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Raucous Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola to ring in New Year with a bang


2012 was a vintage year for Bollywood with filmmakers moving beyond convention to make multi-faceted films that were immensely entertaining.

B'Town is looking to continue in that same vein in the New Year with the first major release in the UK, 'Matru Ki Bijli ka Mandola', which has already created considerable buzz online.

The comedy drama is set in beautiful yet utterly unconventional Haryana and tells the story of Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapoor), a wealthy industrliast partial to a more than occasional tipple of the good stuff; his pretty daughter 'Bijlee' (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry's Man Frida, 'Matru' (Imran Khan).

While the film's plot is relatively conventional, all indications are that it will be anything but.

Director Vishal Bharadwaj is known for his peculiar sense of humour and bizarre embelishments of seemingly run-of-the-mill storylines; whether he's doing Shakespeare in 'Omkara', dealing with a serial killer in '7 Khoon Maaf' or exploring love, lust and infidelity in India in 'Dus Kahaniyaan'.  

'Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola' will doubtless be yet another notch on his wacky bed post, with its holy cow bathed in pink, Zulu women doing a South African version of the Can Can and plenty of thrusting.

The cast too are excellent, led by the seemingly irrepressible Pankaj Kapoor, one of the finest and most underrated actors of his generation; the evergreen Shabhana Azmi and of course, two of Bollywood's hottest young talents, Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma.

Whilst Imran Khan - who reportedly had to prepare for weeks to get the infamous Haryanvi accent just right - was not the first choice for the role of 'Matru' - Bharadwaj had first considered Ajay Devgan and Shahid Kapoor - Khan seems to have completely embodied the role of the lovable rogue manservant.

Khan has revealed that the film deals with a 'taboo subject' and if the Central Board of Film Certification's granting it an 'A' (Adult) rating is anything to go by, 'Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola' is sure to break a few taboos.

Matru Ki Bijlee ka Mandola is released 11th January 2013



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