Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is one of those films which is zany, fun and entertaining at the same time. It revolves around Surya, a man suffering from Congenital Insensitivity to Pain- a condition in which the person doesn’t feel any sort of pain, realizing his inner calling.
Surya (Abhimanyu Dasani) is suffering from a medical condition called Congenital Insensitivity To Pain- simply put, he feels no pain, Deadpool style. Various instances like his mother’s death due to a chain snatcher & being bullied as a kid in school make him inspire from martial arts films resulting in a childhood incident which compels his overprotective father Jatin (Jimit Trivedi) to keep him at home. His idol is Karate Mani (Gulshan Devaiah) whose 1:100 fight inspires him to learn martial arts. But when he discovers that his idol and crush Supri (Radhika Madan) are in problems due to Mani’s evil twin brother Jimmy (Gulshan Devaiah again!) stealing Mani’s prized possession, he resolves to solve them in spite of having little to no knowledge of the outside world.
Director Vasan Bala’s (who was a long time assistant to Anurag Kashyap) tribute to 80s and 90s action films, as well as martial arts films of Bruce Lee & Jackie Chan, is clearly evident from the very first scene of the film. The fourth wall breaking narrative style and the lead actor’s medical condition in the film make this flick look like a family-friendly Desi version of Deadpool. Lots of slow-motion sequences, throwbacks to the 80s and 90s songs used as background scores, references to Narcos & The Terminator are present throughout the film. Even films like Kesari, Uri: The Surgical Strike (also produced by Ronnie Screwvala) are referenced.
Abhimanyu Dasani the son of yesteryear actress Bhagyashree in his debut shows promise and conviction as Surya the central character he impresses the audiences. Radhika Madan as Supri portrays a troubled youngster very well in her second film after the underrated Patakha. After a long time, Mahesh Manjrekar has shown his comic timing in a positive role as Surya’s grandfather. He is spot-on with his witty dialogues and superb timing. Gulshan Devaiah is a revelation in this film as Karate Mani and Jimmy, who steals the show-where he just improvises one-liners in his own inimitable style. Jimit Trivedi as the overprotective father has performed well.
Technically the film is very sound. The cinematography by Jay Patel shows Mumbai in a different light and Prerna Saigal’s editing is sharp and crisp although she could have cut off some unnecessary
All said and done Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is a must watch for action film lovers and 90s kids. The film is a different but entertaining attempt in the realm of Bollywood commercial movie formula and should be appreciated for its efforts.