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Times of India
Kasturi (Meenakshi Dixit) is the unapologetic prostitute, who wears her heart on her sleeve. A random police raid forces her to leave the brothel and seek refuge in Satara, where she bumps into inspector Rajan (Indrajeet Soni). It's love at first sight for her but he is committed to a highly influential politician's (Bharat Jadhav as Waman) niece. Since it's election time, Rajan puts Kasturi behind bars as instructed by Waman & co. One thing leads to another and in no time Kasturi finds herself tangled in political shenanigans.
How a prostitute bags a prominent post in the constitution is what forms the story. Sadly, the writing and execution is so poor, dated and pointless that you wonder why anyone would make a film like this. To begin with, there is no humour in this supposed comedy. The lead actress tries her best to seem crass and thus sounds like a bhajiwali, kaamwali and a prostitute all rolled into one. Her imitation of a sex worker is anything but realistic.
Also, even when we know that the protagonist is a prostitute, we are constantly told that she charges Rs 200 per night. This is in poor taste and does not amuse you.
From absurd to annoying...the story's climax has scientists discovering a remote that can make a dead person dance and grab other people's crotch. By then you have had enough. Watching P Se PM Tak is like inviting depression. Bharat Jadhav should stick to Marathi plays, something he is good at.
Uparwala humari hamesha sunta hai, isiliye toh tereko dalla banaya," says the film's lead to her pimp.
"Ek nahin, hazaar tod hain," says a lecherous politician while caressing a female colleague's bottom. These are just a few dialogues from P Se PM Tak that can scar you forever.
Often in political satires, the script doesn't effectively translate on screen. This, unfortunately, isn't one of those times. Kundan Shah's hardly-awaited comeback falls in the category of films that usually only release exclusively on DVD. A pitiful attempt at exposing the filth ingrained in our system, this satire says little and tires a lot.
The film opens at a brothel in Pune, where the lead, commercial sex worker Kasturi (Meenakshi Dixit), is the most dramatic tease in her institution. When taunted about her profession, she snaps back, "Dikhti toh tu bhi hai ******wali, farak hai sirf rate ka." Kasturi falls for an influential cop, inspector Rajan (Indrajit Soni).
No, don't try Googling him yet, you won't find much. Rajan sticks to the stereotype, as we see him approving tenders and accepting bags of cash at the police station. The film also features an assortment of character actors playing politicians from two rival parties. Like in real politics, some of them jump parties from time to time. But unlike in real politics, one of them hires the services of all the sex workers in the zilla, so that his rival is unable to satisfy his urges for the night.
The film's plot, if you care, is about how Kasturi gets entangled in the political crossfire and becomes the CM, through a miraculous chain of events. And since you won't make it past the first half, Kasturi isn't elected PM but the end offers hope.
The only bearable scene in the film is towards the end when a dead politician is revived by space scientists when forced to by his party cronies (the power of persuasion, I tell you). This dead man does a lot more than walking and talking after the scientists tinker around with his insides. There's an entire song sequence where he grooves to bhangra, break dance and a free form that involves wearing a tail.
It is upsetting that the 67-yearold filmmaker credited for classics like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa will now include a debacle like this in his filmography.
Also, veteran actors like Aanjjan Srivastav, Deepak Shirke and Mushtaq Khan are completely wasted here. There's little to go by for a story and the dialogues are probably more cringe-worthy than the next B-grade film.
Evidently, this one is a mustavoid. Even if you just need a place to sleep, try the next screen.
The film was earlier titled Masquerade, but later changed to P Se PM Tak.
P Se PM Tak revolves around a prostitute Kasturi (Meenakshi Dixit), who's on the run. A random police raid forces her to leave the brothel and seek refuge in Satara, where a by-election is hotting up. She bumps into inspector Rajan (Indrajeet Soni) there. It's love at first sight for her but he is committed to a highly influential politician's (Bharat Jadhav as Waman) niece Rashmi. Since it's election time, Rajan puts Kasturi behind bars as instructed by Waman & co. One thing leads to another and in no time Kasturi finds herself tangled in political shenanigans. She marries Rajan posing as Rashmi since the latter won't marry with the region's other 'poor couples', which Waman organizes to attract voters. Waman's double standards and bias for Jadeja (businessman) angers one of his loyalists, who decides to go against him. Since Waman has a roving eye, his opponents hire Kasturi to seduce him so that they can shoot the video and expose him on national TV. While he is all charmed by Kasturi, he suddenly slips into a coma. His party then decides to announce that he is still alive. Scientists are called on an emergency to help Waman look alive. They do the needful and hand over his remote to Kasturi. People actually believe he is alive. By being a part of this scandal, the prostitute wins herself money and power in 4 days.