A breezy entertainer, about coming around of an easy going boy, that offers a fair mix of humour, romance, sports drama and social message.
Cast – Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Saurabh Shukla, Satish Kaushik, Naman Jain, Baljinder Kaur
Director – Hansal Mehta
Writers – Luv Ranjan, Aseem Arrora, Zeishan Quadri
Montu (Rao) is a Physical Training Instructor in a small town school, a happy-go-lucky guy who is serious about neither his job nor sports or his students… until faced with his arch nemesis Inder (Zeeshan), a thorough sportsman and an able instructor.
To win back his job, his self respect and intended lady-love Neelu (Nushratt), he is compelled to not only compete but take sports, competition & life more seriously.
The film keeps us entertained and charms us with its humour that is majorly lifted by the performances and many times by some good set of dialogues. The detailing makes the setting cute and real. Towards the end, when the sports drama sets in, you can add thrills to the package offered.
Hansal Mehta and his team of actors weave their magic to turn this average story into an entertaining film.
Script wise I am not much impressed though. It lacked freshness, sharpness and energy. The pace, dialogues and some sequences could be found lacking at places.
A rustic set up and earthy lingo is a much used formula but it works even this time around purely because of the charm of the able cast and the commendable efforts of a very able film maker.
With some sharper writing, it could have easily been a fabulous film.
Rajkummar Rao undoubtedly carries the film on his shoulders. His innocent fumbling charm and his charisma works even this time around.
Saurabh Shukla is not only a pleasure to watch for the audience but always an asset to a film.
Naman Jain is a fine actor even as a teenager as he was as a child artist.
Baljinder Kaur, as Montu’s mother is as real as could possibly be. The actress is bang on with her portrayal and her flawless accent is natural.
Zeeshan Ayyub is an actor I always admire. He looks great but I wish his role was given more teeth.
Nushratt looks good, tries hard, but does not look too apt role wise.
Satish Kaushik and Illa Arun lend good support.
Do not expect the film to wow you but it is a breezy, humorous watch that offers plenty of chuckles and entertainment through out.