The country laughed as our very own stand up comedian, Kapil Sharma made his foray into the world of films with his debut venture.”Kis Kis ko Pyaar karoon”. I went to see the movie as well, and was amused by everything that was portrayed in the film, from the way he was married (numerous times) to the typical portrayal of the human conscience that regards sex and only sex as the basis of love.
The film showed how the Indian society was going hayward with films like this from one of the country’s or rather, one of the world’s best stand up comedians. Kapil Sharma must have remembered once that there are many who actually, idolise him, the way he upgraded his life from being the son of poor parents to the glam boy of the tinsel town. The “rags to riches” story of Kapil Sharma has inspired a huge lot of youth, with an interest in stand up comedy to dream big, and now, from the very hero of millions, comes a film which actually, demonstrates that polygamy is no problem in the country. Kapil while portraying the character dedicates himself to satisfying four girls truthfully. Now, my only question is, is it really a possibility that a single man can actually carry on a relationship with four girls and still be the epitome of ‘faithfulness’ that is portrayed in the film.
We all know how the percentage of teenage pregnancy and illegal pregnancy is on the rise in the country (reasons can be varied, but focussing on the end result), but still knowing that, the director deliberately portrayed the hackneyed concept of ‘Pyaar karo’ linked to physical love. There are numerous shots in the film which show the girl (all of the four) crying for their husband (Kapil) to love them and by that they mean sex. Many Bollywood reviewers gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, which leaves me shocked at what they see in a film to rate it, is it the sleazy numbers, or is it the sex jokes. Movies affect the teen mind like no other thing, so, it’s not unnatural for the teens or even the adults, to link up sex with love on seeing such movies. precautionary measures, though available, might not always be on the mind of teens, driven by what they see on the TV, who have a love to know the unknown.
Although the movie received criticisms, they were few in number, Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle wrote that Varun Sharma’s portrayal of Karan was comic, but the screenplay was “dismal”, the music was “ear piercing” and the dance numbers were “sleazy”, with Kapil Sharma’s dancing described as “stiff”.
Martin D’Souza from Glamsham went on to say that “All credit goes to Kapil Sharma, who is making his debut on the big screen. A well-known name on television, it is Kapil’s comic timing and assurance of turning a nondescript scene into something humongously hilarious is what tilts the scales in favour of this film. A fine actor, who does not go overboard, or who does not find himself lost in any situation. Even the most ridiculous of scenes, he turns on its head without looking like a buffoon and that is a huge plus for any actor. On second thoughts, I cannot see any present-day actor who would put life in these dead scenes.”
Renuka Vyavahare of The Times of India giving it 2 out of five stars, said, “The girls look pretty and the samandar song is beautiful but if you want to see the film solely for Kapil’s brand of humour, you get babaji ka thullu.”
The idea of polygamy has been long stanched into the Indian film industry. From the time, the Indian directors discovered that they could rope in big money from relatively weak scripts by introducing the concept of two wives (or in this case, multiple) and enacting cheap jokes and an even cheaper level of screenplay of the female contour. From Dharmendra to Govinda, everybody has feasted on the concept and reaped in millions from their supposedly comedy films. The film from Kapil Sharma is no different from those films which show that; polygamy is good, which show that polygamy is not condemnable if you can satisfy all your wives (ha-ha). The ending of the film, which shows Kapil bidding goodbye to all his four wives, leaves me anxious of what hedonistic outcome the society will arrive at if every youth follows the path treaded by Kapil in the film.
At a time, when India is facing numerous incidents of marital rape and forced polygamy, the film comes as a shocker to persons like me, who did not expect such cheap stunts for publicising a film from an artist of his stature. The whole viability and authority of the actor and the directors (the legendary Abbas-Mustan) comes under the microscope with the film. Films, portray the evolution of the society, they depict the society in a way that no media can and with such films coming from such epic personalities, it’s really a matter of concern regarding its effect on the youth of the country. Already, the commdification of the female sex is on the rise, and while showing ne man marrying repeated women, this whole idea only gets a boost that ‘women are nothing but machines to satisfy the man’.
Yes, I laughed while watching the film, yes, while watching, I was amused by the scenes and the sequences in the film, but once I came out of the hall, I was filled with a deep sense of regret, when I saw the lady sitting on the road with her child clasped to her breasts, and, who does not probably know who the father of her child is and who was probably promised the very things which Kapil promised his wives in the film. I was filled with grief, when I came back home and turned the pages of an old newspaper and found out how a woman committed suicide, when she found out that her husband had already been previously married before he made the marriage proposal to her, which is similar to what was justified in the film.