Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho Reviews
This could have been a sharp black comedy with a strong sense of place , mining its superb absurdist premise : at one point, you are actually gifted the real meaning of that hoary expression ‘gayi bhains paani mein’. That is laugh-out-loud funny. You wish the rest of it was the same.
...a pathetic attempt at storytelling that reminds us that not even talented actors cannot save a film from failure if its screenplay is an abominable mess.
Not a single thing in Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho makes it worth a watch. Skip this and save yourself from this eminently avoidable overdose of misogyny and torture.
The filmmakers have however, succeeded in creating a rustic, rural milieu, that lends the right backdrop for the story to unfold. Had it been a work of fiction, the absurdity of the plot would’ve made it a leave-your-brains-at-home kind of comedy/drama. But the fact that this is no fiction and rooted in real life incidents makes the film a pertinent one and relevant too. It goes on to prove that often truth is stranger than fiction and if you don’t have the stomach to digest hard-hitting news, then a sugar-coated capsule like this one is the next best thing.
Like many of its peers, Miss Tanakpur takes off with a great premise but fails to realise its full potential.
An ensemble cast of seasoned character actors who know their onions inside out but aren't quite sure of their Haryanvi dictions raises Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho a few notches above the median.Recommended with a rider: this certainly isn't time-pass fare.
Though well-intentioned, intriguing and effective in places, this satirical tragicomedy is as sluggish as the proceedings of the very judiciary it takes a dig at...Sadly, this social satire, which could have been an eye-opener on false cases and fraud witnesses, literally has more shit (pun intended) than substance.
...an okay-ish one-time watch. It has as its core a real story, but in the process of dramatisation, the sting is left blunt. Watch it for a somewhat askew view of the bizarre-fest called Rural India.
...its writer-director Vinod Kapri has tried his best to adapt a real life incident into a film. But what seems to be playing spoilsport in the film is the lack of direction. Because of the lack of strong directorial prowess, the film seems a bit out of place in today's context. While the first half of the film sets up the mood and the tempo of the film, the second half starts lagging and dragging at many places. The film's direction also starts going astray at places.
Interesting concept but ultimately a lame, melodramatic satire...
The dialogues’ are clunky, the plot points are convenient and characters’ motivations, well, who are we kidding? The biggest disappointment in Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho is that unlike other mediocre Bollywood films, it held a lot of promise; it could have said so much and so easily about the kind of people we are slowly becoming, about us being buffoons living gratuitously serious lives. But then Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho is not the first film to have got lost in the haze between intent and execution.
A little inventiveness and craft combined with some smart writing would have been enough to make this a sharper more gratifying experience. But alas, Kapri is just not up to the task. His idea of satire is entirely situation based and loses efficacy because of it. Good solid performances by Annu Kapoor, Rahul Bagga, Ravi Kishen, Sanjay Mishra go a little way in ameliorating the incredulity experienced here!
Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho should have been a much better film, if not let down by writing. The direction however is at par with any other good work. There is no solution preached. But no solid statement made either.
...is a thought-provoking tale which takes you through the current struggles in the Indian countryside. The satire is subtle and makes you think. If you’re in the mood for substance cinema and are tired of masala flicks, you need to catch this show over the weekend.
Debutant director Vinod Kapri was astute in picking a subject that tabloid headlines are made of. But in execution, he couldn't convey the mood of the story. Directing a satire can be tricky. It has to subliminally mock real events without making a Kapil Sharma sideshow of it. But subtlety is not a virtue this film banks on.
From religious manipulation to gender politics to caste dominance, it reminds of the bizarre forms unbridled power can take. And Arjun’s parents and grandmother reflect the helplessness in face of this brute collation of political and money power without getting melodramatic.Its dystopic feel reminds of Manish Jha’s “Matrubhumi”.
Audience Reviews for Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho
As Good As Political Satire Can Get. ♦ Grade C+
There's enough realism in the script or at least in its loud inspiration to watch this comedy drama that speaks volumes about the backward mindset in rural India.
Arjun (Rahul Bagga) is a loafer who is falling in love with Maya (Hrishitaa Bhatt), a young and beautiful woman married to the foul- mouthed, sexagenarian village chief, Sualaal (Annu Kapoor). Maya seeks shelter from Arjun and silently finds happiness in him, owing to Sualaal's inability to be a proper husband, with poor performance in bed and verbal as well as physical abuse. Naturally, when one day, Sualaal finds out about Arjun's illicit relation with his wife, he beats him up and publicly accuses him of raping his award-winning buffalo, named, for FIR purposes, Miss Tanakpur.
The story is as wicked as it sounds, which the writers have credited to real-life happenings in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. How a backward system with enough corruption mixed into it treats its men based on ruthless bias is the central topic of the film. In rural areas like the one shown in the film, the powerful continuously oppress the powerless, even leading to countless fatalities, in some cases. Arjun's family has to go through a harrowing time once he is arrested: his sister's marriage is disavowed, his father tries to kill himself, and his mother slowly moves to the path of atheism. It is startling to watch the story, told in a rather clumsy way, unfold in front of your eyes when you know that something like this has happened, or at least, has the merit to happen in today's world.
There is enough humor for an average Indian to perceive here. But, the B-grade shade the film has in its dialogues and slapstick may turn few off. People's blind faith on idol worshiping, graft among policemen, the judicial system - there's everything in here. Some very interesting sequences are gelled together to ignite emotions, driven by powerful performance by Kapoor. Sanjai Mishra and Om Puri are mostly seen fooling around. Bagga should brush up his blunt areas, and it was good to see Bhatt after a long time. Ravi Kishan as Sualaal's slavish helper is typecast.
I had been stalling this watch for quite a long time, but it eventually proved worthwhile. A good afternoon watch.
BOTTOM LINE: Vinod Kapri's "Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho" is not a laugh riot, but it proves a point and chafes on the harsher realities of rural India through a comic container. Rent a DVD.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES