Mast Mein Rehne Ka review: If you're looking for a feel-good film, this goofy, slice of life film is perfect for you!

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Mast Mein Rehne Ka

Mast Mein Rehne Ka

Mast Mein Rehne Ka review: Amidst all the chaos in the world and the cynicism this cinema of life with all its life lessons offers much needed hope and a whole lot of joy! 

Mast Mein Rehne Ka review: Loneliness is a strange feeling that isn't experienced only with age, it's something we experience at any age even while being surrounded by people. And today, we live in a world where when a doorbell rings, it more often than not turns out be a delivery person. How did we come to a time when meeting our next-door neighbors became excruciatingly painful and a struggle? Given the world of loneliness that we all are somehow surviving in, Vijay Maurya's film is that nudge for you to find that company and friendship with strangers who teach you the art of living.

The film runs with four people drawing two parallels to life, one is about two elders who have lived a life and now is the time for them to live life on their terms while the other one is about two poor youngsters who are born on the other side of the class divide, and just started to live a life. It's astonishing how a place as crowded as Mumbai can be so alienating. This lens of looking at the city kind of reminds you of Lunchbox.

And sort of like Fernandes, Kammath (Jackie Shroff) is a 75-year-old depressed and lonely old man, who after the loss of his wife, just exists by isolating himself from everyone. He is the perfect definition of what you loosely refer to as 'khusat buddha', he follows a set pattern in life living according to an alarm clock, cooks, cleans, and goes to Nana-Nani Park to exercise. He is so tired of living this life that when a thief tries to rob him, in a heartbreaking moment, he asks him to kill him. When he's asked by the police officers to socialise more so that if he one day he dies, someone doesn't have to recognise his death by the stinking smell that come after the body rots for a while, he ends up meeting a full-of-life 60-something Prakash Kaur (Neena Gupta), who has just recently shifted from Canada and co-incidentally ends up getting robbed by the same thief. She is the perfect definition of what you loosely refer to as 'bindass buddhiya'.

However, that's not the end of an unlikely pair of strangers meeting up with each other in the strangest way possible. The common thief, Nanhe (Abhishek Chauhan) is not actually a criminal. Rather, he's a gifted tailor, who in this cycle of surviving life, is just trying to make a decent living. But to his luck and a chain of debt, this costume designer for Bollywood Dance Troupe just can't be successful. Hence in desperation, he resorts to stealing from elders who live alone and look at the irony of life, one day his tailoring machine gets stolen. And he ends up meeting Rani (Monica Panwar), a beggar, bar dancer, sex worker, crook, or whatever life throws at her in this game of survival. She is hardened by life, not by choice, and just needs someone to look at her rather than just ogle at her. 

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This is a goofy film that makes you feel sad, not in a bad way but in a heartwarming way like that emoji that is smiling as well as crying. It has infectious energy where nothing is stylised or dramatised to highlight a point, rather it all just flows like life itself. It also has a Bollywood beating heart where a character rushes toward the airport to stop another with the gravity of an Indie film where a character broken down by life, gives off 'ye dulh khae khatum nahi hota' vibes! 

The four actors and their screen presence is what makes you live this film rather than just experience it. Jackie Shroff's and Neena Gupta's entire body language depicts their characters. Shroff's stooped body depicts Kammath's burden while the free way with which Gupta walks depicts Prakash Kaur's freedom from all the shackles of patriarchy. Abhishek Chauhan has this innocent presence about him as if Nanhe's naiveness is too sweet for this cruel world and Monika Panwar has this fierce effect as if Rani is molded by society. Rakhi Sawant, who gets to play a character like herself is unmissable and loveable!

In this crazy way of strangers bumping into each other orchestrated by a city of dreams, nightmares found some solace. The idea of surveying or following turned into the idea of seeking out for company to cure some loneliness, and the idea of living life or surviving it turned into the idea of dealing with the isolating pain of the past. If you think that this film is about finding that light at the end of a dark tunnel or hope, you are wrong. It's about accepting that there are hardships in life, sometimes one too many, but you can always choose to live that life with an attitude of Mast Mein Rehne Ka!

Mast Mein Rehne Ka is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video

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