Gali Gali Chor Hain – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on February 4, 2012 |
PRODUCER – Nitin Manmohan, Sangeeta Ahir, Prakash Chandani, Sanjay Punamiya, Jitendra Jain, Vijay Jain
DIRECTOR – Rumi Jaffrey
WRITER – Rumi Jaffrey, Mumukshu Mudgal
CAST – Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Mugdha Godse, Annu Kapoor, Satish Kaushik
MUSIC – Anu Malik
It could have been called Office Office –II. Remember the satire on the state of Indian middle class with Pankaj Kapoor as the Everyman middle class man Mussadilal? Gali Gali Chor Hain is a satire on the state of the common man under the cruel power of State corruption with exactly the same kind of story, tone and killing over-emphasising.Bharat (Akshaye Khanna) is a working class young man, a cashier in a bank. He is honest, naïve and upright, the perfect target of a system endlessly baying for dirty money. It all starts with mysterious story of retrieving a stolen fan that does not belong to Bharat to begin with. He faces the slimy craft of the entire State machinery seemingly hand-in-glove with each other to a singular end – fleece the common man off every little penny. He pays through his nose and then struggles hard to get rid of the fan, by now considered an evil omen by his family. In the process he meets more of such extortion ultimately ending in a mix-up that lands him in jail under the charges of terrorism. After a lot of breast-beating by his father (Satish Kaushik) and moping by his wife (Shreya Saran) Bharat is released but not before paying through all the levels of the state machinery including thugs and bought witnesses. The film ends with Bharat releasing a bit of his (and our) angst against the system, momentary, naïve and even embarrassing. After proving several points about the black hole of red tapism our system has become, the film ends in a naught, not taking a stand, not driving home a message, not providing answers or sparking off questions.
The film employs large doses of black comedy but soon enough gives into the pathos of the protagonist and takes the melodramatic turn. It weighs itself down with his burdens, laying stone upon stone in a uni-dimensional story of the victim and victimizer. As if the trials of Bharat weren’t enough, it adds a vengeful politician and jealous co-actor (Bharat moonlights as Hanuman in a Ramleela) to stack more odds against him. It all ends up feeling immensely weighty and quite pointless.
It is a question of debate if Akshaye Khanna suits the role of the meek common man. His character is written naïver than a child and he plays it in his customary overwrought manner. Satish Kaushik and Shreya Saran make believable middle class characters but the track of Mugdha Godse as the beautiful tenant a threat to Bharat’s married life becomes forced in trying to introduce a romantic track between Bharat and his wife. Of the cast Annu Kapoor delivers an excellent performance as the corrupt constable Khushwaha getting the sliminess, mousiness, diction and body language of his character pat. Vijay Raaz in his cameo does little to distinguish him from most of his other films.