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Well Done Abba  (2010 - Hindi)

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  • Shyam Ji – The real Abba of real India.

    Well Done Abba rating: 8 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 26 Mar 2010)

    Shyam Benegal is one of finest director our country has ever produced. This guy has captured the Real India in so many different and unusual ways. In the times of Masala Potboilers he made his own niche with his own actors like Naseerudin Shah, Shabhana Azmi, Smita Patil,etc. Most of his films were either hard hitting or Bio- Epics. In between he made few films which were directly from heart and had some good light moments like Suraj ka Satvan Ghoda, Hari Bhari, Mammo and his last attempt Welcome to Sajjanpur. Now he comes back with another feel good type of film “Well Done Abba” will it have to old Shyam Benegal magic or will be different as his last film was. Let’s find out.

    “Well Done Abba” is story of a Driver Armaan Ali {Boman Irani} who goes back to his home town Chikatpali. At home he has a young and beautiful daughter Muskaan Ali {Minissha Lamba}, His twin brother Rehmaan Ali {Boman Irani} and his wife Salma Ali {Ila Arun}. The village and the whole state are running through water scarcity. Thus Armaan decides to go in for a Government Scheme which helps poor people get free Well for them. In the process Armaan Ali goes through the normal routine System of corruption and tries to get his work done as soon as possible. But after that in end he gets is nothing and its then he and his daughter along with her friend Aarif {Sameer Dattani} decides to do something which shocks everyone. Thus starts a black humor drama revealing the reality of our corrupt system.

    Story is so simple and yet thought provoking. It has been treated in very simple manner with some good light moments woven beautifully in it. Screenplay is very nice as does full justice to the film. Yes at times the film drags a bit, especially in the second half but till the time you notice it you are back on the track. Some scenes like Boman’s Twin brother’s track or Sameer Dattani’s track needed to be bit less as they dilute the impact of the film. But then the film has much more on the positive point. All the scenes with the way Boman bribes the corrupt officers, Later when he files the complaint, His scenes with the minister and the whole turning of the event by the minister are total enjoyable. Editing was nice, but as said needed to be bit more tightly in the second half. Camera work is good, needed to be bit better in the Boman’s Car driving scenes which reminded of the 70’s and 80’s. but thats what Shyam Benegal is who works more of the content and less on the special effects, which is bit reverse of the todays major directors attempts.

    Music by Shantanu Moitra is good, but not great. Still Visually Hum to apni bawdi lenge and Meri banno are nice and enjoyable.

    Shyam Bengal is one such director who has inspired many top film makers of today’s times. He is one such director who has not been influenced or inspired by any of Hollywood or World Cinema and yet has manage to touch hearts and create a brilliant cinema. It would had been impossible for him to do what he did years back and getting the impact of today’s times. Thus he re-invented himself in his 70’s with Welcome to Sajjanpur and now Well Done Abba. You can feel the Shyam Benegal touch despite of this new looks. It’s a big effort and deserves applause as all other directors of his age have lost the magic touch or are struggling with it. The whole black humor and corrupt system theme is enjoyable and reminds you of Pankaj Kapur’s Office Office and Shyam Benegals own film Hari Bhari. All the Govt.Office scenes, The whole Sheikh Marriage stuff, Protest etc has been directed brilliantly.

    Boman Irani excels in this superb performance. He is cute, lovable and makes us respect him for this role. He is perfect replacement in today’s times for great Actors like Sanjeev Kumar,etc. Minissha Lamba has performed much better than her glam doll roles. Sameer, Ila Arun, Rajit Kapoor, Salim Ghosh were nice in their part. Ravi Kishan and Sonali were bit overdone. Rest all were Shyam Benegals usual actors and did essay their roles perfectly.

    So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum ?

    Dum hain, Kaafi dum hain. It’s a very nice attempt showcasing the Rural India and its simple folks. The film has superb performances and very well directed by Shyam Benegal with the Black humor in it. On flip side the films screenplay needed to be bit tight and the length needed to be bit trimmed down as it hampers the feel of the film. But believe me friends, if you are in for a good, simple, direct dil se type of film than this is the film for you. Enjoy this simple world of Armaan Ali and Shyam Benegal who is the real Abba who has portrayed the rural and real India in so many different forms.

    Ratings – 3.75+/5

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