Netflix proves to have a veritable treasure trove of amazing movies buried under a mountain of mediocre ones. Being the rampant binge watcher that I am, I am always looking for a good film to fill my time. And sometimes I find those films don’t come from the good ol’ US of A. In fact, I’m an avid fan of Bollywood films. They have a striking style with vivid imagery, wacky musical set pieces, and oh-so-over-the-top camp. And those words describe Makkhi to a T.
Makkhi (Hindi for “fly”) is an action-comedy film about two men who fall in love with the same woman, Bindu. One, Jani, is a simple man who genuinely loves Bindu. While the other, Sudeep, is a rich industrialist and criminal who lusts after Bindu. When Sudeep realizes Jani is vying for Bindu’s affections, he opts to kill Jani. However, Jani is reincarnated at a common housefly with all of Jani’s memories. Jani then plots to exact his revenge on Sudeep.
From the get-go the plot is pretty bonkers, but that’s what makes Makkhi so special. It takes itself so seriously, despite the ridiculous premise, and runs with it. The result is a film so camp that it is relentlessly entertaining. You’d be hard pressed to find a film in recent years that is as fun and ridiculous as Makkhi.
If Bollywood films aren’t your thing, I strongly recommend you give Makkhi a chance regardless. While the first act of the film plays out like a typical Bollywood film (if there is such a thing), the film picks up once Jani is reincarnated as the fly and begins to experience the world from his new perspective. The effects in this film are rather impressive as well. The beginning sequence where Jani is reborn and learns how to fly is a wonder to behold, and is followed by a zany romp through typically mundane settings and situations from a fly’s perspective.
The film then proceeds to sprint through a number of ridiculous scenarios as Jani eventually runs into Sudeep and plots to drive him insane by doing things like buzzing in his ear to keep him from sleeping. If that sounds tame, that’s because that’s just the first thing that Jani does to him. His antics increase in severity and ridiculousness up until he causes Sudeep to crash his car, upon which Sudeep begins to suspect there’s something not quite normal about this fly.
When things get tougher for Jani he finally goes to Bindu for help, and with her skills as a micro artist she provides him with the tools to bring the pain to Sudeep. And the film just gets wilder from there. I won’t spoil it for you, because this film has to be seen to be believed.
And like many Bollywood films, Makkhi sports a rather fun series of musical numbers and dance scenes. None more so memorable than the final one at the end. Even someone like me, who isn’t partial to musicals, thoroughly enjoyed these set-pieces. It also isn’t a slouch in the action department, with plenty of chases and, oddly enough, shootouts to slake even the most voracious action fan.
Really, Makkhi has something for everyone. Action, romance, comedy, and a dash of camp. If you’re ever looking for something to brighten your evening of binge watching, give it go!