In India, considering the birth rate of our BHARAT MATA, one this is for sure, we automatically get trained to make friends unknowingly (Not counting the unknown hot chick you just added on Fb after stalking). We may have “Stage Fear” but we are fearless on the real stage called “life”. While being (over)surrounded by members of our species we never face problems in conversing with an unknown face. All thanks to three topics which can always be discussed – CRICKET, BOLLYWOOD and GOVERNMENT. Every damn Indian definitely has an opinion about these!
Dealing with these run-of-the-mill topics collectively is Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s recent offering titled “Ferrari Ki Sawaari”. Keeping in mind the past record of VC movies, this one lacks the boon of having a Khan, a Dutt or a Kapoor which resulted in low profile publicity campaigns. This lack of stardom is actually the strongest point of the movie because the real star in this case is the script penned down by box-office genius RAJKUMAR HIRANI of the MUNNA BHAI and THREE IDIOTS fame accompanied by Chopra himself and Neeraj Vora.
The plot is simple. Excessively angelic, Parsi RTO head clerk RUSTAM decides to fulfill the dream of his so-so wonder child Kayo, an ordinary twelve-year-old Indian kid obsessed with cricket having some extra-ordinary batting skills. Over ambitious Rustam leaves no stone unturned to accomplish his only child’s dream to attend a cricket coaching camp at every cricketer’s dream destination THE LORD’S cricket ground. The coaching fee being unaffordable, helpless Rustam has only one option left, which is to neglect his conscience and steal the only Ferrari in town whose owner does not need a mention. In this journey he has to deal with his anti-cricket father, a mad politician with his retarded son and a senior cricket administrator.
Sharman Joshi as Rustam Deboo plays a middle class single father of his cricket crazy son Kayo played by Ritvik Sahore.
You are relieved when you realize that the new kid in Bollywood is not a sibling of an irritating Darsheel Safary and gang who overact and piss you off. The debutant kid is super-confident and Sharman Joshi with his innocent mannerisms and beautiful character sketching does his part remarkably well.
Kayo’s annoying grandfather “Deboo” is played by ace actor Boman Irani. He is an ex-cricketer with the stereotype “DARDBHARI DASTAAN” similar to that of KAMBLI-TENDULKAR (however he isn’t as annoying as Kambli). The anti-cricket attitude is thus explained.These Parsi characters are so lovable that you actually feel like finding a Parsi post movie and hugging him.
In addition there is this squinted duo of Sion Koliwada’s corpator and his dumb son Pakya played by Nilesh Divekar who demands a Ferrari for his grand entry in his own marriage.
The rest of the cast is similar to that of any VC movie with lovable sugar-coated Mumbaikars. Not to forget the hottest element of the movie which fulfills the sex appeal quota of the Bollywood potboiler, the Italian beauty “Ferrari”.
More than cricket this movie is basically about parenting. Indians and moral values are inseparable and that works for director Rajesh Mapuskar. The screenplay is all about innocent smiles, teary eyes and moments which tug at heart-strings. When you witness a middle class Indian dreaming out of the box and that to for his family you reflexly get immensely supportive and start rooting for the protagonist.
Sharman Joshi has come a long way from his debut in a cheap comic flick “Style”, evolving into a dependable comic supporting actor in movies like Golmaal and Three Idiots and finally achieving his single hero chance to fame. Reminding you that this isn’t a cake-walk role, his hard work pays off in an award-winning performance.
Child actor Ritvik has lesser scope to perform as all he has to do is hit 4s and 6s, respond cutely to his father and play with glycerin sometimes. The only thing that needed to be avoided was irritation and over-acting. Full marks to him too.
The only established star element of FKS was Boman Irani. Every time Boman appears in a VC film he gives Bollywood a character which is immortal. Being a Parsi himself he does his part so well that he steals all the limelight.
The scene where he gathers courage to confront his once-upon-a-time best buddy Dilip Dharamadhikari played by an actor of his class Paresh Rawal is probably one of the best scenes of VC movies. (Remember the “Munna Bhai confronts Circuit” in LAGE RAHO?)
Potential pitfalls are very less. Editing could have been a lot better. Vidya Balan’s lavani is a mess as you constantly think of slimmer options for the item number. She like a Maharashtrian obese version of not-so-little-red-riding-hood damaging the streets of Koliwada.
Music director Pritam fails to create his regular flavor as lyrics overpower the rhythm of the songs. Frankly speaking no song is worth your playlist.
Ferrari and cricket are two elements which are present right from the start to the end frame. At times you feel bad for sexy supercar being raped by Indian Traffic Police and our dented roads. Being so religious about the unofficial national sport we don’t stress up the director and enjoyment is guaranteed.
ROFL moments-Rather than ROFL moments, FKS is about the constant smile you will have on your face. I’m sure everybody will comment on Vidya’s obesity and will trying finding the one who isn’t let her go in “MALA JAU DE”. We realize how daily life characters with their typical lingo can be so amusing. You won’t fail to notice SARABHAI vs SARABHAI in a serious scene and try re-collecting the respective episode for a second.
I am going with THREE AND A HALF STARS for the soulful “FERRARI KI SAWAARI”.
IF MOVIES LIKE KAHAANI PLAY WITH YOUR BRAIN THEN MOVIES LIKE FKS PLAY WITH YOUR HEART (Medicos read emotions).
We are habituated to watching a celebrity Khan reciting translated Tollywood dialogues. We actually feel offended when there isn’t a PAISA VASOOL item song in the movie. Movies like FKS are a perfect combination of entertainment with a moral lesson. I’m glad that Vinod Chopra’s style of film-making has not changed at all. Cheers to that!
In the race of reality vs dreams and a test of principles and conscience we realise that a parent is best known by his child alone. FKS may not cross the 100 crore mark, it may not even last for more than a week in single screens but trust me, every one who has watched the movie will have a revision of moral values which is much-needed today.