Making a sequel of any film isn’t an easy task. Expectations start surmounting since the day the first poster is launched and when the movie finally releases, it has to surpass the gigantic expectations to get a positive verdict in the end. Fortunately, Mr and Mrs 420 Returns, which was one of the most-awaited sequels in this year of Punjabi cinema, has passed this difficult test with flying colors and just like the original, it has brought the families together for a non-stop laughter-ride!
Produced by Rrupaali Gupta under her label, Friday Russh Motion Pictures, written by Naresh Kathooria and directed by Ksshitij Chaudhary, Mr and Mrs 420 Returns retains most of the cast from the original including Jassie Gill, Jaswinder Bhalla, Avantika Hundal and Naresh Kathooria. The film’s most notable newest additions being Ranjit Bawa, Karamjit Anmol and Paayal Rajput!
With a simple rustic background of rural Punjab, Mr and Mrs 420 Returns revolves around the characters of Laddi (a drug-addict) and Balwinder (Jassie Gill), who have to fake marriage by converting Balwinder into Radha! Sounds complicated? Well, if you’re familiar with the first installment, you know what we’re talking about. Supported by Karamjit Anmol (who metamorphoses into Radha’s mother – Ganga), the film is a comic take on what happens to someone in Punjab, who gets into the malicious path of drugs. From losing one’s own property to almost nil chances of finding a suitable match to turning into a thief – the film perfectly manages to show the state of mind and life of a person addicted to drugs. Though it isn’t expected much from a comedy film that it should have a social message conveyed through it as well, yet this impeccably woven plot establishes the fact that the trio of the writer-producer-director is sensitive enough to depict the social problems of Punjab. It takes guts to deal with such a subject with layers of comedy, and the team of Mr and Mrs 420 Returns has surely done it!
Coming back to the plot of the film, it needs to be mentioned that the film’s story is so well executed that at no point does it feel that something’s just forced into a situation just for the purpose of inducing some additional laughs. There are no unnecessary dialogues and everything fits perfectly. Without wasting much time, Ksshitij Chaudhary takes the story forward, which is what is required in a comic flick. From start to finish, there would hardly be any instance when you don’t catch yourself laughing or clapping hard – be it someons’ funny expressions, a witty remark or the situation itself. No actor is deliberately trying to make you laugh, you just laugh yourself at their helplessness!!!
When it comes to performances, I had to literally scratch my head to conclude who scores the highest in this department! Whether it was Ranjit Bawa, Jassie Gill or Karamjit Anmol or rest of the cast, the actors have given their very best performances to make Mr and Mrs 420 Returns much more than what was expected of it. In my opinion, this is a ROLE of a LIFETIME for Ranjit Bawa. His facial expressions, mannersims, body language, the tone of voice and most importantly, his eyes – it seems that for this role, Ranjit Bawa gave his all. This is an actor that cannot be taken non-seriously from now onward. It is not just the comedy, I am talking about – even at certain poignant moments – especially, when it comes to his interactions with Paayal Rajput – Bawa has proved that he’s truly a blessed actor!
As far as Jassie Gill is concerned, it is about time that this man gets his due. He impressed us so much in the last installment of Mr and Mrs 420 and in this one he takes his performance several notches above with this role as ‘Radha’. While he looks extremely handsome and real as Balli, he escalates his performance as the gorgeously beautiful ‘Radha’ to whole new heights. With his looks and acting skills both, this man is sure to rise to great heights, if given the right roles. In fact, I believe that both Ranjit Bawa and Jassie Gill are fully capable of emerging as next Big Stars of Punjabi cinema!
Next on our list is Karamjit Anmol, who we love as Ganga. The scene when he is riding the scooter in the costume of Ganga, the scene when he brings the Karwa Chauth Sargi at wee hours of the morning at Radha’s residence, and all his cute scenes with Jaswinder Bhalla, are testimony to the fact how talented this man is. We’re glad to see Karamjit Anmol trying something totally different from what he’s done before, and excelling in it too.
A man who deserves a special mention on our list of best performances is NARESH KATHURIA. Oh man, he speaks just one or two lines every 20 minutes or so, and just steals the show with them. Not to forget his childlike adorable looks which make you a fan of this man, instantly.
The rest of the cast – Jaswinder Bhalla, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Rrupaali Gupta and Anita Devgan fit their roles perfectly. The girls – Paayal Rajput and Avantika Hundal are fair enough in their small parts.
What we didn’t like about Mr and Mrs 420 Returns:
Despite the film being a first-rate product, we were bound to miss Binnu Dhillon! This emptiness remains for sometime due to nostalgic reasons of course, but the good part is that the film makers make sure to keep intact certain themes from the old version.
One noticeable drawback in the film is that of Paayal Rajput’s dubbing. In several scenes, the dialogues don’t sync with her lip movements correctly. Apart from that, her lipstick seems to wear off – could’ve worked more on the makeup department?
Another one is room for development of scenes. I felt that the day of Karwachauth could’ve been elaborated more to create some more fun, and perhaps, the two women – Radha and Ganga – should’ve been put into a situation (like, Babbal Rai in the last one) wherein they have to keep switching between their male/female side more often!
Overall, Mr and Mrs 420 Returns is definitely worth watching with your entire family for a complete dose of laughter! The dialogues, the music and the performances will remain with you long after you exit the cinema hall. The film is sure to disrupt the box-office collections of Hindi releases this week with stupendous word-of-mouth!
Our rating: 3.5/5