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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is a political satire film produced by Vishal Bharadwaj along with Fox Star Studios. Besides co-producing, Bharadwaj has also directed, co-scripted and scored the music for the film. The film starred Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma in the titular roles, while Arya Babbar and Shabana Azmi played supporting roles. The film was released worldwide on 11 January 2013.Wikipedia

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Reviews


Vishal Bhardwaj gives us a film that's enjoyable and relevant in equal measure. I'm going with four out of five for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. The year's first gem has arrived - don't miss it!

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


The film passed me by in the first hour. It enticed me back again in the second half. But not enough to make me forget the inert prologue, which is minus drama, which is Bhardawaj's true forte.

Raja Sen


This is a film that goes far out on a limb, and gives us both bedlam and nuances, enough to warrant repeated viewings. And more than enough to love. Oh boy oh boy indeed.

Anupama Chopra
Hindustan Times


Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola feels like a puzzle in which all the pieces don’t fit. Its idiosyncrasies are both its strength and its undoing.

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is marked by an adventurous streak that is commendable: Bhardwaj pushes the goofy storytelling style all the way through to the bitter end. It is another matter that the strategy boomerangs frequently.

Srijana Mitra Das
Times Of India


This movie could have been so much more. Like champagne gone flat, the film's left lying about for too late, its plot meandering everywhere.

"Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola" is a disappointing film, one that could have been so much more.

Kanika Sikka
DNA India


Watch the film for Pankaj Kapoor and Shabana Azmi and some fun that the duo bring about. But don’t expect too much out of it. Final warning: Bharadwaj fans, stay away from this one.


If you’re a Vishal Bhardwaj fan, be prepared for a fare that’s different from his dark, moody style. The fun and songs should keep you going though.


But the film crumbles in the climax, giving you an end that is too filmy for satisfaction. The end is one that bars Vishal's latest from becoming an exceptional effort. For everything else it is worth, this is the first real whopper coming out of Bollywood this year. Go for it.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama


MATRU KI BIJLEE KA MANDOLA holds your attention in parts, but that's not enough. The first half is lackluster, while the post-interval part catches some steam. However, the excessive length plays a spoilsport. Below expectations!

As a social commentary, the film succeeds only intermittently, and is not as complex and effective as last year's Shanghai. There are other ambiguous points in the film. But here's the thing: you ought to watch the film.

I don't mind a serious film, I don't mind socio-politics, I don't mind satire, I certainly don't mind quirky, dark humor. What I don't get though is why a film can't pick one or two of these themes and stick to it through and through - be there, build-up on it and end like the makers believed in what they were making, without any external pressures.

Audience Reviews for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

  • Sandeep Gupta
    Sandeep Gupta
    94 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    You can like it, you can hate it, but you can't ignore it. Vishal Bhardwaj is no Rajkumar Hirani. He would never use simple words or simple characters to tell a story. The writing is complex, characters are mad to the core. There is huge amount of metaphorism. I really connected myself with the part where movie gets serious about the core issue; politician having an affair with businessman and res...ults are horrific for the poor. Performances are top notch. Imaran Khan, Anushaka play their part quite well. Shabana Azmi was too good. But it's all about the acting powerhouse Pankaj Kapur who never misses a beat.

    The movie is like a not so good meal but you have to appreciate the effort of chef. This is fearless cinema and it needs to be supported.

    May 24, 13