July 15, 2024



An additional migraine from Maddock – Outside of Bollywood

5 min read

An overdose of mindless humour is undertaking disservice to folklore as perfectly as the horror style. Going forward, Maddock Films need to severely introspect on their ‘Vijan’ of horror comedies.

Rating: ⭐️💫 (1.5 / 5)

By Mayur Lookhar

Although labeled as the Maddock Supernatural Universe, the a few preceding motion pictures haven’t very shipped a cohesive franchise expertise. They’ve teased the assure of integration into 1 grand film, but the distinctive titles, storylines, and largely uncommon casts make them come to feel a lot more like standalone movies.

It all began with Amar Kaushik’s Stree (2018), which revived horror-comedies in Bollywood. Like Priyadarshan’s Bhool Bhulaiyya (2007), Stree experienced the right blend of horror and comedy. Nevertheless, the two subsequent films, Roohi (2021) and Bhediya (2022), have flattered to deceive.

Following navigating Central India and the North East in their preceding films, Maddock Movies has now traveled to the Konkan coast in search of a area legend. The producer duo of Dinesh Vijan and Amar Kaushik has adopted a horses for classes plan by roping in pointed out Marathi cinema filmmaker Aditya Sarpotdar to explain to the Munjya story. Sarpotdar, who also helmed the respectable Hindi movie The Sholay Lady (2019), directs this job. The story by Yogesh Chandekar is penned by Niren Bhatt.

Typically, Munjya is the thread ceremony for younger Brahmin boys and has its layer of mythology. It is believed that if a boy dies within 10 times just after the thread ceremony, his spirit will take the form of a Brahmarakshas. In the Konkan belt, this kind of demons are labeled as Munjyas.

The haunting in this movie dates again to 1952 when a stubborn child named Gotya falls madly in appreciate with Munni, a female 7 many years older than him. The boy attempts to produce havoc at her wedding but is stopped by her mom and family members. This was purely a one-sided affair. On the other hand, Gotya is hellbent on acquiring Munni, by hook or by criminal. A tragedy ensues, giving increase to the Chitukwadi haunting.

Quickly forward to the current day, we’re launched to a Pune-primarily based family exactly where a Punjabi woman named Pammi [Mona Singh] lives with her son Bittu [Abhay Verma] and mother-in-law [played by Suhas Joshi]. Around the yrs, Bittu has been plagued by nightmares of Chitukwadi. Pammi hardly ever needs to see her baby in the Konkan belt, but Bittu merely follows his dadi. In a in shape of rage, he ends up at the forbidden location and inadvertently unleashes the Munjya.

For Hindi viewers, the Munjya story could possibly appear to be new, but as considerably back as 2004, actor-filmmaker Mahesh Kothare’s Marathi movie Pachhadlela highlighted a character very similar to Munjya, obsessed with marriage. Yet, most Hindi viewers will locate the Konkan legends intriguing. On the other hand, it is the regular screenplay and performances that hardly control to develop much engagement.

Impressed by the results of Stree, producer Dinesh Vijan conceived the thought of the Maddock Supernatural Universe. However, put up-Stree, the subsequent films have confirmed to be disappointing. Bhediya [2022] showed guarantee but failed to do justice to the tale. In reality, Maddock’s method has been so careless that it raises worries about whether or not these folklore tales are remaining lessened to mere jokes. There’s no rule that horror should generally contain comedy. Actor and producer Soham Shah’s Tumbbad [2018] was also based on a legend but took a additional standard approach to horror.

However, Tumbbad struggled at the box place of work. Is the worry of professional failure driving producers to dilute classic horror with comedy? Even with its flaws, Ajay Devgn’s Shaitaan [2024] resisted the temptation and been given rich benefits. Maddock would seem to have been blinded by the success of Stree failing to do justice to any of the subsequent films in the so-called franchise. Munjya, undoubtedly, is the most disappointing of the lot.

Abhay Verma and Sharvari

Abhay Verma is a younger actor. We to start with saw him portray a transgender character in the somber film Safed (2023), where, additional than his performance, his continually operating nose produced viewers uncomfortable. Fortunately, this kind of distractions are absent right here, but Verma fails to go away significantly of an impression.  Is he currently being cast for his curly hair?

Sharvari Wagh is the granddaughter of the late Shiv Sena chief Manohar Joshi. We haven’t noticed Bunty Aur Babli 2 [2021], but the buzz surrounding the film wasn’t significantly optimistic. In Munjya, she portrays Bela, showing up visibly more mature than Verma, as demanded by the story. To begin with, she exudes an tutorial presence, and her partnership with a British man feels flimsy. Later on, she becomes central to the plot, and Sharvari seems overwhelming when possessed by Munjya, however there isn’t considerably to compose household about.

Suhas Joshi

A Punjabi character aids Sarpotdar and Dinesh Vijan in bringing their Konkan tale to the Hindi viewers. Sarpotdar adeptly maintains objectivity in depicting this Punjabi-Marathi union. In spite of staying widowed, Pammi shares a bittersweet romance with her mom-in-law. Ajji (Suhas Joshi) stands out as the sole likable character in the film, embodying the energy to confront Munjya head-on.

Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.

Sarpotdar’s Munjya is a CGI generation that may possibly mail a couple shivers down your backbone, but the character structure make him seem like a distant Konkani cousin of Gollum from The Lord of The Rings franchise. Andy Serkis was good as the voice of Gollum. A Munjya on the back again also evokes reminiscences of our possess fable Vikram Betaal. The major variance, on the other hand, is that in contrast to Betaal, you swiftly want this Munjya off your back again. Not because he is scary, but since he is so bothersome to the ears. A lousy voice forged and loud audio designs will significantly inconvenience you. Following the preliminary chills, even Munjya fails to scare you as the film gets dropped in its senseless comedy.


Sathyaraj, renowned for his job in Baahubali, provides a contact of amusement to his portrayal of Elvis Karim Prabhakar, a spoof on miraculous spiritual healers and ghostbusters who assert to possess divine powers. In the meantime, Bittu’s Sikh cousin delivers some anticipated punches, leaving us pondering, “Munni kyun badnaam hui?”

Even though just over two hrs extensive, Munjya feels exhaustive thanks to its bad screenplay, underneath-par course, and mindless comedy. The visual consequences are wonderful but graphics alone don’t represent a fantastic movie.

It’s hard to think that Munjya is from the creation that gave us Stree that seems to be like a distant memory. The notion of Roohi, Bhediya, Munjya, and Stree all coming alongside one another is intriguing, but Dinesh Vijan and Amar Kaushik want to critically introspect their Maddock Supernatural Universe. When your stories arrive from legends, and if you fall short with screenplay, creating, and solid, then it begs the query: what are Kaushik and Maddock actually bringing to the desk? At the second, this MSU feels like absolutely nothing but a Migraine Sinusitis Universe.

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