Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola deals with the serious issues of land grabbing, truth behind industrial development, Special Economic Zones and the nexus between corrupt politicians and bureaucracy.
Director Vishal Bhardwaj always brings something new to the cinema. Whether it compels the audience or not, it always creates a stir. His new venture Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is no other exception. The movie seriously evokes the issues of land grabbing and the real truth behind the so-called growth and development of new India.
The movie’s plot revolves around a rich guy named Mandola after whom the village has been named. His aspirations and greed to develop the village into an industrial area creates a conflict between him and the villagers. A communist wave arises in the village and takes the shape of a revolution against him. But the tale has a twist- Mandola becomes the most sober man after drinking. To control his drinking, he hires an educated guy named Matru (Imran Khan) who is also a childhood friend of his daughter Bijlee. The land grabbing issue also involves a politician, her son and corrupt officials. All these characters together create the dramatic sequences to emphasise on the social issues.
Pankaj Kapoor as Mandola stands out at the top. He is natural as ever, and plays the character with utmost ease. Politician Shabana Azmi, another competent actor, who plays the part with complete grace, has given another beautiful performance. Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma and Arya Babbar also fit in their part on a good note.
The movie is symbolic on numerous occasions and the audience needs to be very attentive to never miss those key points. The ‘pink buffalo’ itself is an innovative idea by the great director who symbolizes the psychology of mankind after leaving a bad habit. Also watch out the scene in which Shabana Azmi educates her son about the importance of corruption in the growth and development.
It’s a movie for a niche audience and worth applauding for a great attempt by director Vishal Bhardwaj.