Starring: Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Arya Babbar
Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj
The irreverence of Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola starts prior to the film. The prelude song, Khatra, plays on the anti-smoking warning that is mandatorily spread across the screen. What was, ostensibly, written to inform the public of the ill effects of cigarettes sends out a dissenting message.
Gulzar is riotously tongue-in-cheek as he takes the mickey out of the ridiculous guideline by drawing attention to some banal everyday hazards: the dangers of eating popcorn or roaming about on the streets. It is left to us to read between his loaded lines and the hilarious English subtitles on screen.
This impertinence and subversion move on to the film. Matru, like Peepli Live, brings the farmer...