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Ni Main Sass Kuttni

Ni Main Sass Kuttni Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5

Ni Main Sass Kuttni Movie Review : Hilarious film on the age-old relationship issue of joint families

A medical intern played by debutant Mehtab Virk falls in love with co-intern, (Tanvi Nagi). However, his mother (Anita Devgan) is a dominating and old school lady, who doesn’t approve of the relationship, leaving the boy to take the decision of marrying his love against his mother’s will. However, the mother is not one to take this insubordination kindly and goes about plotting ways to make her daughter-in-law’s life difficult. While the script runs this relationship play, simultaneously it also runs the relationship of this mother with her own mother-in-law (saas), and yet another equation between an elder daughter-in-law (nuh) and her mother-in-law. In doing so, the script is trying to set up lineage of saas-bahu (mis)adventures and justifying reasons why a saas mistreats her bahu since she too has been through the same journey as a young bride with her own mother-in-law.

The cast is repetitive, with character actors Gurpreet Ghuggi, Karamjit Anmol, Nisha Bano, Nirmal Rishi playing out their roles. But, it is remarkable to watch how these veteran stars of Punjabi comedy have aced their comic timing, which is impeccable. Anita Devgan, however, is the queen of this show as she leads the tirade against her own nuh and her saas while also aggressively meddling in the life of her own newly wed daughter, with her in-laws. The nuh being the contemporary modern girl is equally determined to crush her saas’ every move and outwit her.

While the title of the film is heavily women centric, the men in this drama contribute their bit to furthering the narrative by playing the husbands and sons subservient to the women in their family, at least in as far as relations equations go.

Speckled through the script are some social messages to mothers-in-law about accepting their daughters-in-law as their daughters, largely delivered by the men. Though not seemingly dominant, the male actors played by Karamjit and Ghuggi are justifying the emotions of men relegated to a corner amid the instructions of their tyrannical mothers and mothers-in-law.

A light entertainer and good watch, that mocks the age-old saas-nuh relationship, as indicated in the Punjabi boli of gidda, Ni Main Sass Kuttni, while also advocating for a change in their relationship with the modern times. The music is entertaining and melodious, though the narrative gets repetitive and drags a little towards the end.

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