FERRARI KI SAWAARI Movie Review - A Nukkad redux
Friday, June 15, 2012 2:38:57 PM (IST)
Anaam, Bollywood Trade Editorial
It is more like a Nukkad episode mounted as a full-fledged film, with some smart gags, one-liners, and sweet, loving, likeable, and goofy characters dotting its landscape. The film is overtly and brazenly designed to make you go sentimental. You can flow with the intermittently boring ‘feel-good’ tide if you let your intellect and cinematic sensibilities rest all through the 153 minutes of the film that hangs on an ‘as-implausible-as-it-gets’ premise, and a fantastically infantile screenplay. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajesh Mapuskar, and Raj Kumar Hirani stick to their familiar MUNNABHAI… territory and carry the lucrative legacy forward in a somewhat wishy-washy way in FERRARI KI SAWAARI.
It’s the story of a doting Parsee father Rusy (Sharman Joshi) and his super talented cricketing prodigy of a son Kayo (Ritvik Sahore). Rusy’s irascible father Deboo (Boman Irani), a failed cricketer of the yore, hates cricket. Kayo does not understand his grandfather’s pathological dislike for cricket until he learns his background story.
Rusy is like a ‘Harishchandra’ in the modern age who never deviates from the path of righteousness and would like his son to follow the same legacy. He will do anything to support the ambitions of Kayo in spite of his dire financial straits. He seems to be the poorest of the poor Parsees since he is definitely below the Parsee poverty line defined as a MONTHLY income below Rs.90, 000. The one who has to muster his last penny to buy a bat and a pair of shoes for Kayo, now needs a princely Rs.1.5 Lakhs to send him to the Lords for a special training camp.
The Harishchandra fails the big test when he steals Sachin Tendulkar’s rarely used Ferrari at the behest of a Punjabi speaking wedding planner (Seema Pahawa) employed by a BMC corporator, a big time local goon, for his son’s wedding. The corporator’s son is getting married in Italian style and is all set to ride on a 570 horse powered Ferrari in his marriage procession instead of the usual one horse ride. Rusy gets his 1.5 Lakhs but has to return it as he almost loses the respect of his son in the bargain. The film ends on a positive note as Kayo finally makes it to the Lords training camp overcoming all hurdles.
It’s obviously a frail and lame premise to mount a big canvas film on. It has certain Nukkad type emotional hooks, common to all underdog stories. Its greatest strength is its characterisation. Its supporting cast of peripheral ‘few-scene’ characters, and comic sub-plots save the film from slipping into boring and snoring sentimentalism. The actor who plays the corporator excels in his role. The casting team of the film deserves accolades for discovering the kid (Ritvik Sahore) and the corporator.
What is disappointing is Sharman Joshi’s caricature of an ultra-docile and pathetically sweet Parsee. It dilutes the impact of the film. It is basically the failure of direction. Sharman is a good actor but, like all of them, needs to be supervised carefully. If his role was interpreted as a caricature, it was a big mistake. Boman Irani once again shows how hard he works for his living. He treads a familiar territory but is ever watchful not to miss the nuances of his character. He is excellent. Young actors like Sharman need to learn from him to appreciate the difference between doing a caricature and living a role.
The film’s music plays its role all right but some of the songs are redundant and slow the pace of the narrative. FERRARI… generally moves smoothly without any serious technical glitches. It could have easily been about 30 minutes shorter though, saving precious production money and audience time. Vidya Balan as a Lavani dancer does not overdo her cameo act, and her dance number fits well within the film’s story and thus cannot qualify as an ‘item number’.
We generously grant four stars to the film – one for its characterisation, one for the superb performances by the supporting cast, one for its casting department, and the mandatory one for its being the debut feature of the director Rajesh Mapuskar.
Rating - 4/5
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