In Pursuit of Goodness
Jo Dekhega wahi sikhega tells Rusy (Sharman Joshi) to a traffic cop. I am very worried about the cinema our kids are watching. With Rowdy Rathore crossing the 100 cr mark and kids I see near theatres screaming excitedly to watch that film the best gift a father can give his child on fathers day tomorrow is show her/him this flawed and yet lovable film that looks at the brighter side of life.
Following the same template as the two Munnabhai films and 3 Idiots, Ferrari ki sawaari directed by Rajesh Mapuskar picks up the mantle from Rajkumar Hirani of telling a fable like tale of goodness and honesty.
Rusy(Sharman Joshi) is a single parent living with his father Deboo (Boman Irani) and his 12 year old son Kayo (Ritwik Sahore). Kayo is a cricket fanatic, captain and star of his team. An opportunity comes knocking for him to go to lords for a coaching camp. Rusy promises to arrange the 1.5 lakhs required for the camp. After a couple of failed attempts at arranging the money through honest means Sachin Tendulkars Ferrari becomes his only hope to get the money required.
Twice you have to suspend your disbelief while watching this film. One is while watching Maharashtrian characters speaking in Hindi amongst themselves and the other is the unconvincing action of Rusy stealing Sachins Ferrari.
Though this is Rajesh Mapuskars debut film the influence of Raju Hirani hovers around the film a lot, because the dialogues are written by him. If Raju Hirani decides to write a self help book he could be Indias answer to Rhonda Byrne who makes people see the goodness around them through her books The Secret and The Magic.
Sharmans character at times comes across as an offshoot of Raju Rastogi from 3 idiots and his dialogue delivery reminds me of the interview scene from that film. He is perfectly cast as a lovable person who cant do any wrong but doesnt cut out as a convincing Parsi. Boman Irani on the other hand plays his part pitch perfect. His scene with Paresh Rawal is a delight to watch. Ritwik Sahore as Kayo who has an uncanny resemblance to Sachin appears more mature than Boman and Sharman put together.
But, what you leave with are not these three characters but certain moments where yet again like Shanghai the smaller parts shine above all. My favorite is Mohan played by Akash Dabhade. I am fan of his after this film. His track with Deepak Shirke is the best track in the film. Then there are other characters like Pakya (Nilesh Diwekar), his father, Baboo Didi (Seema Bhargava) & Shamshu bhai who with just one scene leaves a memorable impact.
Word of mouth In times of such chaos releasing in the name of cinema a film like Ferrari Ki Sawaari is the balm that can soothe the senses and calm the cynic in us.
Rating 3.5 (Good)
Ticket Meter Worth a family visit to the theatre.