My take on Ferrari Ki Sawaari
Long, Long ago there was a filmmaker called Vidhu Vinod Chopra. He used to make films that had very little scope for smiles and grins. Not that the films were bad , but they belong to the grey areas of human psychology. Then he gave his assistant Mr Raju Hirani a chance to take over and ever since the films that come out compel one to call the production house We Do We Nod Chopra Films.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is part 4 of probably the never ending “bas bhi kar ab rulaega kya” series (Munnabhai 1, 2 , 3 idiots). Not that either of these films are bad, but if you pause and think for a second they all basically revolve around the same old gandhigiri and the world is bright and the road is covered with white sheets, right out of the washing machine and the smell of bleach still fresh.
So we have a typical same old parsi family from Khatta Meetha (old) , which had no woman in the house. The family follows the golden rule- “honesty is the only policy”. The good parsian Sharman drives to a traffic hawaldar at the next light to pay the fine because he jumps the red light and there was no one to fine him there. Then He smiles and grins. After that he reaches home and says something to his son, and then he smiles and grins. While making dinner he smiles and grins, and then later when he actually had to smile and grin- he smiles and grins.
You will see clones of the entire cast of Munnabhai films- Smiling for no reason, and crying until the director says cut. The background music is reminiscent of the emotional atyachar music from previous hirani films.
However, here’s the bright side (not as bright as sharman’s smile though) – The lines are funny. Even though there is a lot (LOTTTTTTTTT) of sugar coating, it still doesn’t bore you. The comedy is fresh and will make you laugh. Even the silly sequences are amusing and do manage to entertain. The entire Babbu didi – pakya marriage track is funny (although it is a little out of the narrative sometimes).
Another thing working for the movie is the beautiful, sexy, gorgeous, curvaceous, vivacious, smashing, stunning, breathtaking Ferrari (which by the way belongs to our very own cricketing maestro- Sachin Tendulkar) Its not everyday that you see this amazing machine on the screen and never in a hindi film for that matter.
The whole father-son relationship is sweet yet boring, emotional yet sugar coated, adorable yet seemingly fake at times.
What works for the movie- bits of cricket, bits of father-son sequences, The amazing Ferrari on Indian roads, the comedy sequences
What doesn’t work– The whole heavy loaded Raju Hirani hangover, the atrocious songs and their timings, Vidya balan’s seemingly pregnant belly, the sugar coating in almost every scene, The last 30 minutes– the last 30 minutes are highly stretched and boring with almost no new development. Its a dragged climax with nothing but revisiting emotional saga of previous munnabhai movies.
Sharman acts really well (its a pity that he has been made to act toooooo emotional, but nonetheless he is good). Boman irani is good too and the kid is watchable.
The direction- well rajesh mapuskar directs as if he is the hanuman who upon tearing his chest will reveal Raju bhagwaan.
Overall- 5 on 10.