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Mumbai: What happens when a son on the verge of divorce, discovers that his father is also keen to sever his relationship with his mother? If the son can’t handle the success of his wife... the father wants freedom from his nagging spouse.
Director Raj Mehta tells us that love can dry up in both arranged and love marriages, if they are not nurtured with respect and faith. Ironically, these two ingredients appear to be missing in his treatment of the subject for a large part. There are sequences that raise hopes that the film will say something new, but it ends up only scratching the proverbial surface of male entitlement and chauvinism, to the point of almost normalising them.
The writers have rolled it in so much saccharine of situational humour that the complex subject loses its potency. Every time Maneish Paul comes on screen, somebody has to shout ‘Munda’ (boy) from the background.
As the comic treatment dilutes the motivations of the characters, it is not easy to take them seriously. It is only late in the second half that the film finds its muffled voice, when the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law discuss their experience of marriage.