Friday Flix movie review of the Week: Mission Majnu
Adaab, it’s Mission Majnu time!
Mission Majnu, a historical-fiction action-adventure domestic-drama romance spy-comedy set during the tense political/military standoff between India and Pakistan in the 1970s, is another genre-mash from Bollywood that is strange to Westerners but otherwise on-brand. As deep-cover spies infiltrate foreign governments in an effort to avert nothing short of nuclear freak war, the director Shantanu Bagchi refrains just short of launching into musical numbers, which may be an act of restraint by Bollywood standards.
Mission Majnu – cast
The cast includes Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. The cast also include Parmeet Singh, Zakir Hussain, Kumod Mishra, Sharib Hashmi and others.
The background of the nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan that followed the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 is explained by a narrator who claims to be the head of RAW, the Research and Analysis Wing, or India’s equivalent of the CIA. Even though India prevailed, tension persisted, especially after that country’s successful nuclear bomb test in 1974, which prompted Pakistan to start covertly working on its own atomic bomb technology.
A tailor or a spy? who could tell??!!
In this scene, Tariq (Sidharth Malhotra), a straightforward man from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, is introduced. He begs a tailor for a menial job in his shop and falls in love with Nasreen (Rashmika Mandanna), the tailor’s blind niece, who undoubtedly sixth senses how attractive he is. Her every move is graceful, the music fills the scene, and the movie stops just short of showing cartoon hearts fluttering around Tariq’s bewildered and smitten head. This tells you that Tariq fell in love at first sight.
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Amandeep in deep troubles!
Tariq and Nasreen eventually get married and lead a very, very simple life while living off the meagre wages of sub-tailors. The ideal disguise for an Indian RAW agent, yo! Tariq is in trouble; his real name is Amandeep Singh. Nasreen is currently pregnant, and despite the fact that she is unaware that he is a spy assigned to locate the uranium enrichment plant and inform the Indian government of its location, his love for her is very, very genuine.
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The missions and comedy
As a result, Amandeep never appears to be at home or at the tailor shop, and Nasreen never stops to wonder what he does at all hours of the day and night. Israel is preparing an airstrike on what it believes to be the nuclear plant, and Pakistan experiences a comically nondramatic military coup, raising tensions with India. Amandeep is under pressure to keep his string of crazy schemes together and avert a terrible, terrible war. Can he accomplish it?
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Mission Majnu is a humorous movie if you’re a Pakistani and watching it! Sidharth does a great job in his acting. His smile and facial expressions truly mesmerise the audience. You might want to say “adaab” and give it a five-star rating if you’re an Indian. We give it a 2.5.
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