‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’ film review: Punjabi-centric but sure to charge up battery in all

Rating: ****

Director: Ashima Chibber

Producer: Ashish Patil

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

The story line is about a father-son duo and unfolds when the teenager son, Sameer, steals a Maruti car meant for his sister as her wedding gift, to impress a girl who prefers to call herself the Shakira of Chandigarh. The trouble begins when the car is stolen entailing a series of events chasing one another.

Reminiscent of the age-old eveready battery concept, the top song ‘Punjabiyan di battery’ extolls Punjabis, who are jovial and live their lives to the fullest. They are always charged up, as the director herself is, and she successfully portrays it throughout the film.

The song has already caught the attention of all that a Punjab-based mobile phone company came forward to buy rights to use the tone for its publicity at Rs.1.1 crore.

Ashima Chibber, director of the film, worked as assistant director in films such as Chak De! India with director Shimit Amin and with Rockstar director Imtiaz Ali. Unlike other Bollywood fraternity, she is the first-timer in the industry with no relatives but worked her way up the hard way. She is known for her bubbling enthusiasm and motivation skills to take the entire team along to success.

By portraying the simple but well-known Maruti car, she tried to touch the pulse of every Indian, rich or middle-class as many of them owned a Maruti at one point of time. Though she never drives a car, Ashima knows that it connects many film-goers across all the cities of India.

Variety is assured. “I have captured the visual flamboyance of Chandigarh, but we have tried not to repeat what we have already seen in films about Punjabis. In terms of actors and dialogues, the film is fresh,” she said in an interview.

Ram Kapoor, the father who is obsessed with his Maruti car more than his son’s sensitivities brings in the action that is key to the story line.

Saquib Saleem, hero of the film is brother of Huma Qureshi, who featured in films such as ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ and ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurrana’. He made his debut in ‘Mujse Fraandship Karoge’ from the same Yrf banner. He is already assured of a role in Karan Johar’s next film. Coming to the heroine, Rhea Chakraborty, is familiar from her MTV India’s show, as TVS Scooty Teen Diva.

“Mere Dad Ki Maruti” may bring back the memories of ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ for many. As the director hopes, it may make all Indians charged up.

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