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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

“Mr. and Mrs. Mahi” Review: A Dull Story That Even Cricket Can’t Save

Today sees the release of Mr. and Mrs. Mahi in theaters. The film, which runs for two hours and eighteen minutes, stars Janhvi Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao in the key roles. Rajkummar, who plays a devoted but self-centred spouse, has the most implausible character arch in the film. However, Janhvi’s character is much more capable of making inorganic decisions. The actors, who played Mahender and Mahima, also known as Mahi, tried their best to give the parts justice, but they were unable to do so because of the weak plot and bad scripting. The fictional tale of a husband and wife and cricket serves as the basis for Mr. and Mrs. Mahi. Dharma Productions, led by Karan Johar, is the producer of this romantic sports drama.

Conversely, there is some good representation of sports. But only if the discussion centered on what it takes to be a successful athlete rather than what happens after.

The Story

According to the teaser, Mahendra makes an incredible effort to be selected for the cricket squad as the Mr. and Mrs. Mahi movie opens. After his father rejects his request for a second opportunity, the ambitious cricket player becomes a grumpy, disgruntled employee at a sports store. But that was all before he meets Mahima, a positive practicing physician, who is won over by his candor. They are reunited through the blessing of an arranged marriage, and they quickly fall in love and become passionate about cricket. In an attempt to win his father’s respect, the husband then trains his wife to be a successful cricket player.


After four years, Sharan Sharma, who previously collaborated with Janhvi Kapoor on “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl,” has returned to direct. Having previously produced an OTT film, Mr. and Mrs. Mahi presents a significant potential for the up-and-coming director as well. With Dharma Productions behind him, Sharan had it all but only if he used it to its full potential. The writing and direction of Mr. and Mrs. Mahi are its weakest points. Janhvi Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao don’t have compelling character arcs. Suddenly, a devoted husband becomes envious of his wife. And all it takes to realize where he was making mistakes was a five-minute chat with his mother. Later on, he can be seen cheering his wife’s accomplishments and dotting on her once more. Only if Rajkummar had been fully utilized and not just wanted as an act-in actor, only if Sharan had given Mahender some depth and made the situation somewhat organic.

However, the writing for Janhvi by Sharan and Nikhil Mehrotra is much more amazing. A practicing physician only gives up her demanding but predetermined career when her lover commands her to. Mahima literally needs a night and a half to realize that cricket, not medicine, is the source of her actual happiness. Afterwards, all it takes is one song to bring back her cricketing spirit, and presto—she’s chosen. Even more disheartening is the fact that Mahima, who has loved cricket since she was a young child, now finds herself at a loss when she understands that Mahinder’s support for her is more complex than simple love. Subsequently, the expected tension of the final ball, some inspirational remarks, and a six!


Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Mahi’s music doesn’t really work. The movie features four key songs: two love songs, one depressing song, and one inspirational one. The only music that I could get to work was “Agar Ho Tum.” “Dekha Tenu” is an excellent film, but only if it had more screen time. However, “Roya Jab Tu” was the most repulsive aspect of the movie. The actors could have dealt with their heartbreaks while the music played in the background. Furthermore, Manan Bharadwaj and Amit Trivedi had a fantastic chance to compose an inspiring song that would be remembered.

Unfortunately, because ‘Junoon Hain’ had no effect at all, the music directors were unable to fully capitalize on the occasion. Conversely, ‘Tu Hain Toh’ seemed like a decent song—that is, if it had been included in the movie.


What’s even more unexpected is Rajkummar Rao’s choice for Mr. and Mrs Mahi. It is concerning that a performer with his resume of roles in Omerta, Newton, Trapped, and Srikanth would produce something of this caliber. Given that he captured every emotion of Mahender on screen, the National Award-winning actor deserves extra credit. Love for the performer in Mr. and Mrs. Mahi was difficult, though, because of the confusing text.

As Mahima, however, Janhvi Kapoor seems like a good fit. For her tenacity and dedication to learning cricket, the actress deserves recognition. The diligence with which Kapoor has studied cricket and its shots is evident in her footwork, which she uses to execute flawless cover drives. Nevertheless, there isn’t any boundary running between the wickets or single-doubles.

The main supporting cast for Mr. and Mrs. Mahi consists of Arjit Taneja, Zarina Wahab, Yamini Das, and Purnendu Bhattacharya. But it was Rajesh Sharma and Kumud Mishra who truly made their performances matter. Both Mishra and Rajesh Sharma’s portrayals of a dim-witted and uncaring father are so spot-on that it’s impossible not to detest them. I suppose good actors always leave their imprint.


Mr. and Mrs. Mahi is a slow movie with a popular story. In Roohi, when Janhvi played a possessed girl, Rajkummar and Janhvi had greater chemistry than in this movie. There are scenes in the movie that give the impression that the characters aren’t even talking the same language. You may also be reminded of a few daily soap operas on Star Plus and Zee TV by Sharan Sharma’s second movie. The lack of memorable music and visuals makes the movie seem lifeless, dull, and uninteresting. Unfortunately, Mr. and Mrs. Mahi only earn two stars, despite their kindness.

Taushif Patel
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Taushif Patel is a Author and Entrepreneur with 20 years of media industry experience. He is the co-founder of Target Media and publisher of INSPIRING LEADERS Magazine, Director of Times Applaud Pvt. Ltd.

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