Sharmaji Namkeen on Amazon Prime Video stars the late actor Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Suhail Nayyar, Taaruk Raina, Satish Kaushik, Sheeba Chaddha and Isha Talwar. The Hindi film was written and directed by Hitesh Bhatia. After the demise of Kapoor on April 30, 2020, Paresh Rawal stepped in to play the character of Sharmaji. The cinematography is by Piyush Puty, and the music is by Sneha Khanwalkar.
It is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner of Excel Entertainment in association with Honey Trehan and Abhishek Chaubey of MacGuffin Pictures. The film is 121 minutes long.
The synopsis of Sharmaji Namkeen reads, “B. G. Sharma is a 58-year-old widower, one of millions of faceless people in this mundane routine called life. One fine day, the company he was working for, lays him off. Thud! Life comes to a standstill. Sharma struggles to cope with this beast called retirement. He keeps finding ways to stay relevant, but only ends up getting in his sons’ ways. Until one day, he comes into contact with a bunch of merry women. They rekindle in Sharma, a passion for cooking and chutzpah in general, that help him find his true calling in life.”
Amazon Prime Video’s Sharmaji Namkeen Review Contains No Spoilers
In Sharmaji Namkeen, BG Sharma is given early retirement from his company. After 4 months, Sharma, a widower, finds his retirement life mundane. His elder son Rinku aka Sandeep, is working at a multinational company. His younger son Vincy is a college student. BG Sharma wakes up every morning and prepares a delicious breakfast for his son. But nothing helps his boredom go away.
The monotonous and lonely life after retirement affects Sharmaji a lot. Thanks to his friend, he somehow ends up landing a job as a cook. Sharmaji loves cooking and with his new work, he doesn’t feel low anymore. During this time, he even becomes friends with some cool women.
Even if there’s namkeen word in the title, Sharmaji Namkeen is a comforting and sweet story. From the beginning, the film intrigues you with its homely and enjoyable setting. Whether it’s the jokes on Whatsapp forward addiction or old people’s obsession with Baghban movie, the story highlights the events that truly happen every day around us.
One may think it’s just a simple story of a man trying to attain his dreams again after retirement. But there’s a lot of depth to every character and the plot. As the narrative progresses, Sharmaji Namkeen on Amazon Prime Video keeps getting dramatic, funnier and super engaging. I loved the jokes very much, also because they were quite meaningful. Along with brilliantly written characters and humour, it’s also the mouthwatering food that keeps us fascinated throughout.
At the beginning of the film, Ranbir Kapoor shares how his father loved the story and was worried about its completion. Unfortunately, Kapoor couldn’t finish the project. But it’s amazing of the makers to tell us such a wonderful story by casting Paresh Rawal. Rishi Kapoor has always been an excellent actor. He brings a great balance to his character of Sharmaji, who’s sweet, dramatic, funny, sarcastic and also a great cook.
Every time Rawal plays Sharmaji, he also brings the same exceptional qualities Kapoor presented on screen. Seeing two different actors play the same character doesn’t affect the story even once. Actor Suhail Nayyar as Sharmaji’s son Sandeep is phenomenal throughout. Sandeep sometimes gets on our nerves, and it is only possible because of the honesty with which Suhail has portrayed the character.
Actor Juhi Chawla is a breath of fresh air in the story. The moment she appears on screen, you can’t help but smile. Sheeba Chaddha often leaves us in splits. The actor never fails to impress us. Actors Satish Kaushik and Taaruk Raina also play their parts well.
Sharmaji Namkeen Review: Final Thoughts
Overall, Sharmaji Namkeen offers love, joy and inspiration on a delicious platter. There’s never a dull moment. For fun and a feel-good story, Sneha Khanwalkar’s composition is apt. The film starring Rishi Kapoor is flavoursome and pleasant and a must-watch.
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