Sharma Ji Namkeen, the last movie of everyone’s favorite, Chintu Ji urf Late Rishi Kapoor, was released last weekend. The film was in production when Rishi Ji’s sad demise happened. The movie was then completed by the very talented Mr. Paresh Rawal donning the hat of Mr. Sharma, the character initially played by Rishi Ji.

For the first time, a single character is portrayed by two different actors. Sharma Ji Namkeen should get the brownie points for the efforts they showed to complete something that was left incomplete and gave viewers a chance to cherish the performance of beloved Rishi Ji one more time. Thankfully, they took the chance of not shelving the movie or dropping all the scenes involving Rishi Ji, rather openly merging the existing scenes with Paresh Rawal’s scenes shot afterward.

I still remember the feeling when we first heard of Rishi Kapoor’s demise in 2020; the nation felt that pain. There was no Bollywood fan who didn’t shed a tear. And seeing him on the screen again was surreal. Trust me; just watch the film to see him once again, one last time. You don’t need any other reason.

Check out the trailer here!

For some, the movie might not do wonders, but the simplicity of a homely film is what warms my heart. Being a child of a retired father, I can relate to the emptiness in Sharma Ji’s life and his umpteen efforts to do something to keep him occupied. To an extent being okay to start a stall in the evening so that he has an agenda to look forward to throughout the day. A simple, down-to-earth, innocent Sharma Ji is every parent ever. And I can guarantee that his kid, Rinku is also like every young son ever, finding it hard to balance between being a supportive son and an embarrassed son. Don’t get me wrong; Rinku always thought good for his father but never had that confidence in an average salaried – now retired one. And all of us knowingly or unknowingly have been in this situation!

Other than Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal as Sharma Ji, the film’s cast also includes Juhi Chawala, Sulagna Panigrahi, Sheeba Chaddha, Ayesha Raza, Satish Kaushik, Parmeet Sethi, Suhail Nayyar, and Isha Talwar.

The innocence that every character held in the film makes it a wholesome laughter family drama film. From Sharma Ji to his kitty gang,  from family to friends, everyone in the movie has a story and a character that you and I can relate to or need in our real lives.

The beauty of the film is that no one is a villain or one with malicious intent. Everyone is under the pressure of a self-baggage that needs to be shared with the family if you want to get it off your shoulder. Sharma Ji Namkeen opens up the conversation about companionship, single-fatherhood, self-love, post-retirement life, and the importance of family. 

Have you watched this one yet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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