An exaggeration of Manmohan Desai’s cliché formula

Dil Dimag Aur Batti is an interesting name for a Marathi film, isn’t it? It makes you wonder if the film has the three elements mentioned in its name, or is it a pun on the genre? Turns out it’s neither. So what is it? Well, let’s not spoil the fun for the brave who want to see the movie. Instead, let’s take a look at the plot.

The film opens with Manmohan Desai walking out of court. What? Did you think a 70s and 80s Bollywood homage would be complete without Manmohan Desai? Either way, it turns out that Desai (Dilip Prabhavalkar) is looking for her lost son-in-law (don’t tell us you didn’t see it coming!). Why the court then? Shouldn’t he be at the police station? Well, he went there and then to his trusted astrologer who suggested he change his name as he carries a baggage of being associated with the formula “lost and found”. Wait. Bear with us. In flashback, we also learn that Desai’s son-in-law, Amitabh (Pushkar Shrotri), has disappeared after losing his memory after slipping and hitting his head on the floor. We are introduced to Amitabh’s wife, Jaya (Sonali Kulkarni), who is the mother of triplets – Amar, Dilip and Jyoti – who are also separated in another incident, with only Dilip remaining with her. Now we have Desai searching for Amitabh, Jaya searching for Amitabh and her two lost children, and the children living their lives, thinking the women who raised them are their mothers. Why? This is an other story. But that’s not all. There are side storylines involving lost lovers, kidnappings, making a movie and so on. Long story short, this film is full of all the clichés of the retro era of Hindi cinema.

The project boasts of big names in the acting department, with the likes of Prabhavalkar, Kulkarni, Vandana Gupte, Kadam and more. But no matter how many VIPs are on board, it’s hard to stop a rudderless ship from wandering off course. The actors do what is expected of them, but the film lacks a good script, which renders their efforts in vain.

At one point in the film, Pushkar Shrotri claims to have a potion that he claims can teach anyone to act. Some of it could have been sprayed on the supporting cast, perhaps? In another instance, Anand Ingale’s character is exasperated by the chaos around him. That pretty much sums up the viewer’s experience watching Dil Dimag Aur Batti. So isn’t there anything worth watching here, you might ask? If you’re looking for a few wandering laughs and want to see the effort put in by the actors in the film, you can watch this one at your own risk.

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