– REEMA CHHABDA
Rishi Kapoor, the late actor, was one of the best in the industry. It’s been almost two years since the renowned actor passed away. His untimely death undoubtedly left a vacuum in the profession. When he died, he was in the middle of filming for his film ‘Sharmaji Namkeen.’ However, actor Paresh Rawal stepped in to finish the film in his place. On that note, on March 31, the much-anticipated film ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ was released on the OTT platform.
Sharmaji (Rishi Kapoor and afterwards Paresh Rawal) lives with his two sons in a typical Delhi middle-class home in the suburbs. While the older son works in corporate America, the younger son is a hip-hop dancer in college.
Sharmaji has been forced to leave the company he has spent practically his entire life developing. Sharmaji, who is in no desire to halt his busy life and spend his nights with other retired people at the local park, is irritated by his two-year early retirement. Sharmaji is bored to tears with everything from Zumba to saas-bahu serials. His morning ritual of cooking breakfast and lunch for his sons is the only thing that makes him happy.
Satish Kaushik, who plays Sharmaji’s neighbourhood friend Chaddha, suggests many odd jobs to pass the time as Sharmaji continues to fear retirement. Sharmaji gets a cooking job for a so-called Satsang where he meets Juhi Chawla, Sheeba Chaddha, and the rest of the gang thanks to this advice. Thus, the story goes on.
The lead performances by Paresh Rawal and Rishi Kapoor, who play Sharmaji, is what make this narrative of a retired senior person seeking consolation in his cooking skills as he seeks to give life a second shot appealing. The transition from one actor to another in the same role is unusually smooth and does not feel jarring.
The supporting cast, particularly Juhi Chawla’s kitty party brigade, adds lighthearted sweetness to a film that can be serious at times. Sharmaji is a light film. It’s more than just an homage to Rishi Kapoor. Of course, every time Chintu ji fills the frame in his signature sweater, you can’t help but think about what a great actor we’ve lost. His passion for movies is unrivalled.
The cinematography of Piyush Puty and Harendra Singh makes our mouths swim with the delectable cuisine that Sharmaji cooks in his tiny kitchen in the first few minutes of the film.
The plot is relevant, and the writers, Hitesh Bhatia and Supratik Sen, have done an excellent job of conceiving a story that will appeal to everyone. Hitesh Bhatia deserves praise for completing such a unique endeavour. Gopal Dutt’s dialogues are creatively hilarious and durable, and the music is decent.
Sharmaji Namkeen has a good first half, but the second half picks up the pace, with great doses of romance, drama, and humorous moments, and the film closes on a heartfelt note. There may be blanks in some portions of the story that remain unsolved. But as soon as the credits roll, you’ll forget about everything and remember Rishi Kapoor’s farewell film.
Sharmaji Namkeen is a must-see family entertainer that pays tribute to Rishi Kapoor’s legendary status. The film will touch your heart since it conveys a powerful message to many generations.