Rishi Kapoor’s ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ begins with a cold open, in which his son Ranbir Kapoor talks about the experiment being done with the film – Paresh Rawal’s decision to play the role of ‘Sharmaji’ after Rishi Kapoor’s untimely demise.
stepped on. At first glance, two actors playing the same role seems like a risk, but the two actors seamlessly blend into a provocative character between their scenes.
Hitesh Bhatia’s Sharmaji Namkeen is a film driven by its diverse characters and exemplary rhythm.
Food is a recurring theme in the film—Brij Gopal Sharma, a retired manager of Madhuban Appliances, finds that he cannot sit idle and get help with his nose, but delightful friend KK Chaddha (Satish Kaushik), he’s the kitty. enters the party circle. As an ‘expert cook’.
Food not only serves as an escape for Sharmaji, he also expresses himself through food—after a particularly bad fight with his eldest son, Sandeep ‘Rinku’ Sharma (Suhail Nayyar), He expresses his anger through the abundance of chillies in his food.
The story, written by Hitesh Bhatia and Supratik Sen, is a life story about aging parents and their changing relationships with their children, while also exploring how the dynamics within the family change as everyone growns up.
There is a reference to Baghban, but Sharmaji doesn’t portray salty things in binaries—BG Sharma struggles to maintain his autonomy over his life as his son Rinku tries to navigate the limelight that the rest of his family does.
People put it on Sharmaji. Taruk Raina as Sharmaji’s younger son Vinci, whose affection is clearly more skewed towards his father than his brother, is a comparatively minor character who manages to stand out.
Sharmaji finds friends in a group of women in the kitty circle, including the characters played by Juhi Chawla (as Veena Manchanda), Sheeba Chaddha (as Manju Gulati), and smoldering Panigrahi (as Aarti Bhatia).
Huh. They are all well written. Women of different ages and backgrounds come together under one roof to carve a niche for themselves away from the worries of the world.
The film is set prominently within these kitty parties, and the film explores themes of female sexuality, sexism, career versus family, and just…
And it does so well. Sheeba Chaddha and Juhi Chawla’s performances are highlights, but they don’t outshine anyone else in the kitty circle and with each character in the film, holding their own.
Rishi Kapoor’s absence rings louder, even as Paresh Rawal delivers a memorable and heartwarming performance.
Rishi as ‘Sharmaji’ fits better into the character reminiscent of his roles in films like Rajwa Chawal and Do Dooni Chaar.
Stay tuned till the end for the BTS sequences that capture the essence of Rishi Kapoor on the sets as his hit track ‘Om Shanti Om’ plays in the background.
The film combines light humor with sentimentality and drama in a way that depicts real life and Sharmaji Namkeen is an apt message for an actor of Rishi’s stature and charm.
Rishi Kapoor’s work was way ahead of my time, but I am sure everyone has grown up talking about him and his films, so to be a certain part of my parents’ generation and their lives. Shout them.
Knowing that he passed away halfway through filming this movie, even a random movie watcher like me felt a certain way, I can only imagine what he and the movie meant to elders. Is.
This is a light-hearted, feel-good movie that you should totally watch just because! But watch it even more so for nostalgia watching Rishi Kapoor and his stuff, or elders talking about watching his stuff.
The film is hilarious, talks about ‘life after retirement’ which is not talked about much, has good acting, relatable story, no matter what age group you fall in, And you’ll see why.
Speaking of acting – from the point of view of filmmaking, I can’t imagine the challenges the producers face when the lead role is cut halfway.
What options do you consider without delay, to fully stretch the budget?
Or, do you just leave it and pay people for their work and lose their money, or worse, if the movie doesn’t release nobody gets paid?
Paresh Rawal steps in, surprisingly, the film has not been shot again, but they see two actors playing the same role in the same movie!?
This is a first for me. And it almost doesn’t look like they were two people unless you specifically look for change.
*slow clap* Come back, see this. This is good and <2hrs. If they were a Rishi Kapoor fan (or not) then make your elders see it.