By Paromeeta Mathur Banerjee(28 Jan 2012)
Gali Gali Chor Hai is an upcoming slice of life movie peppered with dollops of humour as seasoning.
Bharat is the aam aadmi, who lives in Bhopal, in Central India. He is a cashier at a bank, and, like all bankers, has a trusted sidekick – his scooter. He is also a part-time actor, and portrays the role of Hanuman, the monkey God, at the local Ramleela skit.
His family consists of his wife, Nisha, a schoolteacher, and his father, Shivnarayan, a patriotic, idealistic man, who dreams of a corrupt-free nation.
Then there is Amita, the unwanted guest, who is an employee with a call centre. She is a pretty young thing, which is enough reason for Nisha to be slightly insecure about her marriage. Nisha is ambitious for her husband, and would like him to be promoted from cashier to manager at the bank.
Bharat, however, has other goals. He wants to be Ram, the protagonist in Ramleela. Sattu Tripathi, an extremely bad actor, gets to portray Ram, without opposition, because he is the younger brother of the politician, MLA Manku Tripathi. Both the Tripathi brothers dislike Bharat, for different reasons. Sattu is overshadowed by Bharat’s superior acting skills on stage, leading to a rivalry between the two. Manku, on the other hand, is miffed with Bharat, because the extra room in the latter’s house is now used as a re-election campaign room by Mohanlal, Manku’s adversary.
And then one day, Bharat’s table-fan gets stolen. The police constable, Parshuram Khushwaah tells Bharat that the local paanwalla, Bacchu Gulkand, can testify in court that it was none other than Chunnu Farishta, burglar par excellence, who is responsible for the crime.
A rather reluctant Bharat then gets sucked into a system that worships corruption and dishonesty, and is forced to bribe his way through criminals and law keepers alike, just to get this table-fan back. What the system does not seem to realise, however, is that even somebody as common as Bharat can snap, and when he does, he can make life hell for a lot of people.