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Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (transl. and internationally The Man Who Feels No Pain; Hindi pronunciation: [məɾd̪ koː d̪əɾd̪ nəɦiː ɦoːt̪aː]) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language black comedy action film written and directed by Vasan Bala and produced by Ronnie Screwvala under his banner RSVP Movies. The film stars debutant Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Madan, Gulshan Devaiah, Mahesh Manjrekar and Jimit Trivedi.[1]

Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
Directed byVasan Bala
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Screenplay byVasan Bala
StarringAbhimanyu Dassani
Radhika Madan
Gulshan Devaiah
Mahesh Manjrekar
Jimit Trivedi
Music byKaran Kulkarni
CinematographyJay Patel
Edited byPrerna Saigal
RSVP Movies
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 10 September 2018 (2018-09-10) (TIFF)
  • 21 March 2019 (2019-03-21) (India)
Running time
134 minutes

The film premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness.[2][3] The film was also screened at the 2018 MAMI Film Festival where it received standing ovation.[4] The film's story follows a young man who has a rare condition called Congenital insensitivity to pain and strikes out on a quest to vanquish his foes. Bhagyashree's son Abhimanyu Dassani is making his acting debut with the film.[5]



Surya is born with a strange condition under tragic circumstances. He is diagnosed with a rare medical disorder called Congenital insensitivity to pain and is tended to by the odd-couple combination of his father and his mischievous grandfather Ajoba. School life is difficult for a boy who doesn’t get hurt and is picked on by bullies and, yet, Surya finds an unlikely ally in his neighbor, Supri. At home, Surya learns to tend to his own wounds and binges on a whole host of martial arts films on VHS tapes thanks to his grandfather’s unique tutelage. The one tape that mesmerizes young Surya is a 100-man karate kumite fought by a mysterious one-legged man called Karate Mani. His first foray into vigilantism is to come to the aid of Supri against her abusive father, but that event leads to the family being evicted from the building they lived in, and Surya and Supri are estranged as children. They go their separate ways, each one finding purpose and mentorship in unusual circumstances.

As an adult, Surya remains as dorky as he was as a child because his father will never let him leave the house. When his father finally agrees to let him outside, Surya finds a poster advertising his childhood idol Karate Mani. This poster leads him to the very building where he and Supri had been separated years ago. This time there is a Supri he can’t quite recognize, a one-legged old drunkard Mani, who is a ghost of his former self, and an evil twin brother Jimmy who refuses to return a locket that means the world to Mani. Finally, Surya knows what his quest is: he must bring back his mentor’s locket because it has more meaning for him than the world will care to understand. And so, the stage is set for one last epic duel.



Director Vasan Bala said that in early 2016, a friend of his told him about a dentist whose patient did not ask for anaesthesia. This triggered the idea of the film to him.[6] He then saw several documentaries and blended it with his childhood stories about martial arts. He said: "The story is about all the films that I grew up on, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan [..] all the karate classes I had to take."[6] Bala said that the film is a tribute to "all the films that we have seen."[6] For the preparation of the role, Dassani trained for martial arts for three months before the audition. He also practiced swimming, gymnastics, yoga, free hand training, stick fighting and studied human anatomy, injuries and first aid.[7] Action director and martial arts consultant Prateek Kumar made in acting debut with the film, he also served as the martial arts consultant.[8] Dassani went through one-and-a-half month of auditions with other people. Devaiah learned karate while Madan and Abhimanyu learned mixed martial arts.[6] All of them went through almost eight months of training.[6]

Madan mentioned that she was auditioning for Laila Majnu (2018) when got to know about Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and chose the latter film because of its "uniqueness".[9] She performed all the stunts herself and watched several classic action films for days to famliarise herself with the genre. She was also injured and bruises while the physical training; she also followed a strict diet and a daily routine of exercises.[9]

Marketing and releaseEdit

The official theatrical poster of the film was unveiled on 11 February 2019. The film is slated to release on 21 March 2019.[10]


Critical responseEdit

Rafael Motamayor of Bloody Disgusting called the film "India's highly entertaining answer to Deadpool".[11] J Hurtado of Screen Anarchy wrote: "In this boisterous action comedy, Bala's passions and obsessions are writ large across the screen with a genuine affection that is hard to deny."[12] He later included it in his list of 14 Favorite Indian Films of 2018.[13] Joe Leydon of Variety wrote: "Writer-director Vasan Bala’s wild and wacky yet also warm and fuzzy fable about a resourceful young man who transcends ostensible physical limitations to become a two-fisted, swift-kicking hero likely will prove to be an irresistible crowd-pleaser on the global fest circuit, and in international release on various platforms."[14]

Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter called it a "fun ride, unashamedly zany and eager to please, even if the humor is very broad and the sprawling plot too baggy for an action-driven piece."[15] Rahul Desai of Film Companion called it "a Whimsically joyful ode to a life of movies."[16] Pradeep Menon of Firstpost wrote that the film "remains watchable throughout, despite all its shaky foundation, precisely because it gives us an experience we rarely see in Indian cinema."[17]


  1. ^ "Vasan Bala's 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota' to be premiered at Toronto film festival". 10 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Vasan Bala's 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota' to premiere at TIFF". Business Standard. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  3. ^ Singh, Suhani (17 September 2018). "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota wins audience award at TIFF". India Today. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ "A full house: 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota' gets standing ovation at MAMI Mumbai Film Festival". The Economic Times. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Bhagyashree's Son Abhimanyu Dasani Can't Feel Any Pain in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Trailer". CNN-News18. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e Khan, Faizal (19 October 2018). "Midnight superhero". Mint. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani trained in martial arts for debut film". The Times of India. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ Purkayastha, Pallai Dey (28 September 2018). "Action director Prateek Kumar talks about his acting debut in 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota'". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Radhika Madan reveals why she chose Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota over Laila Majnu". Times Now. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  10. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (11 February 2019). "All set for 21 March 2019 release... First look poster of #MardKoDardNahiHota... Stars Abhimanyu Dassani... Directed by Vasan Bala... Produced by Ronnie Screwvala." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Motamayor, Rafael (17 September 2018). "[TIFF Review] 'The Man Who Feels No Pain' is India's Highly Entertaining Answer to 'Deadpool'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  12. ^ Hurtado, J (18 September 2018). "Toronto 2018 Review: THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN, A Big Screen Love Letter To All Things Action". Screen Anarchy. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  13. ^ Hurtado, J (3 January 2018). "J Hurtado's 14 Favorite Indian Films of 2018". Screen Anarchy. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  14. ^ Leydon, Joe (17 September 2018). "Vasan Bala's action-adventure fantasy pivots on the efforts of a young man eager to transcend his limitations to become a martial-arts hero". Variety. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  15. ^ Dalton, Stephen (21 September 2018). "'The Man Who Feels No Pain' ('Mard ko dard nahi hota'): Film Review: TIFF 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  16. ^ Desai, Rahul (27 October 2018). "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Movie Review: A Whimsically Joyful Ode To A Life Of Movies". Film Companion. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  17. ^ Menon, Pradeep (17 October 2018). "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota movie review: A cocktail of gorgeous action sequences, absurd laugh-out-loud moments". Firstpost. Retrieved 1 November 2018.

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