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Family Of Thakurganj movie review: Jimmy Sheirgill’s movie suffers from familiar Bollywood hang-ups

Family Of Thakurganj movie review: Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill and Saurabh Shukla tries to borrow and steal from several films but fails to be half as good as any of them.

bollywood Updated: Jul 19, 2019 16:58 IST

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Family Of Thakurganj movie review: The narrative of Manoj K Jha’s film has no USP.
Family Of Thakurganj movie review: The narrative of Manoj K Jha’s film has no USP.
         

Family Of Thakurganj
Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill, Saurabh Shukla, Nandish Singh
Director: Manoj K Jha
Rating: 2/5

 

The first thing you notice about Family Of Thakurganj is the sheer number of influences that overshadow its effort at storytelling. It is almost as if director Manoj K Jha was trying to cross the thematic essentials of Gangs Of Wasseypur with the small town spiff of Dabangg and the humour-violence cocktail of Satya, in order to set up a Deewar-style disparity in ideals among two brothers.

By turns, the film seems like a grim gangland saga that inadvertently becomes funny, and an attempted spoof of a gangland saga that is far from funny.

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This is the story of Nannu (Jimmy Sheirgill) and Munnu (Nandish Singh), brothers who live in Thakurganj, an Uttar Pradesh small town. After their father dies, Nannu takes to crime. He soon becomes a gangster who works for the powerful Baba Bhandari (Saurabh Shukla).

Among Nannu’s many transgressions is a thriving extortion racket he runs with his wife (Mahie Gill). His mother supports his criminal ways, but law-abiding younger brother Munnu, who runs a coaching class, resents Nannu’s exploits.

The narrative has no USP in Family Of Thakurganj.
The narrative has no USP in Family Of Thakurganj.

The stage is set for a crusty small town tale that promises to build its drama around conflict, intrigue and suspense, with apt doses of humour and violence thrown in.

Sadly, writer Dilip Shukla, who carved his niche as commercial Bollywood’s small town specialist scripting the Dabangg films, is out of form here. As the initial interest wanes, the film fails to hold audience’s attention.

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The screenplay moves along undecidedly, and you realise what is wrong. The narrative has no USP. Standard melodrama takes over, reminiscent of numerous similar attempts, salvaged only by the odd bursts of humour.

Lack of USP is evident in the casting too. Jimmy Sheirgill as the goon and Mahie Gill as the plotting wife would by now seem like cliches in a film’s credits. Saurabh Shukla’s local don and Yashpal Sharma’s corrupt cop suffer the same setback. If these actors of proven talent somehow manage to rise above the film’s overall mediocrity, the relatively greenhorn Nandish Singh, seen last week playing Hrithik Roshan’s brother in Super 30, clearly struggles to hold his own.

This is one family whose story suffers from the familiar Bollywood hang-ups.

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First Published: Jul 19, 2019 16:54 IST

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