock and pop and drop’ and the literal drop of hat. His friend Gattu (Prabal Panjabi) is also a copy of Sameer, except that his English is better and his name rhymes with Fattu, forcing him to be the wiser of the duo.

Sameer and everyone else in his college drools at the very mention of Jasleen (Rhea Chakraborty), or as she likes to correct everyone by responding with an “Itz Jazzleen”. Tej (Ram Kapoor) – Sameer’s loud and stereotypical dad has a family tradition of buying a new Maruti car for every major milestone. He buys a new Ertiga to gift his daughter for her marriage.

Sameer decides to impress the college queen in his dad’s new Maruti by sneaking it out at night for a party. This creates a scenario where the protagonist loses the car and keeps finding ways to not let his dad know of this escapade.

The writing is very witty, modern, and very high on twitter-sms lingo. There’s the usage of hashtags, twitter usernames and the very awkward condition of our youth who like to flaunt their grammatically incorrect English. And no, they’re as frigid as proposing their love by a “Baby, I’m not like you, I’m love you.” Cheap, real and funny!

The makers exploit the quintessential Punjabi machismo by making the leads step out of rotating cars, dress up to the nines with a hole in the head and the types. There’s an unnecessary focus on the film’s music, as the background score also consists of actual songs and there’s never a particularly silent moment. The camera work isn’t flashy, but it is compelling at the right moments.

There’s a small dampener, in the form of a heavy Punjabi feel to each department of the film, from Tej’s angry mouthings or Sameer’s “waste fail gayi” to all the sound mixing. If you’re not high on that, you might not buy into the film. The actor who shines out with his every shot is Prabal Panjabi as Sameer’s sidekick. The comedy flows in at all vital junctures and the screenplay, however simple it may be, never appears dull.

The individual performances along with the ‘hip’ dialogue make up for a very good film, with no major expectations. This Maruti is much like the ‘Life Utility Vehicle’ (sic) with its sincere effort.

My rating: ***1/2 (3.5 out of 5)

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