Throughout his illustrious career, the late legend Rishi Kapoor has acted in a variety of films, including a piece of life. In his last film, the late actor charted a similar area when he said yes to Hitesh Bhatia’s family drama Sharmaji Namkeen. Located on the outskirts of Delhi, Sharma (played by Rishi Kapoor and then Paresh Rawal) lives with his two sons in a middle class house in Delhi. While the eldest son works in a corporate job, the youngest son is in college and is a hip hop dancer.
Director Hitesh Bhatia does not waste any time in shaping Sharmaji’s world as he has been forced to retire from a company in which he has spent almost his entire life. This early retirement of two years has hurt Sharmaji who is not in the mood to stop his busy life completely and spend his evenings in the local park with other retired people. From Zumba to watching saas Bahu’s show, Sharma is fed up with tears. Cooking breakfast and lunch for his sons is his morning routine that brings a smile to his face. In the first few minutes of the film, we get to see that the cinematography of Piyush Puty and Harendra Singh fills our mouths with the delicious food that Sharma cooks in his small kitchen. But other than that, it’s a rare day for a senior citizen.
As Sharmaji fears retirement, it is Satish Kaushik, who is playing the role of his neighbor friend Chadha, who suggests some weird jobs to waste time. It is recommended that Sharma be started cooking for a so-called Sat Sang, where he is introduced to Juhi Chawla, Sheeba Chaddha and the rest of the gang. All the characters of Bhatia are loud and honest. Whether it’s Sharma’s eldest son Rinku, who is very conscious of his image in society, or Juhi Chawla as Mrs. Manchanda and Kitty Gang – everyone speaks what is on their minds.
About 30 minutes into the film, you will know for sure where the story is going, what conflicts may arise and how it will be resolved. This high prediction lowers the film’s high expectations but Bhatia still manages to keep it happy. The highlight of the film is the authentic delivery of these dialogues through its brush dialogues and cast. Whether it’s Suhail Nayyar as Rinku, Juhi Chawla, Satish Kaushik or Sheeba Chaddha, the cast of the film is well presented.
As soon as Sharma starts working as an “expert cook” at Kitty parties and eventually becomes a member of Kitty, he leads a secret life that his sons do not know. However, it all breaks down in the last half of the film when Bhatia starts making climax. As an audience, it’s very easy to connect the dots and predict how Sharmaji will end up salty. These are just some of the humorous and humorous moments that save a movie.
Apart from storytelling and writing, Sharmaji Namkeen’s biggest challenge is to play a role of two actors. However, Bhatia has kept the transition between Kapoor and Rawal as much as possible. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. Along with the full promotion of the film, the team has also managed to train the minds of the viewers that you and Kapoor will be seen in the same role. While the heartbreaking scenes are largely done by Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal does a good job of filling the actor’s shoes. However, the late actor was badly missed.
Many stories of Sharmaji Namkeen have been attributed to different characters like Sharmaji, his son Rinku, Juhi Chawla and even Kitty Gang, but they all come and go. The issue of Rinku’s property and the embarrassment over his father’s cooking that sticks all around and takes shape. As Sharma ji saves his son from the clutches of the police because of his “connections”, we can easily forget Sharma ji’s love for cooking.
A film based on the life of Hitesh Bhatia will make you happy with Rishi Kapoor’s charm, comedy and food. The team also pays its dearest tribute to the late legend in a touching scene after the climax. Overall, though, Sharmaji Namkeen laughs hard at the right place with his heart.