HOW do you bid farewell to one of Indian cinema’s greatest actor of all time? How do you capture the essence of a legend to make his swan song even more special? The makers of Sharmaji Namkeen and Paresh Rawal surely had a mammoth task on their hands while making this film a memorable one.
For Rishi Kapoor’s fans, this is a film which will hold a special place in their hearts forever. As for millenials, you’ll find out why Kapoor was the superstar of masses.
The story of the movie revolves around Brij Gopal Sharma played by both Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal. Sharmaji is a 58-year-old Delhi widower who is struggling to cope up with his new retirement. While he is out looking for a purpose in order to keep himself occupied, the single father decides to follow his long-standing dream of cooking.
As Sharmaji takes on his hobby and passion of working on his culinary skills, he starts cooking at a ladies’ kitty party, and soon becomes a big hit. Keeping his new task a secret, he gains friends and confidantes whom he can rely upon.
How his sons and friend circle react to his new job and how he navigates through is what forms the crux of the film.
Director Hitesh Bhatia makes sure he keeps the movie as real as it gets. Written by him and Supratik Sen, right from the storyline to the dialogues, every element of the film has been kept simplistic and organic.
There are even some mouth-watering visuals of the quintessential Delhi street food which add to the relatability factor of the film.
Sharamji Namkeen is breezy, humorous and uplifting. Although there is no justification given for the transition between Kapoor and Paresh Rawal, it doesn’t seem abrupt.
The two powerhouse performers deliver a seamless performance staying true to Sharmaji. While Kapoor adds his wit, heart and emotions to the character, Paresh Rawal maintains the tonality of Sharmaji with ease.
Paresh Rawal deserves all the appreciation for continuing with a character effortlessly that Kapoor left behind. But even with his top-notch act, you can’t help but miss the aura, life and charm Rishi Kapoor brought to the screen.
Sheeba Chaddha and Juhi Chawla’s performances are also the key highlights of the film and manage to stand out.
What was meant to be a comic, slice of life kind of a film turned out to be a warm, heart touching and emotional farewell to the legendary actor whose final appearance will surely leave you with a smile on your face by the end of it.
Sharmaji Namkeen is now streaming on Prime Video.