Dilli Mein Oye Oye
Having struck the bull’s eye with his maiden venture “Khosla Ka Ghosla” based on a real life event, Dibakar Banerjee tries another “sansanikhej” work of fiction “inspired by” real life event, and he succeeds big time.
Lovinder Singh a.k.a. Lucky (Abhay Deol) belongs to a low-middle class family in Delhi. He thinks big but no hopes of converting his dreams into reality, as there won’t be a higher education lined up for him and also he has strained relations with his father (Paresh Rawal #1, who does not care much about his family and brings in Lucky’s new “Aunty” in the house to co-exist with Lucky’s mother). Lucky chooses the alternate path of petty crimes and becomes a thief, lifting anything from literally any place in the city at any possible hour of the day, fully capable of taking away the “kaajal” out of your eyes. Later he and his childhood friend Bangali (Manu Rishi) join the gang of Gogi Arora (Paresh Rawal #2, a Jeetendra+Narendra Chanchal combo, who runs a live orchestra as a front end to his do-number-ka-business). On one eventful night, Lucky meets his soul-mate Sonal (Neetu Chandra) while escorting her elder sister (a dancer in Gogi’s group) home. Sonal likes Lucky for his innocent charm and manners, but does not approve his money making methods. But her mother does approve and hence Lucky’s in-laws house is fully furnished soon.
Things don’t remain normal between Lucky and Gogi and the later arranges Lucky to be caught and remanded by the police. He is out soon, only to be conned by Dr Handa and his wife (Paresh Rawal #3 and Archana Puran Singh) to loose big money. Also conspired by Bangali and Gogi, he falls in the police trap. But is it possible to keep air in any custody?
Dibakar Banerjee narrates the story of this charming lifter in the simplest possible manner. The fine detailing of various scenarios and sequences have been done with a master stroke. Be it confrontation between young Lucky (Manjot Singh) and his father, or getting his teenage girlfriend to his first date and gifting her a “get-well-soon” card, or stealing TV set and music system in front of their owners and guard, or coffee date with Sonal and with those college going girl gang, or trying to find space to dump the chori-ka-tv in the corrupt minister’s house – every scene is written with such finesse and crisp dialogues (na ek word kum na ek word jyada – thoda kaha bahut samajhna).
Performances: With just one actor (Rajendra Sethi, in a special appearance) from the “Khosla Ka Ghosla” cast repeated here, the casting team has done a fabulous job. Every character seems to walk in from the real life. Abhay Deol is swift and completely at ease. His choice of roles in his career so far has been very good. Manu Rishi has done a brilliant job as his childhood friend, as well as the dialogue writer for the film. Neetu Chandra is one of those few beauties with brains in the industry at the moment, and she is in terrific form. Archana Puran Singh has got a decent role after very long time, and she delivers well. Paresh Rawal has delivered one of his finest performances in a triple role and he does not copy a single expression across these three roles. This is a rare feat to achieve and he does this in style. Manjot Singh as young Lucky is hilarious.
Music: Sneha Khanwalkar, an RGV regular, has done fairly decent job with those thumping khalis Punjabi numbers. She made a trip to quite a few North Indian places to get a feel of the need of the film and has managed to deliver it right. The title song and “Jugni” need specific mention and the Punjabi rap in “Superchor” is cool.