Yahan Sab Theek Hai
Rarely do we see a star spoofing himself on the celluloid. This is one such venture and a treat to watch…
Hadbahedi is a small hypothetical town somewhere in India, which is perceived as a village by all, except those who live there. It’s a “no evil” place where everybody follows and undocumented moral and social code of conduct. They get power supply for only 8 random hours a day – but they are hopeful to get it for the whole day; there is only one weekly newspaper Hadbahedi Times with limited reporting and circulation, run by a man with mysterious background Arun Bakshi (Priyanshu Chatterjee) – but they are hopeful to make it nationwide circulated; there is only one train which stops at the station – but they are hopeful that one day Shilajit Express will also have a stoppage there; the only cinema theatre has a faulty machine – but they are hopeful to have a dolby system for their theatre; their neighbor Trifala has an airport, they don’t – but they are hopeful to get it one day.
Their not–so–friendly neighbor town Trifala is very famous, has all facilities and approach to the top, as a couple of big shots are products of that place and it also indulges in lies, corruption and other malpractices. Hadbahedi is not ready to change its conduct by copying Trifala. In a get together, one elderly lady reveals that they also have one bigwig associated with Hadbahedi – none other than bollywood star Rishi Kapoor fondly called Chintu Ji by them. They think of getting him as the brand ambassador for the place.
CJ is an old age, arrogant, foul mouth, drunkard and high headed ex–star, who at this stage is surviving with C–grade films like “Khooni Khazana” with Malkani (Saurabh Shukla). He also has political ambitions. So he lands up in Hadbahedi, along with his pretty and sharp PR executive Devika (Kulraj Randhawa) who is also writing his biography in addition to his training towards the “Rajneeti”. How he lures and exploits the pure citizens of Hadbahedi towards his motives and who finally changes, forms the rest of the story…
One of the most competent writers of television and films – Ranjit Kapoor makes his film directorial debut with this. The man behind the solid lines in Kundan Shah and Rajkumar Santoshi films, and the serials of 80’s – “Kile Ka Rahasya” and “Kajri’, now comes up with a heart touching tale of the rural India in one of the most simplest narration. Bobby Bedi should get accolades for backing this project.
The dialogues are feather light and tickle the funny bone. The sequences – welcoming CJ, his zid for liquor and non–veg food and the conditional compromise of his hosts, two–fold conversation between CJ and Malkani, the shooting at Hadbahedi and the misdeeds of the staff, and memories of “Mera Naam Joker” are picturised exceptionally. There are witty references to real life liquor baron, dreaded mafia don and political power broker, shot very esthetically.
Performances: This is truly Rishi Kapoor’s finest performance of the decade. He gets ample opportunity in the screenplay and he lives up every moment of it, purposely mocking himself. Saurabh Shukla and Anu Kapoor shine in their brief appearances. Priyanshu, Grusha Kapoor and Kulraj do very well in their roles. Sophie sizzles in her jungle shoot. The ever charming Kseniya Ryabinkina makes a very special appearance, which makes this film more special.
Music: The songs “Chai Ke Bahane”, “Yahan Sab Theek Hai” and “Akira Kurosawa” are very well written and gel with the mood of the film. Overall a nice album.