Vasan Bala’s debut directorial Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is an extremely fresh and hilarious interpretation of the heroics we have seen in Hindi cinema. It is pretty much like watching Deadpool as the story elements are typical yet tweaked like a
Surya is our central protagonist. He has this particular medical condition because of which he won’t feel any pain. His deeds in the childhood force his father and grandfather to move to a secluded place with him until he is trained to cope with his physical condition. What happens when he is finally set free to the outer world is what the movie showing us.
Just like how Karate Mani’s friend calls Surya as cheaper versions of vigilante characters in Bollywood, the concept here has that lose resemblance with Deadpool. Just like Deadpool our hero is also kind of immune to pain. And what was so funny/peculiar was that what kept this superhero running was water. And the spoofing is also pretty hilarious. At the very beginning there is a scene where a bunch of goons is coming at our hero in slow-motion and our hero raises a very genuine concern; what if one of them falls. I was someone who thought the 70’s 80’s twists/ story elements (Martha scene of BvS) can never be used in new age films and Vasan Bala sort of proved me wrong when he introduced the love track without necessarily spoofing it. There are some areas in the first half of the movie where I felt the film was lingering on to certain scenes for a bit too long.
Vasan Bala knows that he is making a fresh film using clichéd ingredients one has seen in many films. And because he openly acknowledges it, the experience becomes super funny. The climax fight of the film has Gulshan Devaiah breaking the stereotypes of Bollywood fights through his dialogues. When awesomely brutal fights like those are clubbed with such kind of humor, the fun just doesn’t seem to end. Vasan is quirky even in stating his political statements. The aimless heroine and her mother have a track in the film which was actually a replica of the real-life struggle of many women. And what I liked the most was his dig at overdosage patriotic films and ironically this movie is produced by RSVP who produced URI. The aspect ratio of the visuals is different and the slow-motion fight sequences were too sexy. The visual effects that have made sure that everything blends in with the narrative deserve a pat on the back. Background score packs a punch to this fun ride.
As a hero, Abhimanyu Dassani seems to be pretty confident and has that flow. Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota largely uses a single dimension of this character because of the physicality aspect. He definitely proves himself as a physically tough and agile young guy. My first favorite here is Gulshan Devaiah who just plays with the duality effectively. If you look at the whole film from the acting perspective, it is Devaiah who has got the better moments here and the actor has scored in almost every scene. Gorgeous Radhika Madan assures that she is here to stay with her acting chops. In the beginning, I felt like she will also get reduced into a mere beauty prop, but luckily Vasan built a relevant subplot surrounding that character which makes this movie slightly political too. Mahesh Manjrekar as the cool grandfather, Jimit Trivedi as the conservative father and the kid who performed the role of the childhood version of Surya were also quite memorable.
The uniqueness is the USP of this action comedy that constantly spoofs the predictable nature of almost every genre that got mentioned in the film’s narrative. With stunning visuals and quirky humor getting presented in a really exciting way, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is definitely for those who like to see variety.
Vasan Bala's debut directorial Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is an extremely fresh and hilarious interpretation of the heroics we have seen in Hindi cinema.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended