The good cinema I'm referring to is driven by a story. The other ingredients are on auto-pilot, organically introducing characters, sub-plots and taking us through their journey. Moreover, it is characters like that of Rustam, an astounding performance by Sharman Joshi, who are probably one of the primary reasons why I love to watch movies. The kind of characters that are inherently good, untarnished by this cruel world. Rustam is so innocent that he almost makes every other character in Bollywood movies look evil. Even when characters like these do things that aren't exactly good, I'm still rooting for them. This is an instance where you don't have to cast a movie star for me to root for him, you just have to create a character which makes me want to. The film not only has great characters acted out by ingenious actors like Boman Irani and Paresh Rawal, it also has wonderful dialogues that these characters are given to speak. It sometimes restrains from being melodramatic, creates beautiful delicate moments and sometimes explodes into escapist fantasy. How many times do we see that in one movie? And done well!
The plot is so simple that in a lesser film, it wouldn't be this charming. Rustam (Sharman Joshi) wants his son (Ritvik Sahore) to go for a cricket camp in London. He walks the path of righteousness. Until he decides to take a detour and steal a Ferrari (who said steal? He just borrowed it!!) in exchange for a sum of money that will help his son chase his dream. This isn't exactly what you call an inventive, path-breaking story. The sub-plot of a politician and his son, and two attendants are definitely out of a bad movie. But here, these minor characters glisten with the shimmer of the terrific screenplay. A scene which depicts bribery and corruption here is better than entire films made on the subject. The final act of the film is a miracle, the resolution is something most movies shy away from. In between I wished the film would go on and on (The wish was granted and it kind of did). Yes, the film is a bit long but only when your heart is not in the film. In fact, the biggest compliment I could give this film is that the overlong finale felt like getting a free candy, an extended treat. The film (especially the ending) also reminded me of a favorite film of mine, It's A Wonderful Life (1946). Frank Capra made movies about innocent do-gooders who don't belong in this harsh world. A final compliment I'd like to give this film would be that even Hollywood has forgotten how to make movies like these. It may not be a great movie but it has movie magic, something that is missing from cinema screens these days. This is easily one of the best films of the year so far.view less