A quirky fam­ily en­ter­tainer!

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -


Hi­lar­ity en­sues when a mem­ber of the Sharma fam­ily teeters be­tween life and death as his rel­a­tives from across the coun­try set up camp in Mum­bai wait­ing for the in­evitable that seems to have been de­layed, in­def­i­nitely.

As Devin­der Sharma’s life hangs in the bal­ance in an ICU in a Mum­bai hospi­tal, his close fam­ily has no choice but to travel to the city to be with him in the time of cri­sis. The only thing is that Devin­der isn’t blessed with the per­fect fam­ily; they’re all per­fectly dys­func­tional in­stead. And per­fectly mid­dle class too. As the el­dest brother, Jee­tendar (Manoj Pahwa), pays dou­ble for air tick­ets for his en­tire fam­ily against the wishes of his wife, the younger one, Ravin­der ( Vi­nay Pathak), pinches pen­nies in­stead, hop­ing to get a cheaper deal to fly to Mum­bai. They’re not be­ing awk­ward here. This is how mid­dle-class fam­i­lies op­er­ate. As days go by and Devin­der does not show any signs of im­prov­ing, his ex­tended brood try to make the best out of their time in the big city, which in­clude shop­ping sprees and trips to the par­lour by the women in the fam­ily, while the younger men trek out to take in the sin­ful nightlife that Mum­bai has to of­fer. A niece named Nayan­tara (Sanah Kapoor) even goes for au­di­tions with help from her shady Face­book friend. As the kids run amok, the el­ders too fig­ure out ways to pass time as their stay in the city keeps on length­en­ing.

Harsh Ch­haya, in his di­rec­to­rial de­but, has pre­sented a dark yet hi­lar­i­ous por­trayal of a fam­ily in cri­sis, which may seem over-the-top, yet is to­tally re­lat­able. Per­for­mances by the en­tire ensem­ble cast, mainly the hus­band and wife duo Manoj and Seema Pahwa, are top­notch, and are the strength of the film along with the di­a­logues. While not all sub-plots are that in­ter­est­ing, with some even be­ing a tad cliched, there are sev­eral mo­ments when the story takes over and you find your­self gig­gling at the goofi­ness un­fold­ing on screen. The char­ac­ters are well de­vel­oped though, which keeps you en­grossed. Com­par­isons with the Marathi film Ven­ti­la­tor could have been valid, had the emo­tional an­gle in the film been a lit­tle strong. For now, Kha­joor Pe Atke is a funny sit­u­a­tional com­edy that lacks emo­tional depth, but de­liv­ers belly laughs by the plen­ti­ful.

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