MUNDE UK DE - Slapstick Comedy

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It is a mindless caper.

Submitted: May 11, 2009

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Well, it is turning out to be the season of Punjabi movies and they are doing a roaring business. In the last couple of months, all the Punjabi releases have done very well. Just goes on to show there is a good market out there at home and overseas.
 
Munde UK De (MUD) is an out and out (mindless) comedy. The movie had excellent pre-release reports. And that has translated to good business. Since release, in the last three days, the viewers are thronging the theatres.
 
If there can be a MUD, expect sequels like Munde US Ke or Munde Canada Ke or Munde Moon Ke or something likewise. Sikh Punjabis have a large concentration in and around UK, US and Canada. And these flicks do well there with the immigrant NRIs.
 
The reality is, a large part of these immigrants are into lowly paid jobs like cleaners, security, drivers, etc. Being abroad is no fun barring for a few, who have made it. The first generation of migrants slogged and laboured away their life. The second generation swung between two cultures – home and the adopted country. They were neither here nor there.
 
The third generation is totally immersed in the local (UK/US/Canada) milieu. They are pucca videshi. Their lives imitates goras. They think that is upgrading. The best examples would be Hard Kaur and JazzyB. Their skin color gives them away. Their fake accents are jarring. Even if they return to Punjab, they will not be able to live there, forget identifying with the culture. It will be foolish to expect it of them.
 
No doubt, all the three generations have undergone emotional trauma and physical hardships. Life is definitely not easy abroad no matter how happy the images are. But they are just images. One has to slog to ear meagre dollars. Sometimes working three jobs and resting very little. There is no family life or leisure. So, don’t ever think if you migrate to first world countries then life ban gayi. You will be far from the truth unless luck strikes you.
 
And if movies showed this reality, they would end up in a trash bin. Look at the fate of Deepa Mehta’s Videsh with Preity Zinta. Mehta is still living in the past with the first generation. The movie was a no-go from the word go.
 
Today’s viewer wants to relieve stress and tension. S/he doesn’t wish to buy a pricey ticket to see rona dhona. They see that amply in their daily life. S/he wants to live their dreams via these movies. And this is why MUD like films succeeds. They are doling out what the viewer wants in large measure.
 
MUD is director Manmohan Singh’s (not India’s PM) baby. And what MS touches turn into gold. At least, it has been happening till now. He started out with Bolly films but has gained name and fame in Punjabi movies. And his Punjabi flicks have generally done extremely well.
 
Let’s come to the movie proper. MUD is a mindless caper. Two UK-born and bred Punjabis – Jimmy Shergill and Gurpreet Ghuggi – go to Punjab for the first time. With their British attitude they have no chance of survival. Once they discover the virtues of Punjabi culture, they not only gain favour with the locals but win the girls too. The film is supposed to be a romantic comedy with a tagline “British by heart, Punjabi by right!”
 
Ha ha. Kahani khatam, paisa hazam. So much so for the story. Pray tell me, if they are true British, why won’t they go to Mexico to enjoy life rather come to India. But then I am talking sense that is not required in this movie. If they went to Mexico, there won’t be MUD. There won’t be anything real.
 
Jimmy Shergill (37) may not have reaped benefits in Bollywood (since 1996) but in Pollywood he has given a hat trick. His all four Punjabi flicks – Yaaran Naal Bahara, Mannat, Tera Mera Ki Rishta and now MUD – have done good business. 2009 is especially good for him with two Punjabi hits and the forthcoming My Name Is Khan, where he plays a pivotal role. Jimmy, stay with Punjabi flicks. He is definitely the rising superstar of Pollywood.
 
To the viewers: For God’s sake, don’t live in the dream world. There is no rosy world as shown in movies. Money does not grow on trees. Any NRI is just like a typical Indian. He is suffering there. You are suffering in India. Many don’t even have loads of money. They live from pay cheque to pay cheque.
 
Forget those Bolly flicks that show huge canvas of NRI enjoyment and richness like K3G or Dostana or other odds. Just enjoy MUD for what it offers and don’t think this is what an Indian is back among goras. Goras still consider people from third world countries to be third grade. No good jobs are offered. What British did in India to Indians, they still do in UK or elsewhere. Not much has changed except they have learnt to mask their racism.
 
Do watch MUD. Nothing much to write about. With no novelty in theme or any other speciality, take it for what it doles out - a mindless fungama.


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