Review of Aankh Micholi: If you wish to preserve your sanity, flee and hide

While highlighting specific physical infirmities, the Umesh Shukla-directed movie also does what most Bollywood comedies do, which is to poke fun of people’s disabilities.

Evaluation: ️ (1.5 out of 5)

In terms of love, war, and family, everything is fair. It is made obvious right away by narrator Arshad Warsi. But this family is the strangest of the strange. Navjot Singh, played by Paresh Rawal, is an Ayurvedic physician from Punjab, but he frequently experiences memory loss. Oh my goodness, it would be risky to see this kind of physician. Harbhajan Singh, the younger son, stutters (Abhishek Banerjee). Yuvraj Singh [Sharman Joshi], his older son, suffers hearing loss.

The names, hew! Former Indian cricket players wouldn’t find their namesake funny. As if all of this wasn’t terrible enough, Navjot’s only daughter Paro [Mrunal Thakur] has nyctalopia, also referred to as night blindness. Fortunately, Goldie, the family dog, and Billo, the wife of Yuvraj (Divya Dutta), are both fit individuals.

It takes Billo eight years to understand that Yuvraj and his family manufactured an incident on her wedding night in order to pretend that her spouse had a [fake] accident and lost his hearing. Naturally, Billo is troubled to learn this fact at this point. After leaving the house with her son, she is forced to return. Now, the Singh family plans to con the wealthy Patel family, who are looking for a marriage for their attractive nephew Rohit Patel [Abhimanyu Dassani].

The Singh family wants Rahul and Paro to get married. It’s interesting to remember that Rahul and Paro first met in Switzerland when he helped a local thug pose as Charlie Chaplin and took Paro’s phone. This scenario is beautifully recorded in black and white as an homage. The Singh family extends an invitation to the Patels to spend a few days there.

It is night, and Paro cannot see his face. At the end of the day, our hero is hesitant to show himself. What is the situation here?

Review of Aankh Micholi: If you wish to preserve your sanity, flee and hide
Review of Aankh Micholi: If you wish to preserve your sanity, flee and hide

A man who is blind, deaf, and silent hides his infirmity in order to find his sister a prince charming. Didn’t viewers in Maujaan Hi Maujaan [2023] in Punjab and other target areas notice this? The buzz about the Punjabi movie isn’t very good, even if we haven’t seen it. Regretfully, we were required to endure 144 minutes of Aankh Micholi [2023] directed by Umesh Shukla. The meaning translates to “hide and seek,” and that’s exactly what happens for more than two hours until the secret is revealed.

Strong, content-driven films like Oh My God (2012) and 102 Not Out (2018) have helped Shukla earn his stripes. Through the screenplay by Jitendra Parmar, he enters Punjab and its culture. While Shukla and Parmar may not have done any research on the disabilities beyond their [probably googled] scientific names, Aankh Micholi does have persons with physical limitations. What we get is yet another Bollywood movie that ridicules people with physical disabilities. The disclaimer, in which the creators expressly state that they do not wish to offend anybody who have physical limitations, is the single instance of sensitivity in this work.

The late 80s and early 90s saw several really good, cheesy films. With a “leave your brains behind” ploy, contemporary masala filmmakers would market similar stuff. The brain may be alright, but considering the terrible quality, it may be necessary to walk into the theatre, leave your brain behind, and close your mouth, ears, and eyes in order to even somewhat accept this antiquated notion. It makes fun of those who have disabilities, far from raising awareness.

Navjot Singh begs the Patels not to call off the wedding after the truth is revealed, reminding them that his family was not physically handicapped from birth. wasn’t born with a disability? Whoa, is it illegal to be physically disabled from birth? Navjot supports this with a startling sob tale about how the death of his wife in an accident had a terrible effect on him and his kids. Shocked, Navjot decided to forget the tragedy and remove his wife’s death by truck from his memory.

Harbhajan sobbed, calling his mother, and has stammered ever since. The last gasps of his mother shocked Yuvraj so much that he decided not to hear them again. As a child, Paro closed her eyes, vowing never to look in the dark again. The ridiculousness of this story leaves the viewer scratching his head in amusement. Luckily, it ends up being a tale of family survival. Keep in mind that everything is fair in family, love, and battle, according to Arshad Warsi.

The dull storyline, old dialogue, and cheesy screenplay will definitely make you nervous. Husband referring to Billo as a witch or serpent; father referring to his son as behra [deaf]; brother-in-law. Phew, at the dinner table, whose brother-in-law would take off his bhabhi’s dupatta to wipe his mouth? Then, Darshan Jariwala and Grusha Kapoor’s Patels are heard telling Harbhajan, “Teri shakal toh driver jaise hai” (You look like a driver). You can tell how inconsiderate this movie is to people of all backgrounds the moment you hear statements like these. Geez, there’s also a terrible joke about Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar.

Pushing people outside their comfort zones doesn’t have any negative effects. Thus, playing Punjabi characters by non-Punjabis is acceptable. They shouldn’t, however, become parodies. The badly written characters hurt these performers, even though Sharman Joshi and Abhishek Banerjee put on a respectable performance. Here, Mrunal Thakar and Paresh Rawal are complete outcasts.

Although Divya Dutta must put up with the strong Punjabi accent, she is careful not to make her role seem ridiculous. Vijay Raaz tries his hardest to sound authentically Punjabi. As the jealous neighbour from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, Bhatti [Raaz] is hilarious. Glamorous from the 1990s, Grusha Kapoor seemed eager to mimic blabbermouth Dolly Bindra. However, her vivacious face lessens the suffering. All that will gratify Abhimanyu Dassani is a movie.

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