Film: Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vir Das, Prem Chopra, Payal Ghosh
Director: Sanjay Chhel
A loud, brash wedding party, this one is tiresome and irritating too. Hasmukh Patel (Paresh Rawal), a conservative Gujarati shopkeeper dislikes alcohol, non-veg food and brash Punjabis. His new neighbour, Guggi Tandon (Rishi Kapoor), is all of those and more. Tandon loves chicken lollipop, whiskey and opens a garage right in front of Patel’s shop. But that’s not really the problem here. Tandon’s son Monty (Vir Das) falls in love with Patel’s daughter Pooja (Payal Ghosh) and their antagonism towards each other takes on incredible proportions.
This film is meant to be a comedy but there’s barely any laughs to be had. The writing is banal and characterisations too caricatured to curry favour. Actors merely seem to be posturing rather than living the lie. Both the Patel and Tandon families lack class and their behaviours signal their own bigotry in all things from food to actions.
The rivalry between the two families appears forced and the contretemps thereof merely assumes contrivance. You never really believe in the ugly one-upmanship that is put out on display here. Even the songs or laden performances don’t improve the flagging tempo of bigoted egos and pride taking a deep-dive!