Aankh Micholi Duration: 2 hours 24 minutes
Cast: Abhimanyu Dassani, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Divya Dutta, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Banerjee, Sharman Joshi.
Director: Umesh Shukla
Aankh Micholi Review
I don’t remember the last time I watched a movie so bad that I wanted to exit the theatre in the first twenty minutes. But well, Umesh Shukla’s Aankh Micholi did that to me. The movie, which stars Abhimanyu Dassani, Mrunal Thakur, Paresh Rawal, Divya Dutta, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Banerjee, Sharman Joshi, Grusha Kapoor and Darshan Jariwala, revolves around a family of misfits. Touted to be a comedy of errors, there’s nothing funny about the film. It tries to follow the pattern of classic Bollywood comedy films like Golmaal, Dhamaal and Hera Pheri but fails miserably.
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Aankh Micholi Storyline
The 2 hours 24 minute long film begins with the Singh family’s introduction where every member has a medical condition but without any practical reason or backstory. The father Navjot Singh (Paresh Rawal) has a habit of forgetting everything. Yuvraj Singh (Sharman Joshi) is the elder brother who cannot hear, Batti (Abhishek Banerjee), the second brother stammers, Yuvraj’s wife (Divya Dutta) uses wrong proverbs and Paro (Mrunal Thakur) has night blindness.
The Singh family wants Paro to get married but without the potential groom knowing about her condition. They end up welcoming an NRI family. The would-be-groom Rohit Patel (Abhimanyu Dassani) instantly likes Paro but there’s a twist to that. Even he has a secret that he’s hiding. How Paro and Rohit’s families hide their respective secrets while preparing for their wedding is what makes this comedy of errors.
Aankh Micholi is the perfect example of how to waste talented actors. I mean just look at the star cast – there’s Paresh Rawal, Sharman Joshi, Divya Dutta, Abhishek Banerjee and Vijay Raaz but it just feels like their performances are overshadowed by an outdated story and half-baked script.
Mrunal Thakur, who has otherwise given some great performances, falls short in Aankh Micholi. Her comic timing is just bad and chemistry with her on-screen lover boy – disappointing. Abhimanyu Dassani fails to spread his charm as Rohit. Nothing works in his favour in the movie. He struggles with his comic timing.
Umesh Shukla’s direction is just disappointing. At points, it’s hard to even believe he’s the same filmmaker who earlier directed films like OMG and 102 Not Out. Jitendra Parmar’s writing couldn’t have gone more wrong. The film feels outdated and shoddy – all thanks to his script. Sameer Arya’s cinematography is up to the mark. Both Switzerland and Punjab are shown beautifully. But it is Steven H. Bernard’s editing that ruins it all. Sachin-Jigar’s music is decent.
Drawbacks of Aankh Micholi
Confusing plot: If this is how confusing a comedy of errors needs to be to leave an impact then it’s good we don’t have many new films in this genre. Aankh Micholi is so confusing and bothersome, it will test your patience.
Lame punchlines and dialogues: Where was the humour? It just wasn’t there. The punchlines were so unfunny and dialogues were so lame, I questioned why this film was made in the first place. There was absolutely no comic timing and it feels unfair to even call Aankh Micholi a comedy film.
Atrocious Editing: Steven H. Bernard’s bad editing ruins Aankh Micholi even more. The shabby jump cuts made me feel like a college intern did it for free.
In a time when comedy films are getting better with their dialogues and writing, Aankh Micholi is just a misfit. The lack of conviction in performances is what makes this film even more disappointing.
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