Mumbai. Rahul Gandhi is all set to become a Bollywood superstar. His first movie ‘The Repairman’ is set to be released this Friday. Following is a special preview of the movie:
Directed by the Election Commission of India, the movie is about a man in his 40s going around repairing all of the machines, which he has no idea of. Like their previous films, this one was targeted by the Directors to appease the Gandhis, the leading Bollywood family.
failed Harvard/Rollins dropout passout who lives by repairing his political party (thereby damaging it more), repairs a damaged Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) on a polling day in a small booth in the town Amethi of Uttar Pradesh.
When asked to explain the circumstances that led to his Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) repairing fiasco, he rewinds a little too far… launching into a story as long as a film about his life over the past year.
Enter Narendra Modi and his bunch of friends, who are always so ready to criticize him; the PM uncle who’s silently encouraging him to sort his life out; and the reassuring presence of Bianca, a young farmer’s wife who’s moved to Amethi and seems to be the only person who understands him. For a while, at least.
The director, Election Commission, has tried to tell a inspiring story of how a person who does not know anything about repair, trying his hands out in repairing complex machines. But the movie fails in the logical aspect like the ‘hero Raul trying to repair the EVM by telling that he will empower it again and again and again’.
The strong emotional pull of the movie is however revealed in the scenes where Raul’s brother-in-law Varda who is a poor Indian farmer trying to live with his small farming land. His plight is laughed off by the villain, BJP members, upon whom the anger of audience is entirely invisible.
The villains in the flashback are ruthless, with the antagonist Modi (whose screen presence is sure of scaring the “intellectual” audience) going after the poor hero by snatching his toffee from him outside the candy shop which moves us emotionally. Also, there is this scene of interaction with another sadist villain Arnab Goswami, who shames the hero by unnecessary questions.
But the pillars of movie are Raul’s friends – Sanjay Jha, Digvijay Singh and Arvind Kejriwal. Sanjay Jha goes after people who mock Raul and there is a sweet romantic portion for Digvijay Singh. We can see the future of Indian drama and cinema in Arvind Kejriwal, whose acting skills are going to make directors queue outside his home.
Our verdict for this movie is less than 100 out of 540, while reviews from Rigged newspaper (ran by the Director of this movie) might make it 500 out of 540. And the bottomline of the movie is, “If Raul can repair something, you can very well do it, so stop saying that ‘you don’t know’ next time your parents ask you to repair that equipment in your home.”