The world needs a little bit of humor and some bone tickling comedies to survive the grimness of 2020. Keeping that in mind, Zee Studios says it is all set for the Diwali release of their new film – a title which has an astrological connotation as well as a reference to the names of the lead characters, Suraj and Mangal.
The film, Produced by Zee Studios and distributed by Zee Studios International, features popular actor Diljit Dosanjh delivering “crackling punchlines”, and ‘Dangal’ star Fatima Sana Shaikh seen in a drastically different avatar. Manoj Bajpayee, who plays a wedding detective making his living out of spying on prospective grooms, dons multiple looks as he disguises himself while on the undercover job.
“Bajpayee plays Madhu Mangal Rane with flair and steadfast conviction. Battling him out is his equally worthy opponent, Suraj Singh Dhillon played affably by Diljit. Fatima plays a Marathi mulgi (girl) from Bombay, with a rebellious streak, whose family wants to see her settled,” said in a statement as it released the film’s first look this week.
Set in 1995 Bombay, the director has attempted to capture the city in all its nostalgic glory. Every detail of the era is woven in, from the typical cars reminiscent of the 1990s to the background score that was a trademark of Hindi films of that time.
Talking about his passion project, director Abhishek Sharma said: “This film captures the innocence of bygone times. There is a certain simplicity in the tone we have used which we hope to remind people of the movies of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.
“It is a clean family comedy. It is a funny film but we have consciously ensured to not tread into slapstick humor. It’s a take on the great Indian wedding ‘milestone’ where the whole family participated and ends up in hilarious situations.”
The film's cast also includes Annu Kapoor, Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Nehha Pendse, Manuj Sharma, Neeraj Sood, Abhishek Banerjee, , Karishma Tanna and Vanshikha Sharma.
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