Punjabi fuel in a lost car (Mere Dad ki Maruti review)

Cast: Ram Kapoor, Saqib Saleem, Rhea Chakraborty, Prabal Panjabi, Ravi Kishan

Director: Ashima Chibber   Music: Sachin Gupta

Thumbs up: Cast, Story, Music   Thumbs down: Nil   Rating: 3/5

Mere dad ki Maruthi is a rib tickling film that just doesn’t let your cheek bones relax for a bit. If the term ‘all smiles’ was to be given a synonym, then I am pretty sure it could be named after this film. It is a story about a lost car, that explains us why exactly ‘Punabiya di battery charge rehendi hai’.

Tej Khullar (Ram Kapoor) is a jolly good Punjabi living in Chandigarh. His daughter is about to get married in a week and so he buys her a Maruti Ertiga as a wedding present. Tej’s son, Sameer Khullar (Saqib Saleem), is the most ‘vella’ person in town and the only thing he does well is screwing up. He meets Jasmeet (Rhea Chakraborty) who likes being addressed with an extra ‘zzz’ in her name and uses ‘Psychic’ instead of ‘Psycho’. In order to impress her, he sneaks out with his dad’s new Maruthi and after a long romantic and fun filled evening, looses it.

This guy is talented!
This guy is talented!

The rest of the story is about how he tries to get back his dad’s lost car and in the process, ends up being chased by the police and a Pathan (Ravi Kishan) who is a car mafia. The film goes through a lot of twists and turns till the day of the marriage when the car is supposed to be gifted. Do they find the car? Well you have to watch it yourself to know the answer.

The film has a cast that suits all the characters perfectly. Ram Kapoor of course is like the icing on the cake, or shall we say the ‘nimbu’ on the ‘chicken tandoori’. He plays his role to perfection, and keeps the audience hooked to their chair. Saqib Saleem shows great promise for the future, and Rhea does complete justice to her role of a bubbly Punjabi girl.

The music has already created a buzz in the market and it just adds to the feel of the film. The story was kept short and simple and wasn’t dragged even a bit. If you are an art film love, then this is not the kind of film you’ll die to watch. But if you’re looking for some entertainment and loads of laughter, Eureka! You have your answer.

The only drawback was that a lot of Punjabi slang is used in the film which might hit its universal appeal. But all in all, it is one hell of a film and I will go with a generous 3 rating for Amisha Chibber’s Mere Dad ki Maruti.

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