Jaana Tha Japan
Pahunch Gaye Cheen.
Wanted to replicate Ritchie’s success with the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and end up with his Revolver.
Sooper Se Ooper takes the talented Vir Das, Gulshan Grover, Deepak Dobriyal and Yashpal Sharma to the Jaipur Litfest and leaves them stranded there. Ha ha! If they were so lucky. But no, seriously, it takes Vir Das’s Ranvir to Mandawa in Rajasthan in search of his maternal uncle (played by Grover). There is a case of ancestral property, and the uncle is the hand that will sign the NOC. However, uncle is now holding a paint brush, and it is left to his Man Friday (Sharma) to explain why uncle has now taken to Silent Saturdays. Dobriyal is the dubious builder who wants the property and follows Ranvir to Rajasthan but spends more time getting lost in the sand dunes. Somewhere fighting those shifting sands and the sporadic sandstorms is the rest of the story.
Grover’s Madho Singh Rathore is now an ascetic, eccentric spirit and chants a Chinta Koi Nahi in the face of any conflict in the plot. Arey chinta kiyu nahi it is getting to interval and I still have no idea what this film is trying to do.
Rarely have I watched a film where the characters are so uni dimensional; none of them are holding any secrets up their sleeves, (Ranvir wants uncle to go to Mumbai to sign the NOC—and he tells him on the second day, so there is no “winning the hearts and minds of the village” leading to Big Confrontation, haw hai you duped us shehri babu. The gaon ki chori has stars in her eyes and she negotiates and wins over the city) but even then with such a simple plot we are all at sea. Sorry sandstorm.
Stay home this weekend. Be good to your family.