Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Movie Review

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (Hindi)

Release Date:
January 11, 2013

Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is a comedy-drama about Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapoor), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry's man Friday, Matru (Imran Khan).

Much to her father's delight, Bijlee is all set to marry Baadal (Aarya Babbar), the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi (Shabana Aami). This alliance which is far from just being a simple union of two young people becomes the seed for a story that brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.

Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola is a comedy-drama about Harry Mandola... Show More

The film is an endless series of distractions while we anticipate the main event – these distractions, in other words, are the main event

The Hindu

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola feels like a puzzle in which all the pieces don’t fit. Its idiosyncrasies are both its strength and its undoing.

Hindustan Times

Vishal Bhardwaj gives us a film that's enjoyable and relevant in equal measure

The film passed me by in the first hour. It enticed me back again in the second half. But not enough to make me forget the inert prologue

Indian Express

The intersection of Bhardwaj’s extravagance, a business end catering to a perceived public palate, and the ineffective delivery of a social message is off center and misses the bullseye

Mumbai Mirror

Laced with both acid and arsenic, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola isn't everyone's cup of tea. It takes a while to get into its groove, but changes gears with spectacular finesse after that.


The build-up is superb, and the narrative leaves ample room for each character to grow on you. But the film crumbles in the climax, giving you an end that is too filmy for satisfaction

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola comes across as a wannabe attempt by Vishal Bharadwaj. His most disappointing and uninspiring work!

Times of India

Empty political posturing, contrived humour, little depth or honesty, and a few masterful scenes

A cocktail of madness, random humour and good writing that’ll make you go hic hic hurrah!


Like champagne gone flat, the film's left lying about for too late, its plot meandering everywhere, the director so determined to have fun that often, the viewer doesn't

Times of India

Despite the uneven quality of the ambitious narrative, Bhardwaj packs in just about enough quirky energy to make Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola generally watchable

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola fails to leave an impact and ends up disappointing you. Pankaj Kapur's hilarious histrionics can be the only reason to watch the film.


Unfortunately, MKBKM does not deliver all that it promises.

Holds your attention in parts, but that's not enough