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FILM – Phas Gaye Re Obama

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on December 5, 2010 | No Comments

FILM – Phas Gaye Re Obama
PRODUCER – Ashok Pandey
DIRECTOR – Subhash Kapoor
WRITER – Subhash Kapoor
CAST – Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Amol Gupte, Amit Sial, Sanjay Mishra, Manu Rishi
MUSIC – Manish J. Tipu

Small films with strong scripts and non-star but solid actor casts have surely been showing the way ahead for entertainment this year. Udaan, Peepli Live, Daayen ya Baayen and now Phas Gaye Re Obama have brought to the table of entertainment that perfect mix of intelligence, depth, smartness and strong narrative skill.

A comic-satire, Phas Gaye Re Obama is a story of a con-job gone wrong. Actually it is more about destiny gone wrong but how few grey cells and some conviction can set it right.

A financially-distraught NRI (Om Shastri) comes to India to sell his ancestral property to redeem his life in US. A good-hearted goon (Manu Rishi) wants to go to the US for a better future and is learning English. A tender-hearted, emotional kidnapper bemoans how America’s recession has almost killed his business. A man-hating, female Gabbar Singh carves female sculptures while her hench-women take ‘bhog’ of her male captives. And towering above them is a systematically corrupt politician (Amole Gupte) who runs his racketing with the sincere dedication of a homely Marwadi businessman. The fates of these meet and fun and frolic rolls!

Much to the delight of all involved. The script takes complete charge, taking over even when dialogues, timings and actors let it down. It is largely an intelligently written script that steals the show. Simplicity drives the script, its plots, its twists, its dialogues, its mannerisms and even its humour. This simplicity works beautifully in the film because the tone and direction, acting and milieu all work within that framework. The lack of high drama is not missed at any point neither is the presence of smiles rather than uproarious laughter.

The film brings together a brilliant ensemble of character actors who are also largely responsible for the success of the film. Manu Rishi, in his role of the ardent, innocent, simple-hearted, pacifist goon is charming and brilliantly in control, especially when his role gives him ample opportunity to do so. Never does he miss a beat. Never does he over-do. Sanjay Mishra’s emotionally stressed kidnapper is a delight to watch with the actor once again investing a good amount of corny humour in his act. Neha Dhupia and Amole Gupte put in a convincing performance even if the bar isn’t raised. Rajat Kapoor, however seems to be the wrong choice for the role with his inherent gentlemanly personality clashing with the smart, clever, enterprising survivor-charlatan he portrays. The distinct discomfort shows in every scene.

But the situation is salvaged because the script is the hero and the hero this time is not a star but a super-star. May this super-star see more success and growth. Amen!

Fatema H.Kagalwala

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