In typical Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raju Hirani style, Ferrari ki Sawari tugs at your heart strings, makes you teary eyed and at the same time leaves you with a sense of warmth and hope.
Sharman Joshi plays Rustam, father to a twelve year old Kayo who is very good at cricket and needs a lakh and a half for a coaching camp at the Lords London. To help raise the money, Rustam steals Sachins Ferrari for a wedding of a corporator. How he manages to raise the money, return the Ferrari escape jail and be a good father to Kayo is the crux of this delightfully entertaining film.
While Sachin as an inspiration to millions is a stated angle in the film, Ferrari ki Sawari at its core is about father and son relationships, depicted brilliantly in three different stages of life-Rustam and his twelve year old kid Kayo, Boman as the old ex cricketer Debu and his son and now a father himself, Rustam and the politician heavy weight Corporator father and his neglected young son, the groom wanting a Ferrari even at the cost of rebelling against his dictatorial fathers.
In characters that are real, rooted and believable, the film fleshes out nuances of how this relationship morphs as both the father and the son grow together. As the bright red Ferrari gets driven around the city, covered in flowers or even transforming into a Red Saree clad Vidya Balan dancing a Lavani number, it becomes a metaphor for the lengths a father can go to keep his child happy.
Then there are the quintessentially Raju Hirani school of character sketches like the goofy security guard, the loud jugadu wedding contractor and sundry other bit roles that provide some hilarious yet emotionally poignant moments. Like the Munna Bhai series, this one too makes it a point to preach without pontificating.
So you have Sharman offering to pay a fine for cutting a signal though he isnt caught only because his son saw him and he would learn what he sees. Dialogues are the biggest hero here, with intelligent witty and completely clean comments on everything from the govt. EPF scheme to loans being denied to those who need them and how the loan givers would someday go bankrupt thrown in for good measure.
Ferrari ki Sawari rests on the shoulders of Sharman Joshi and he carries the film with effortless ease. His smile is disarming and he excels in the emotional parts making one wonder why it took him ten years to get his due as an actor. Boman Irani as the grandfather and Ritwik Sahore ad Kayo are the other mesmerizing performers. A fun energetic background score keeps the pace light despite some heavy duty emotional scenes towards a tad elongated climax.
At a time when mindless remakes of southern potboilers are ruling the roost, Ferrari ki Sawari comes as a breath of fresh air. Clean, well meaning and warm, this one will leave you smiling long after the film is over. Watch it for sure.