Aankh Micholi (2023) Review: Umesh Shukla's comedy of errors suffers at plot level

Cast of Aankh Micholi (2023) Movie:

Paresh Rawal, Sharman Joshi, Mrunal Thakur, Abhimanyu Dassani, Divya Dutta, Abhishek Banerjee, Darshan Jariwala, Vijay Raaz, Grusha Kapoor. Teena Singh

Director: Umesh Shukla

Release Date:

The film was released in theatres on 27th October 2023

Aankh Micholi (2023) Hindi Movie Review:

The story of the comedy-drama Aankh Micholi revolves around the Singh Family, comprising the head of the family, Navjot Singh (Paresh Rawal), his elder son Yuvraj Singh (Sharman Joshi), younger son Harbhajan Singh (Abhishek Banerjee), daughter Paro (Mrunal Thakur), Yuvraj's wife Billo (Divya Dutta), and Yuvraj and Billo's son Goldie. Except for Goldie, each one of them faces a unique medical challenge: Navjot forgets everything instantly, Yuvraj has a hearing impairment, Harbhajan stammers, and Paro cannot see at night. The family faces the challenge of finding a suitable groom for Paro due to her night blindness.

They finally find a promising groom in Rohit (Abhimanyu Dassani), along with his parents (Darshan Jariwala and Grusha Kapoor), who come to meet Paro. They are impressed with her, and after consulting with family members, Paro also agrees to the marriage. However, a jewelry shop owner, Jagdish Bhatti (Vijay Raaz), wants his sister to marry Rohit. Will Jagdish be able to stop Paro and Rohit's wedding?

Jitendra Parmar's writing is the weakest aspect of this film, produced by Sony Pictures International and Umesh Shukla and Ashish Wagh's Merry Go Round Studios. The film is filled with unbelievable situations, such as a blind person driving a high-speed car, helping elderly people cross the road, and catching a thief. Parmar has stretched the limits of plausibility, leaving us having to suspend our disbelief. Sachin-Jigar's music composition and background score appear quite ordinary, while Steven Bernard's editing and Sameer Arya's cinematography fail to make a lasting impression.

Two noteworthy performances come from Sharman Joshi and Abhishek Banerjee, particularly in their introduction scenes, which provide some humor. Sharman Joshi's lip-reading scenes may remind you of his character in 'Golmaal: Fun Unlimited.' Divya Dutta and Vijay Raaz also deliver decent performances as Billo and Jagdish, respectively. However, there is a lack of chemistry between Mrunal Thakur and Abhimanyu Dassani.

It's puzzling why Paresh Rawal chose to be a part of this film. The versatile actor who is known for his outstanding performances in comedy-dramas like 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa,' 'Welcome,' 'OMG: Oh My God!,' 'Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge,' 'Bhagam Bhag,' 'Hera Pheri,' and 'Phir Hera Pheri,' fails to leave a significant impact in Aankh Micholi.

It's hard to believe that 'Aankh Micholi' is a film by Umesh Shukla, who previously delivered 'OMG: Oh My God!' If we consider 'OMG: Oh My God!' as the pinnacle of Shukla's career, then 'Aankh Micholi' might be considered its lowest point.

In the end, the director hints at bringing part 2 of this comedy of errors film. Our only request to Umesh Shukla would be to deliver something watchable, as you can't keep your audience entertained for two hours with just top comedians and a weak plot.


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