Ferrari ki Sawaari – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on June 17, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Vidhu Vinod Chopra
DIRECTOR – Rajesh Mapuskar
WRITER – Rajesh Mapuskar, Rajkumar Hirani
CAST – Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Paresh Rawal, Seema Bhargava
MUSIC – Pritam
Post the Munnabhai series VVC Films invests once again in its brand of feel-good, sentimental cinema of tender old-world morality. There is no comparison in the scale or promise of both but the world is so similar that lovers of the former are bound to lean in with interest.
Rusi (Sharman Joshi) is a single father of a 12 yr old boy Kayo (Ritvik Sahore), living with his dejected, ex-cricketer father (Boman Irani) in one of the Parsi colonies of Mumbai. They are a middle-class family with Rusi, an upright head clerk at RTO, as the only earning member. Kayo is a first-rate cricket player who is selected for a training camp to be held at Lords. The family that has to break open piggy banks to get him a new cricket bat obviously doesn’t have the means to send him. But the means are presented in the form of a Ferrari. A local politician insists on having his son arrive for his wedding in a Ferrari and amongst twists and turns it falls on Rusi’s doorstep to get Sachin’s (Yes, Tendulkar) Ferrari for a few hours in return for the money he needs. Why Sachin? ‘Coz apparently he is the only one who owns one in Mumbai. The upright Rusi, on the behest of his father’s teasing, musters up the courage to ask Sachin to loan his Ferrari and ends up stealing it. And then begins an excruciatingly long-winded journey to return it to its rightful owner.
Directed by debutante director Rajesh Mapuskar the film is full of thoughts, morals and people that seem extinct or visible only in (rare) films. Rusi is the kind of gent who seeks out a traffic inspector to pay a fine if he inadvertently jumps a signal. He takes on the responsibilities of traffic clearing if the situation demands. Ever-smiling, ever-conscientious, he is optimistic to a fault. And the world around him is made up of tender-hearted people, upright policemen and friendly neighbours. Treated intuitively, the sweetness doesn’t get cloying to our much-cynical sensibilities. It is also largely due to the balance of thrill and suspense sprinkled with ticklish comedy right throughout. Unfortunately, so long, so twisted and so seemingly never-ending does the entire film become that it begins to seem like too much of a good thing, which is not really a good thing for a film. However, Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani, arguably, two of our most talented actors carry the film on their shoulders effortlessly, hand-holding us through the (tad) tiresome process with confidence. The carefully selected secondary casting, a strong point with most VVC films’ creations, does a brilliant supporting job be it Deepak Shirke as the daft security guard, Nilesh Divekar as Pakya, Satyadeep Mishra as coach Vilayat, Aakash Dabhade as Sachin’s man-servant Mohan or Vijay Nikam as the corporator Tatya. But it is the stunning Paresh Rawal as the chillingly cold opportunist and Seema Bhargava as the garrulous Baboo didi who stand out by a mile.
The length of the film, the many, tiring twists (although nerve-wracking), a lot of emotional drama, warranted and otherwise leaves the film as a mixed bag. But just for old-world sentimentality and humour that is ticklish without being nonsensical, Ferrari ki Sawaari makes for an engaging watch.