What is it all about?
Oh yeah.... This is a rare Bollywood arousal. Bollywood grows and becomes more passionate after making a sarcastic remark on Amrika last week; this one raises and satisfies your hormones of fun, masti with its naughty level of horniness, 'Mirch' is a film with a one-track mind and a single ambition to entertain with layers and should happily wear that crown until another film sets out to steal it.
Coming from Vinay Shukla the helmer of the acclaimed 'God Mother' which starred Shabana Azmi in the lead, changes gear in 'Mirchi' but doesn't forget to celebrate womanhood but this time with a wit on its own.
Chauvinist may find it difficult t accept but for more open minds it an arousing experience.
'Mirch' gives ample time for the women to score which translates into extra coin for its prospects making it a must see comedy for adults.
The Story... Of course
Maanav (Arunoday Singh) is a struggling filmmaker who is unwilling to compromise on the script he has written. His girlfriend Ruchi (Shahana Goswami) a successful film editor, arranges for him to meet Nitin (Sushant Singh), a film producer.
Nitin likes the script, but is not very sure of its commercial prospects.
Maanav then suggests a story from the Panchtantra: 'A woman is caught red-handed with her lover by her husband and yet, she manages to wriggle out of it scot-free!'
Nitin finds it too short for a feature film. Maanav then creates three more stories based on the same premise: in a way, the Panchtantra story travels in different versions to the modern times through the film.
The four stories are woven together by a common story.
'Mirch' echoes the message - if you have your wits about you, you can salvage even the most impossible situation.
The message is simple - At a deeper level, 'Mirch' is about the gender equality in relationship.
What to look out for?
The nothing-fancy, just-get-to-the-point approach continues throughout, with the known pattern of a film within a film. This modern version of Panchatantra which travels in its various versions to modern times never gets vulgar and its smartly devoted to its sexual undercurrent, Vinay's narration makes it simple and smooth and is able to claim marvelous performance from its actors especially Konkona Sen Sharma.
The movie's short stories are its comic highlight which comes with an unexpected twist in the end which makes it really funny.
Disclosing the stories will kill the charm but it feels that the period story of the king in Rajasthan should end up being the favourite.
Bollywood has had its share of comedies which tries to please all but this is loyal to its genre and succeeds in its elementary mission due to its sheer wit layered by fundamental realism about gender equality and coming out during difficult times with your wisdom.
Konkana is the best but Raima is not far behind, Arunoday Singh is natural, Shreyas Talpade is competent, Shahana Goswami is good as usual, Rajpal Yadav is fine, Boman Irani excels, Sushant Singh gives justice, Prem Chopra is apt, Saurabh Shukla is fair, Tisca Chopra and Ila Arun chip in with valuable support.
The talked about love making scenes are well shot.
Smartly shot and sharply edited with fine production values
The film within a film pattern is fine but more innovative way could have been planned. Sometimes the movie suffers from predictability.
Conclusion: All said and done, 'Mirch' stands out as a rare Bollywood arousal, its witty, naughty and of course sexy.
Rating ***and ½