The streaming platforms, since introduced in India has given the creators an opportunity to make their unique visions a reality. This has sprouted some amazing series and movies that we otherwise might not have gotten to see on the cable or the big screen respectively. However, because of this freedom that these artists are getting, it would be absurd to think that we would only get amazing content and Brij Mohan Amar Rahe proves exactly that.
Source: Arjun Mathur as Brij Mohan
Brij Mohan Amar Rahe is a Netflix original film written and directed by Nikhil Bhat. The film revolves around Brij Mohan played by Arjun Mathur, an owner of a lingerie shop in Delhi. He is a frustrated man in his mid 30s and is cheating on his wife with a 24 year old girl, Simi. He dreams to abandon his life as Brij to create a new beginning with Simi as Amar Sethi. He plans to create a new identity for himself and in the attempt to do so, creates a big mess for himself and ends up being the suspect in his own murder.
Watching this movie, it was clear that it wanted to be a dark comedy with some satire in it, what it ended up being was an unfunny and uncomfortable experience. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes long but felt longer than the Lord of the Rings movies. Most of the film had me wondering what and why the hell am I watching this.
The biggest issue with the movie is its screenplay. It wanted to have so many themes and potentially good ideas, but had no idea what to do with them. There were a number of subplots in the film that were dropped right in the middle. Another major problem in the film was there all the characters in the movie were extremely unlikable. There was no thread for the audience to latch on to. Even the protagonist, who we are supposed to empathies with, makes some unnaturally poor decisions just to move the plot further. It was almost unbelievable to see every single character being so selfish and cunning. There were no redeeming qualities in any of them.
The final 15 minutes of the film is the part where my curiosity peaked, just to see what happens to the protagonist, but that too was extremely predictable. However the way that was treated was also, in my opinion, a very poor decision.
What makes the movie slightly bearable is the performance from the majority of the cast. Arjun Mathur as Brij Mohan tries his best to make the character compelling. Yogendra Tikku as a corrupt judge is spot on and delivers a convincing and and entertaining performance. However, the best performance in the movie is undoubtedly given by Nidhi Singh who played the role of the wife of Brij Mohan, Sweety. Her portrayal of the character as a selfish and loud Punjabi girl who only cares about losing weight and money is the most entertaining part of the film. The remaining cast also does a good job but is pulled back by the bad writing.
Nidhi Singh as Sweety
At the end, this movie had a lot of potential but lived up to none of it. It required more focus on the script and a better writer writing it. I can imagine it as a great dark comedy if it was given a better treatment. So if you are at home and are looking to watch a decent movie to pass your time, do not choose this one. My rating for the film is 1.5 out of 10.