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A Rural Entertainer!
Sep 21, 2008 04:58 PM 2008 Views





Shyam Benegal has been one of the most able filmmakers of Indian Cinema who has made some of the finest films in the past. All his films dealt with serious, historic or hard hitting issues. So it came as a surprise when he announced a comic flick Welcome To Sajjanpur a year back! However, Shyam Benegal proves that he venture into any genre and can come up with a good product, if not the best! Welcome To Sajjanpur is a feel good film; It’s a light entertainer and doesn’t get overboard in a single sequence and that’s where the films works!

The story of the movie: The film is set in a village named Sajjanpur, somewhere in UP. The main characters of this story are:

Mahadev (Shreyas Talpade): The protagonist of the story. He’s the ‘letter writer’ of the village and charges Rs. 2 for writing a post card! And obviously, he’s one of the very few educated persons in the village.

Kamla (Amrita Rao): The village potmaker who’s waiting for her husband to return since four years. Mahadev is totally in love with her.

Shobharani (Rajeshwari Sachdev): A widow who stays with her strict father in law who was once an army official.

Ramkumar (Ravi Kishan): A compounder in the village health centre and madly in love with Shobharani

Ramsingh (Yashpal Sharma): The goon of the village, who’ll go to any length to see to it that the elections are won by the person he supports.

Munnibai (Ravi Jhankal): The eunuch who has stood for elections in opposition to Ramsingh!

Mausiji (Ila Arun): A mother who’s worried because his daughter Vindhya is a ‘manglik’!

Vindhya (Divya Dutta): The only person in the village who has ‘I-don’t-care-a-damn attitude!

The story is set on these characters, their lives and of course the village-Sajjanpur!

Welcome To Sajjanpur has no proper storyline as such, since the film is basically on these characters. Hence, don’t expect any story when you enter the theatre. However, it’s the characters, their outline and their dialogues which provide entertainment in 2.30 hours. The best thing about the film is it doesn’t get too unrealistic or too emotional or dramatic. It’s a light entertainer from start to finish and certain situations add wonderful drama to the goings-on.

Welcome To Sajjanpur begins well. In fact, the beginning portions are a treat to the eyes-the noiseless narrow lanes of the village, the green pastures, the vast fields and kachcha roads passing through it are a treat to watch since such scenes can never be seen by people like us-the city crowd!

Certain sequences and situations in the film reminds of films which had a rural setting such as Malamaal Weekly, Aaja Nachle, Swades and even Lagaan for that matter. However, the entire plot of the film and to a certain extent, the characters are completely original.

The story hardly moves ahead in the first hour and therefore, at some points, the film tends to get boring. Also the song ‘Bheeni Bheeni’ song in the first hour bores a lot due to its wrong placement in the film even though the song is a nice soft number. However, the film takes a good turn in the second half when the goings-on become even more interesting and surprising too at times. The climax was unique however Shobharani and Ramkumar’s fate was horribly shown.

The film is entirely on Shreyas Talpade’s shoulder who gives an outstanding performance! In the first scene itself (where he introduces himself and the village), he does a brilliant job! It was great to see him playing the main lead in this film! After Dor and Iqbal, this is surely Shreyas Talapde’s one of the finest performance of his careers!

Amrita Rao, like everytime, gives an honest performance. Though she played a village girl in Vivah too, she manages to do a different job this time and overall, she was in her best form! Ravi Kishan was funny in almost all the scenes. Yashpal Sharma does a good job, though he has played same type of roles in the past. Ravi Jhankal as the eunuch does a marvelous job. Watch out for his sincere performance in the scene when he turns up at Shreyas’ house at night!

Two of Shyam Benegal’s favourties-Rajeshwari Sachdev and Rajit Kapoor are present in the film! While Rajeshwari Sachdev does her job perfectly, Rajit Kapoor was only there for two short scenes.

Ila Arun didn’t get much scope. Divya Dutta was entertaining. Vallabh Vyas was the most hilarious in the film! Kunal Kapoor is also there in the film in guest appearance. I wonder why he is accepting such inconsequential roles. And his role is almost similar (even the situation) to the one he played in Bachna Ae Haseeno! The old man playing Rajeshwari’s father in law showed tremendous energy! Others were good.

Shantanu Moitra’s music was good and suited the mood of the film. Two songs were the best-Sitaram and ‘Aadmi Azaad Hai’. ‘Bheeni Bheeni’ and ‘Ek Meetha Marz’ were good too but ended up making the first hour dragging. Sitaram Remix and ‘Dildara’-the two songs promoted on TV are missing from the film!

Ashok Mishra’s dialogue and screenplay play a major role in making the film entertaining. Some of the dialogues were powerful and utterly hilarious. Ashok Mishra also provided lyrics for the song ‘Aadmi Azaad Hai’ which was wonderful too!

Finally, Shyam Benegal does a wonderful job, and silenced everyone who felt that comedy is not his cup of tea! With hardly any storyline, Shyam Benegal managed to make a light entertaining flick, which succeeds in bringing a smile on viewer’s faces! Great work, Mr Benegal!

Some of the best scenes of the movie:

1.    The introduction scene

2.    Mahadev and Kamla’s childhood flashback (best scene!)

3.    Ramsingh’s entry

4.    The chase sequence of Ramkumar!

5.    An injured Ramkumar meeting Mahadev (good scene with a twist!)

6.    The song ‘Munni Ki Baari’ and ‘Aadmi Aazad Hai’

7.    The last 20 minutes of the movie

On the whole, Welcome To Sajjanpur is a good light entertainer, on the lines of Malamaal Weekly, Swades and even the popular TV Show Malgudi Days. Watch it for its rural touch and its charming simplicity!

P.S.: The film was earlier titled Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur. The film’s title was changed to Welcome To Sajjanpur recently and that too after the film was censored. That is why, the film’s title is shown as ‘Mahadev Ka Sajjanpur’ in the Censor Certificate in the beginning!


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