The movie bug is working overtime.Biting me here,there-everywhere.
And continuing in the trend of the last post,this blog is running the risk of becoming a review column!But it never harms to talk about things good and worth telling a story-and this time there are two movies that I’m gonna talk about here: ‘Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!’ and ‘Dasvidaniya’.
Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!
About 8 years earlier,with Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hain seeing the light of the day,I remember predicting that the
future of Indian Cinema is in safe young hands,not relying on the chiffon saree and heroine-under-the-waterfall formulae anymore.With the likes of Farhan Akhtar,Sanjay Leela Bhansali,RGV(ya ya i know this sounds controversial),Karan Johar,Rajkumar Hirani in the bag-we,the audience,are in for some treat from time to time at least.
With Khosla ka Ghosla,there was a proud addition of Dibakar Banerjee to the list,his forte is simple:Strong Story Telling techniques,Portraying emotions well,roping in good actors(not stars)-all withing a low budget framework.
With a very good first film,the expectations about the director reaches a high-and it is such a relief to find that Dibakar Banerjee does more than a decent job with his second offering to us.Oye Lucky is one of the best paisa-vasool movies one can find in the recent times.
Abhay Deol can safely be called as the best actor in the deol clan at present.He doesn’t uproot tubewells and maul a trainful of insurgents or stand like a tree bereft of any emotions like his two elder brothers.He does his job competently and in the movie portrays possibly the most liekeable thief in Indian Cinema history.But my personal favorite are two characters in the movie-Bangali and Dolly.Dolly for her wonderful one-liners.Examples:”Main touch ho gayi-by God!” or,”Scent bara sweet hain-old spicy?” or the winner,”Lucky main tereko Hot nehi lagti?”
Bangali is the quintessential sidekick with a penchant for easy going oneliners.sample this.When they are in prison, Bangali advises Lucky not to get hassled by the cops. He says: “Usne marliya, humne khaliya.Aise hi toh relations bante hain.”
Some of the sequences in the film has some indirect influences from Catch me if you can-but overall in one a great One time watch.
What are the ten things you would like to do before you die three months from now?One line crux of the story.Again a loose adaptation of the Jack Nicholson starrer “The bucket list”,the movie itself is nothing earth shattering.
the acting prowess of vinay pathak holds the story together-after bheja fry,this erstwhile stage and tv star is now a regular in most big releases doing bit roles,but watch him come into his own in this simple yet captivating role.his cleverer self is a bit too thetrical,but the central character portrayed by vinay makes you laugh and weep alongwith him during the two hour journey on the silver screen.
Rajat kapoor is his usual suave self.Saurabh Shukla is brilliant as the quintessential non-performing,shifting-the-file-burden kinda indian boss that we all have endured at some point or the other in our lives.None of the other roles are anything to write home about,although the debutant director in Shashant Shah manages to extract the best out of each of the actors in all the bit roles.
The music is nothing special-although the soulful ‘Mumma’ is possibly the best song about the son-mother relationship after the unforgettable ‘Ma’ from Tare Zameen Par.
Again-a very good timepass,Shashant Shah,the debutant director is definitely one to watch out for.