A quirky family entertainer!
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.