Release Date - 08/31/2011
Language - Hindi
Genre - Comedy
MUMMY PUNJABI is the 'New Age Mother India', with today's grandeur, intensity, humour & emotions. A complete family entertainer, wherein a Punjabi urban mother balances tradition with her own value system. The movie brings to life her realistic vision of life, the joys, pleasures, as well as the social forces experienced by her and the family. It plays upon the uniqueness of her relationships with her husband and children, and her special relationship with a... Read more
MUMMY PUNJABI is the 'New Age Mother India', with today's grandeur, intensity, humour & emotions. A complete family entertainer, wherein a Punjabi urban mother balances tradition with her own value system. The movie brings to life her realistic vision of life, the joys, pleasures, as well as the social forces experienced by her and the family. It plays upon the uniqueness of her relationships with her husband and children, and her special relationship with a neighbor who admires her 'completeness'. With the story rooted in Chandigarh, there are several foot tapping Punjabi songs and dances. Over the course of the film, her life comes a full circle as she reflects on her relationships, connecting with the hearts of all mothers, sons, daughters…
Movie Review :
Today there are more soaps on television then the real soaps in people's homes. Hence, when going to watch films, audiences expect more than a melodramatic, disappointing and condensed soap opera, which is exactly what "Mummy Punjabi" is.
Mummy Punjabi is the story of a mother who has to deal with changes when her kids get married. Babyji a.k.a. Mummyji (Kirron Kher) is a modern mother who lives in Chandigarh with her husband (Kanwaljeet) and their three adult children. While she gives full freedom to her young daughter (Simran), Mummyji is rather protective of her two sons, of whom one (Sachin Sharma) is a doctor and the other (Viraf Patel), a restaurateur. Mummyji dreams of marrying off the doctor-son to an NRI girl, while she wants a homely girl for the other son. In spite of her husband’s pleas, she gives her daughter a free hand to do whatever she wants.
A Sikh bachelor (Jackie Shroff), who was Mummyji’s college classmate, stays close to their house and often visits the family. He openly admires Mummyji. Her husband takes this in good humour as he is also friends with the bachelor. A maid (Divya Dutta) is the gossip-monger of the housing society.
Soon, Mummyji finds suitable brides for her two sons. To her surprise, the brides, who seem to fit into her criteria for her daughters-in-law, reveal their true colours afterwards. While her homely daughter-in-law breaks into an outrageous dance at her younger son’s wedding, her NRI daughter-in-law turns out to be a cheat, who was trying to swindle the family! However, life soon returns to normalcy as the daughters-in-law come around. Next, Mummyji also discovers that her son has actually been operating a night-club and had lied to her about running a restaurant. Mummyji is aghast but takes it in her stride. Soon, both her sons and their wives leave for the US for better prospects. An ageing Mummyji and husband are left behind alone with the daughter. Mummyji’s bachelor-friend also gets married. Even her daughter finds a good suitor and marries him. What happens next? Does Mummyji continue living life as she always has, or does her life change? What about her children and their spouses? The rest of the film and the climax answer these questions.
The only saving grace in the film is Kirron Kher, who despite very little scope in terms of the story and direction, does her best to keep the film together. It is however sad, that one of the best actress on Indian screen, a woman whose full range of talents have been exploited in masterpieces like "Khamosh Pani", is given such caricatured roles in badly directed films. Bollywood can, and should, do better for her.
Kanwaljeet Singh, as a chilled out father, and Divya Dutta as a gossipy maid do a good job too. But the rest of the cast seem straight out of a TV serial with big-screen aspirations in their eyes.
Even bit roles done by the likes of Jackie Shroff, Satish Kushik, Gurdas Mann and Rohit Roy cannot save the film that plays to the gallery in a very predictable script and execution.
Mummy Punjabi is a melodramatic TV serial on the silver screen.