Remembering Rishi Kapoor during the launch, director Hitesh Bhatia revealed that although Rishi Kapoor was excited about the film, he had a mixed reaction to the storyline.
He proposed several changes in the second half of the plot as he felt it was weak. The director spent a few months enhancing the script with the changes made him.
Rishi Kapoor was no less than a legend of the Indian film industry. The potential he had to win the hearts of the audience with his remarkable acting skills is unmatchable. Sharmaji Namkeen gives the audience a final chance to experience the magic of the late actor.
Although he was unable to complete the film, the filmmakers chose Paresh Rawal for the role and Rawal was successful in shining alongside Kapoor in this family entertainer.
The movie begins with Sharmaji receiving a cheque and gifts at the function marking the end of his corporate life and the beginning of his retirement. Sharmaji is not happy with the retirement but he is adjusting to the new life.
A widower with two sons, he spends his post-retirement life trying out new things to pass time. Eventually, cooking catches his interest and he takes comfort in his culinary skills for the time being.
The movie was still in making when Rishi Kapoor passed away. Paresh Rawal completed the other half of the film but the director skillfully blends the two actors and you will see scenes switching between the two of them seamlessly.
The two were exceptional in the development of character and Rawal must definitely be praised for continuing with what Kapoor built.
Sharmaji, although reluctant, make new women friends and join as a chef cooking at their kitty parties. He is later reprimanded by his childhood friend Sikka, who says that serving food is indeed a great honor.
The group is led by Veena Manchanda, played by the skilled actress Juhi Chawla. Although Sharmaji’s son does not know about his newfound passion yet, a video seen by his elder son where the retired father is dancing with a group of ladies is enough to invite him.
He is ashamed of his father and this becomes the heart of the plot where a son is unable to accept his father’s hobby because he feels it would cause problems in his life, especially with his marriage coming up.
He is afraid to be judged for having a father who not only finds pleasure in an activity connected with females from the societal perspective but is also a part of a club with women.
Thus begins the family drama with relatable moments that shows the growing differences between the bond of a father and his sons.
The plot is decent with a delightful performance by the cast. Rawal and Kapoor no doubt offer an amazing execution. However, at some points, the plot seemed repetitive. The film marks the end of an era in Hindi Cinema and the slice of life story around cooking has its sweet and sour.
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