Indian cinema seems to be on a rapturous transitional phase where experimentation is the keyword and fearlessness the driving force. For Bollywoods fixation with star-dictated films seems to be calculatedly threatened by a number of heavy-duty small films where content accelerates the pace on-screen and imaginatively penned stories walk the red-carpet. How many times could we get to see a film which has an aristocratic car as the central plot device? Or a sperm-donor in its titular character? Or a film on a former athlete-turned-dreaded-goon which goes on to validate his acts and makes us nod in favor? Not many in the past. But the present is drastically evolved and joyfully different.
Vidhu Vinod Chopras Ferrari Ki Sawaari features an adorable Parsi kid Kayo, who harbors the dreams to be the next Sachin Tendulkar of the country and has the goods to deliver. Sharman Joshi plays the affectionate and encouraging father, Rusi, who has a strictly ordinary job as the Chief Clerk at the Worli RTO. When the quintessential life-changing opportunity for Kayo comes in the form of an expensive cricket camp to be held at the legendary Lords stadium, Rusi finds himself in a moral catastrophe as tough ethical decisions must be taken to tackle the financial dilemma faced by the typically average household.
When an over-zealous wedding planner promises a local corporator that shed get a Ferrari rather than the traditional horse for his sons wedding, she has no idea how to get there. Bumping into Rusi, she devices a method to somehow convince the master-blaster to rent out his Ferrari for a couple of days as shes willing to pay heftily for the services. When the supposed lease turns out to be an unintentional robbery on part of Rusi, the city-roads go for a toss as a luxury item of the rarest variety sprints across with alarming liberties.
Poor father Rusi only wanted his son to get the best of the training and even hobnobbed for the loans, but was left with no alternative but to capitalize on the accident. However things escalate beyond control making the characters eventually confront their helpless limitations as well as question the quality of their initial decisions.
What Ferrri ki Sawaari manages to do, and does it very well, is capture the simplicity as well as the uninhibited ambition of the forever struggling middle-class. Thus Ferrari represents not only the symbolic luxury but also the boundless dreams of the countless working-class people. Director Rajesh Mapuskar along with writer Rajkumar Hirani designs his characters which are monetarily restrained but that remains only a part of their lives and not something which hampers their ambitions. This automatically brings in a lot of conviction in the characters which also helps in generating a compassionate relationship with the audience.
You root for Rusi till the very end despite the logical lapses visible in the plot and despite him not functioning in accordance with our heads. For now, you are totally concerned for the kid and want him to sway his bat triumphantly on British grounds.
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