For the nth time, the great Indian Punjabi family comes together but this time with a difference. It makes a song and bhangra around the most popular Indian middle class car, the Maruti. As both the title song and the dad say, "it is not a car, it is a love".
The Maruti car has smoothly made itself a household brand since the 90s. That it can provide fodder and fuel for an entire 2-hour plus film, the Maruti owners could not have possibly imagined.
Y films, a Yashraj films division catering to the youth segment, which earlier made "Mujhse Fraandship karoge”, continues to work with new talent in MDKM.
It is wedding time at Khullar House in Chandigarh. Tej Khullar (Ram Kapoor) breaks a coconut to celebrate and welcome the latest and snazzy hot red Maruti Ertiga 'gaddi' ,his wedding gift for his daughter and future son-in-law. His relationship with his son boils down to a holler in his Punjabi da papaji accent,'Oye SMEEra '.
Sameer is the typical Punjabi college going boy who is constantly absconding from home and being admonished for it. Little does Khullar know that he will have real reason to holler this time. His son, Sameer (Saqib Saleem)decides to steal the precious car for an evening. After all, as his friend, Gattu, (Prabal Panjabi ) says, every man has made the worst mistakes because of a woman. So there is the hottest college girl,"Chandigarh ki Shakira”, Jasleen (Rhea Chakraborty) who picks Sameer to accompany her for an evening. Elated at getting one chance at wooing her, he hops into his dad's red Maruti and takes the girl out. Soon the dad's new love, the hot Maruti goes missing. What follows is a happy car hunt ride along with silly plans Sameer keeps coming up with, to hoodwink his dad.
Ram Kapoor as the dad who loves his Marutis and his drinks with equal fervour, plays the jovial but strict Khullar well and masters the holler to perfection. The newcomers, Saqib Saleem, Rhea Chakraborty are average. Prabal Panjabi as the friend is a shade better.
Lyrics by Kumaar are entirely in Punjabi. “Mere dad ki Maruti kendi hor ghumna.." set the right tone for the film but gets on the nerves with its Punjabi overdose.
Ashima Chibbar makes a good debut as director. The story (Neeraj Udhwani)is light with a novel appeal. The screenplay (Neeraj, Pooja Desai,Ashima ) is a little stretched for the subject and the dialogues (Ishita Moitra)are sometimes fun, sometimes forced with smatterings of Punjabi humour.Most characters are well fleshed out, except for one unconvincing garage gangster(Ravi Kishen).
Mere Dad Ki Maruti, remains at best a mildly amusing balle ride. The only hilarious balle balle moment is a dance number performed by the bride at her own wedding. Brownie points for the actor and the choreographer.