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Mere Pyare Prime Minister Review: Don't Moss This Little Gem
Have you heard about Kunhu? He is a little boy who lives in a slum in a big city but with a heart so big that he moved heaven to earth for his mother. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra who is known for films like Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has come up with another film with a sensitive social issue as its core subject and a heartwarming tale of a son’s love for his mother.
Mere Pharr Prime Minister is as much a love letter to motherhood as it is a scorching wake up call about women’s safety as it is a film about the problem faced by slum dwellers. It is a known fact that slums have a severe water problem or a problem of lack of a proper sewage system or even sometimes both. Whose responsibility is it? Slums have been expanding with the sizes of these big cities expanding.
Without making a political statement, and making things gut-wrenchingly unwatchable films like this are impossible to make. Else, the movies may have real problems at the core but end up fairy tales like Slumdog Millionaire. But Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra chose a less trodden path of making it a child’s journey. Nila Madhab Panda too made a film on similar themes Nd a similar child setting. And then there is the big Toilet Ek Prem Kantha. All this proves that a lot needs to be said and done.
The world of Kunhu
Kunhu lives with his mother in one of the biggest slums in big and ever-expanding cities in India. Like all slum dwellers, his mother finds it tough to make the ends meet and raise her child without losing his innocence courtesy the interactions with the big bad world. For her part, she tries to make her and her child’s life as colourful as possible. There is a joy watching them.
But there is the ever-present danger in their lives. Sargam, Kunhu’s single mother had come to the city and started living in the slum because she has no other option. Her lover left her when she was pregnant and her family disowned. Bit Anjali Patil’s Sargam fights it out, out of optimism and an inspiring sense of goodness about life. But one day, calamity strikes.
She goes to defecate, as is the case with people like her surroundings, in open. During night. She gets raped by... Those who are closer to her try to help her but her son gets devastated. But he’s not one to be in grief for long. He understands the problem and goes to its core and wants to repair it. He writes to the Prime Minister of India (whoever he is) and wants to hand deliver the letter. All he wants is a good toilet system for women like his mother.
Writing and Direction
Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s presentation of the subject is entirely different from the two movies that talked about the same issue. He didn’t use big stars who can move things on their own. He didn’t use yucky narration in the name of a child’s innocence. He chose the route where he has shown the proper development of a child’s faculty of intelligence. He didn’t get guidance from elders nor is he just fight with people in his surroundings. He just understood how a system can be changed.
This is where ROM scored brownie points. Despite similarities with other films about the same subjects, he made an effective but non-political statement and had driven the point with the right spirit. Of course, there are a few cringe-worthy scenes like selling hashish in the slum and posing as dead bodies to cheat tourists and make money. But all’s well that ends well. And in love and war, nothing is unfair. Kunhu’s love not just for his mother but to all the mothers like his makes things acceptable.
Om Kanojiya is a live wire. His performance as Kunhu is so believable that you’ll suspend your disbelief every time you face a slightly cinematic scene. All care for is his innocence and sense of purpose in taking the matters into his hands to help his mother. Anjali Patil is terrific as usual. Her character is created weighing down every minute detail possible and she owned it up like nobody can. Rest of the actors including Kunhu’s friends, Atul Kulkarni as PMO official and Makrand Deshpande did their jobs quite well.
The music by the trio of Shankar Ehsaan Loy is lively and went hand in hand with the narration. They brought all their experience to the fore in complementing the director's vision. Pawel Dyllus’ cinematography is authentic. The visuals are spilling out life and the framing is impactful. The editing is crisp for the most part but could have been better in the second half.
While the director did establish the story, he didn’t make the journey of the kid to Delhi similarly impactful. Maybe good editing would have changed this feeling. The production design is professional. The locations are authentic as the film itself is shot on location. The production values are good. Mere Phate Prime Minister is a well-made film. The dialogues are impactful without standing out from the setting. Good job Hussain Dalal.
Mere Pyate Prime Minister may not be a compulsive weekend watch but it’s an essential film made with the right vision. You can give it a chance if you like thought-provoking films about social causes. And it caters well even to the general audience. You’ll fall in love with Kunhu no matter what and will think about the problem and solution the director has presented in the film every time... (no, I don’t want to be cheeky)
- Effective storytelling
- Heart-warming narration
- Stellar performances
- Brilliant music and cinematography
- A few cringe-worthy scenes
- The journey to meet the PM could have been narrated a bit better.
Pycker Rating: 3.25 out of 5
Reviewed by: GitacharYa
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The movie is similar in story to Halkaa and Toilet - Ek Prem Katha but the narration is better among the three. An excellent movie by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Critically acclaimed director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra comes up with a film about women's safety and the issue of open defecation told through the eyes of a kid in this heart-warming film, Mere Pyare Prime Minister. The movie created a lot of buzz before its release what with the combination of a highly talented actress like Anjali Patil and a respected director like Mehra.
And The little boy Kanhu made waves online with his tweets addressing the Prime Minister of India, Shri Modi. Today the movie hits the screens. The general early consensus about this movie is quite positive with enthusiastic watchers calling it a well-made film.
Mere Pyare Prime Minister is praised not just for its subject matter but also for the performances of the lead actors Om Kanojiya, the little who played the role of Kanhu and Anjali Patil who played the mother Sargam. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra addressed the subject with all the seriousness it deserves and never tried to simplify the problem despite the fact that the protagonist of the film is a kid. But at the same time, he made it accessible to the common audience.
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What is Mere Pyare Prime Minister About?
Mere Pyare prime Minister is the story of a little boy from a Mumbai slum area who writes to the Prime Minister of India when his mother was violated when she goes to relieve herself in an open area. Directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who made films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Rang De Basanti.
The movie also discusses the issue and problem of open defecation in India which causes many problems and a lot of collateral. National Award winning actress Anjali Patil plays the crucial role of the mother while Om Kanojiya plays the role of the protagonist Kanhu. With a strong social message and a subtle lesson about being optimistic and carrying the light-hearted spirit of a child, Mere Pyare Prime Minister is shaping up to be an engrossing watch.
Mere Pyare Prime Minister Promises
A social drama about issues need to be looked into
Open defecation is not a simple issue. It has been the problem faced by many people, especially those in the interior rural areas and slums in the ever-sprawling cities. It sometimes leads to the safety issues of women as depicted in the film. Combining several relevant issues into the narrative is the thread of the mother-child (son) relationship. One of the best aspects of the film is a relatively light-hearted spirit carried throughout its narration.
The movie also touches upon the past of the mother who had to come out of her family to the big bad city of Mumbai when her lover ran away when she becomes pregnant. The mother is never bogged down by the problems she faces in her life and tries to provide all the essentials to her son. But slum life is slum life with meager facilities and the perils of lack of protection. It is when the boy first writes a letter and then goes to meet the Prime Minister of India.
Anjali Patil and Om Kanojiya
Om Kanojiya has won the hearts of many netizens and movie buffs once the promos of the movie started to appear. The character of the little boy who wants to meet the Prime Minister, Kanhu, played by him has a Twitter page and some of the tweets in it are thought-provoking. Of course, maintained by the makers of the film. But the young actor proved himself to be a little gem with what little of his performance we have seen in the promo materials.
Anjali Patil is always one of the most highly rated actresses in India. As she herself confessed, it is not the money or the glitz that she cares for but characters with a substance that help better the society. As she has time and again proved, this role of Sargam, the mother of the little boy Kanhu is another feather in her cap. She really shared a great bond with Om Kanojiya so much so that they look like real-life mother and son.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and his team
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is always known for injecting realism into his stories which comment upon the happenings in the society around us. He has roped in some of the best talents for this movie in the form of the music director trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Hussein Dalal as one of the writers. Pawel Dyllus is the cinematographer of this film and he seems to have the vibrant spirit and the gritty realistic portrayal of the slum life with ease.
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