Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Review & Rating
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota Review: So Good It's So Good
Have you watched Dharmendra's movies n the 1990s? Especially those action masala dramas of the same setting and same template directed by Kanti Shah? Well, every kid who grew up on all the 1990s Bollywood films will instantly connect with Vasan Bala directorial Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. The movie is simple. And complex all the same.
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota stars Abhimanyu Dassani, the son of early 1990s heartthrob Bhagyashree, and Radhika Madan of Pataakha fame. The movie is both intended as a tribute to and a satire on the 1990s Bollywood action films. Let's see if this internationally acclaimed Bollywood masala film works out well within the native market of India with Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota review.
The Surya Mani
Surya is an unfortunate youngster and like all good Bollywood movie heroes, he is an orphan. His mother died long ago and his father though good is overprotective to the extent of not allowing his son out of the reach of his eyesight. We mentioned the word unfortunate. He has a rare medical problem. It is termed as Congenital insensitivity to pain (anyone recalls The Millennium Series villain Ronald Niedermann?). That means he couldn't experience pain. Or express pain on his face.
Fearing, this may cause him a toy punching bag for school bullies, his father didn't send him to the school. He has apparently no connection with the outside world. But he is not unlearned (excuse the pun). He gets trained in all sorts of martial arts by his grandfather (maternal or paternal?) using various VHS tapes (Those who were born in the 1980s can remember those blocky video cassettes).
Every hero needs inspiration and this comes from a one-legged man known as karate Mani whom Surya watches once fighting 100 men at once. Despite not being trained in social relations, Surya interacts with his neighboring girl, Supri. Their budding friendship is cut off early courtesy a Bollywoody fashion. Surya once tries to protect his girlfriend or the only friend from her abusive father. We know how the separated childhood friends meet again if they are the hero and heroine of the film.
Before that, a word about Karate Mani. He becomes like a sort of idol for Surya. When Surya finally meets Karate Mani, Mani is in the grief of loss. A valuable locket (one which may not worth a nickel in reality but valuable because it was given to him by his father) was stolen from him by none other than his evil twin. Surya then and there decides to help his idol and vows to bring the locket back for Mani. How he does that and who helps him in the process form the rest of the story.
The stars of the show
The star of the film is Gulshan Devaiya who played the dual role of legendary Karate Mani and his evil twin Jimmy who is bad just because it's a lot of fun, you know? The names are also very accurately 1980ish (1990ish). He excelled as the cruel and pure villain Jimmy with all the tacky menace which worked out so well for this film. And as mani, he has his shining moment in the 100:1 fight sequence.
As for Abhimanyu Dassani, he is tack sharp in the role. He has the required screen presence and deliciously retro facial features. All he had to do was to follow the guidelines given in the script and he did amazingly well. His movements are graceful in the well-choreographed (really well choreographed) action sequences. As for dialogues he may need to improve his diction for future movies, in Mard, he uttered the fun lines with all the verve demanded by his character.
Radhika Madan is a revelation. She received a meaty role that of a superwoman to Surya's Superman. She kicked a lot many butts as the action heroine and delivered the dialogues with nonchalance. But it is her smile which infests your dreams in the nights to come. Beware before watching the film. We warned you. Her screen presence is mesmerizing. She had sparkling chemistry (and of course hilarious) with Abhimanyu.
Now comes another star of the show. The Obi-wan Kenobi who trained our hero with fairytales and helped him learn martial arts. That is... Mahesh Manjrekar who played the role of Surya's grandfather. He has all the best dialogues of the script and he uttered them with wicked mastery. There are ROFLMAO moments around the corner every time he appears on the screen. Shweta Basu Prasad has a surprising cameo which is a suspence for now.
The ringmaster er the director
Now, about the ringmaster of this highly entertaining circus. Vasan Bala who helmed the film. He has come up with both a satire and tribute to all things Bollywood and its excess. At the same time, he is highly original. The script is slick. Of curse, he got carried away at a few places but if we follow the guidelines given in the initial 20 minutes of the film, we'll forget everything enjoying the show.
The direction is equally good. The way he extracted (yes, extracted) the performances from every single actor in the film is exemplary. He knows damn well what he wants and he stamped his mark on the proceedings. There are also hints at a sequel for the film during the end.
The music is good when it comes to the background score. The songs are not as good though. They are just serviceable. The cinematography is good. It complemented the director's vision. The art department did a splendid job. They deserve special praise for creating the set work of the building where the protagonist lived during his childhood which incidentally is also the place where he meets Mani. The production values are decent.
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota is not a film you encounter every other weekend. It's once in a generation celebration of cinema in general for all its quirks. A great tribute and a satire on all things So Bad It's Good category of Bollywood films, and Indian films at large. Just keep your logic in a locker room and watch the film. You'll be entertained like never before. But we warn you a second time. The movie has a few drags initially. But the climax covers it up all.
- Vasan Bala direction
- Abhimanyu Dassani
- Radhika Madan
- Yaar.... most of everything
- Few drags initially
Pycker Rating: 3.25 out of 5
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Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is a rare case of an Indian commercial film first released in international film festivals before opening in Indian domestic theatres. The movie starring Abhimanyu Dassani and Radhika Madan is produced by RSVP Movies. Directed by Vasan Bala, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is about a boy who has a rare medical condition of Congenital Insensitivity To Pain.
The movie is released amidst a lot of talk about its quirky subject matter and the curiosity generated by the fact that it is made by the producers who have delivered a film like Uri: The Surgical Strike. With the premieres and the shows at various international film festivals, the general consensus about the movie is quite positive.
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota s a must watch. It takes you back to a time of your life when you actually believed - "Paap Ko Jalaa Ke Raakh Kar Doonga". Perfect ode to cinema said an early watcher about this dark action comedy. The movie is the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long time.. but it also makes you feel ... it never takes it seriously but you should take it seriously .. if that makes any sense.. just keep drinking water.. stay hydrated said another watcher who is alluding to a character trait of the hero.
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