Small town romances continued to rule the boxoffice in 2019. 2020 begins with one more chote-shahar ki badi-badi baatein. These earthy romances have grabbed audiences’ fancy.
What I found most interesting about the trailer of Sab Kushal Mangal is that the debutants are not conventional. They seem aware of their unorthodox personalities and play rural Biharis with an infectious gusto, verging on a seasoned self assurance.
Meet Priyaank Sharma and Riva Kishan. They are progenies of time-tested actors. He is the 1980-90’s favourite Padamini Kolhapure’s son. She is the irrepressible Ravi Kishan’s daughter. She plays a fearless uninhibited girl called Mandira who would rather fly a kite than make rotis. He plays a self important TV new anchor and thinks no end of himself.
The trailer puts a winking spin to their bantering romance. The ‘Bihari’ accent is for once, not overdone.
Yes, this pair looks convincing. Baqi sab Ishwar aur Akshaye Khanna ke haath mein. As a glorified goon this neglected Khanna who was brought of out hibernation last year as the arrogant cocky lawyer in Article 370, is cast as rustic character for the first time in his entire career. Akshaye goes at his Bihari babu’s role with hammers and tongs.
Sab Kushal Mangal looks like a fresh engaging way to begin the new year. It’s directed by a newcomer Karan Vishwanath Kashyap. Its producer Prachi Manmohan, daughter of the well-known producer Nitin Manmohan, is also a first-timer.
New talent specially so early in the new year when the tried-and-tested have failed us so miserably at the end of 2019, is certainly welcome.