Mere Pyaare Prime Minister Review: Dull Attempt to showcase the well intention-ed story.
Last Modified On: 15 March 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
A boy from a Mumbai slum dreams of building a toilet for his mother in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s movie.
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Bollywood is trying to tell the tabooed stories occurring around the society since two-three years.
Movies like Padman and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha are some of the examples. Mere Pyaare Prime Minister also enters into the list.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Mere Pyare Prime Minister (MPPM) tells the story of a child in Mumbai whose campaign for a toilet in his slum begins when he realises the danger his mother faces while relieving herself in darkened public places since there is no toilet available to her.
It tooks long-time for the narrative to reveal the premise of the story where little Kanhaiya a.k.a. Kannu discovers his cause.
The story picks up from then on, but the writing of the protagonist is not particularly novel or deep, and the actor himself does not manage to give the character an edge.
Young Om Kanojiya who plays Kannu is not as dynamic as the many excellent child artistes Bollywood has discovered in the past decade nor quite as talented.
The main problem with the film is that if the child wants to give justice his mother and the problem is due to lack of sanitation, and building a toilet then Kanhu had have addressed his letter to the most powerful local administrator, but Mere Pyare Chief Minister or Mere Pyare Municipal Commissioner doesn’t quite have the same ring.
The issue this film is dealing with is tabooed and can make viewers uncomfortable but that is how in the real life things occur.
But the solutions presented in such films are so simplistic and easily achieved that it is hard to digest.
Instead of creating an open discussion this film in the urge of third act structure doesn’t really helps the viewers understand the problem.
Hence, making this film a dull attempt to deal with the solution.
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Average Critic Rating:2.5 out of 5.0 based on 4 critic reviews.
Reviewed by: Saurabh S Nair | No rating in stars
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Mere Pyare Prime Minister (MPPM) tells the story of a child in Mumbai whose campaign for a toilet in his slum begins when he realises the danger his mother faces while relieving herself in darkened public places since there is no toilet available to her. Read full review
The Times Of India
Reviewed by: Reza Noorani | Rating:
Open defecation is a huge problem facing India, and has already been addressed in a film last year. So when Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra decides to come up with another film on the same subject, you might hope he may have something more to say. Does he? Almost. While the previous film was a love story where a husband works at building toilets for his wife, here, we have a young boy named Kanhu (Om Kanojiya) who wants to do the same for his mother. Read full review
Reviewed by: Raja Sen | Rating:
In Hindi, sexually transmitted diseases are coyly called ‘gupt rog.’ They are treated as an illicit secret, and this unfortunate stigma allows director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to stage a most charming scene of courtship in Mere Pyare Prime Minister. In his new film, a young man takes a young woman, a victim of rape, to a clinic to get tested for STDs and, noticing her shame, announces he needs the tests himself. It is only after himself braving the nurse’s condescension that he offhandedly asks if she should get tested as well, since she’s there. This is chivalry at its most effective. Read full review
The Indian Express
Reviewed by: Shubhra Gupta | Rating:
Mere Pyare Prime Minister movie review: The attempt at balancing the serious with the jokey sits uneasy. And there’s no getting away from the all-hail-the-PM rah-rah-ness: a return letter from his high office conjures up willing officials and, yes, a place where you can go when you have to. Read full review