Subhash Ghai’s company Mukta Arts has been giving filmmaking opportunities to new directors for a long time. The journey of Mukta Arts from Mukul S Anand’s film ‘Trimurti’ to Ram Ramesh Sharma’s ’36 Farmhouse’ is no less than a film in itself. It has been eight years since Subhash Ghai, who was called the second showman of Hindi cinema after Raj Kapoor, stepped away from direction. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has now become the new showman. However, in the last few years, Subhash Ghai has been in the news a lot for the sequels of all his superhit films. But Subhash Ghai’s fans don’t even wait for these sequels anymore. He also knows that making films in the changed environment has not been such an easy task. As a producer, Ghai has made this film after Sooraj Pancholi’s film ‘Hero’. The film has become yet another film that weakens the branding of both Subhash Ghai and Mukta Arts.
The film ’36 Farmhouse’ is idle contemplation. Corona is spread across the country. Everyone is running to their respective villages. A cook is dropped off mid-way and brought to a mansion-like bungalow by the housekeeper she met on the way, to cook the food. Two more sons of the mother who is in control of the bungalow want their share in this bungalow. The cook of the mansion cooks more khichdi than food. His X-ray like eyes make him look like a detective. The course of the story changes when the son, who has been estranged from his family, also comes to the same bungalow. The cook has already claimed that his wife does not have children. The girl with whom the son has come is the granddaughter of the owner of the bungalow. As the film begins, a murder has already taken place. A lot of fun is organized near the well where the dead body is. The story goes round and round like a jalebi and when you reach there you feel as if you have spent a hundred minutes of your life on a film which has nothing to achieve.
Subhash Ghai has made the film ’36 Farmhouse’ on his own story. The name of Mukta Story Lab is in the script of the film. The film is also like a laboratory. But, this chemistry has failed. Its formula itself turned out to be wrong. In a film where the actors can’t even lip-sync their song and the director somehow edits it and pushes it on OTT, then it might be a compulsion to make the film and release it somehow. It is also possible that the quality check window of G5’s laboratory has been closed due to future apprehensions. It has been twenty years since Subhash Ghai’s company’s reputation in the film industry was ruined. Her film ‘Yaadein’ with rising star Hrithik Roshan has been the last shining stone of her illustrious career. Since then, this path has now reached ’36 Farmhouse’, where there is no further hope.
The heroes of the new film ’36 Farmhouse’ of the company Mukta Arts, which made their previous film with Sooraj Pancholi as producers, are Vijay Raj and Sanjay Mishra. Had the script been written well on an interesting story, it could have been like ‘Victoria No. 203’, but both the script and direction of the film are of second standard. Both Sanjay Mishra and Vijay Raaz are victims of overacting. Both of them are yet to understand that their fans are definitely in lakhs but they are fans of their acting, not their name. After Sanjay Mishra and Vijay Raj, Ashwini Kalsekar has also not reduced overacting. There seems to be some excitement in the film after Amol reaches Parashar’s bungalow but by then the enthusiasm of the audience to watch the film has cooled down.
As a director, music has been the strongest aspect of Subhash Ghai’s films. It would not be an exaggeration if it is said that every time the music of his films played a vital role in giving his films a grand opening. But, now he is following Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Like him, he himself is composing music. There is no competition between the two. If Ghai wants to try to compete with Bhansali, it is his own choice. The film is also technically a very weak film. The film looks like a great episode of a TV serial. There is nothing in the background music, editing and cinematography of the film that can be mentioned separately.
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