Retired schoolmaster Mussaddi Lal Tripathi, the quintessential "common man" sets out for a pilgrimage to the four Holy sites for the immersion of his wife's ashes. Coincidentally the pension officers make a visit to his house to enquire and misinterpreting some statement given by one of his neighbors, the officers declare Mus...more
Retired schoolmaster Mussaddi Lal Tripathi, the quintessential "common man" sets out for a pilgrimage to the four Holy sites for the immersion of his wife's ashes. Coincidentally the pension officers make a visit to his house to enquire and misinterpreting some statement given by one of his neighbors, the officers declare Mussaddi dead in govt. files. Now, in order to get his pension, Mussaddi needs to prove that he is alive. less
“Mediocre performances, poor camera work, boring music and scarce laughs make this silver screen adaptation of an immensely-popular TV show a must skip.”
This movie is very much in keeping with the zeitgeist of the country currently. It picks up the issue of corruption that is so much on everybodys mind and treats it in a very sweetly effective manner. I confess that I was not much of a fan of the TV serial Office Office on which the movie is based simply because it gets tiring to see so much corruption and inefficiency in each episode when we are battling with it in reality any case. But the movie because it encapsulates everything into a two hour package manages to entertain as well as educate.
The story follows retired school teacher Musaddilal as he tries to retrieve his pension that has been stopped since he is declared officially dead. Starting from his wifes death due to corrupt doctors the story moves to the pension office and how he as a common man tackles the menace.
The star cast is small and all the actors except Pankaj Kapoor who play Musaddilal, play multiple roles. The band of corrupt doctors, TCs, Pension officers etc is made up of very competent actors like Deven Bhojani, Manoj Pahwa, Sanjay Mishra, Hemant Pandey and Asawari Joshi and they all lend great support to the tired but spirited Musaddilal. The dialogues are sharp and funny and very to the point. I am getting a bit tired of Makrand Deshpande and his wild hair and he is a bit irritating here in a role that is not really necessary. The relationship between Pankaj Kapoor and Gaurav Kapoor who plays his son is sensitively portrayed but not explored enough.
This movie is a gentle reminder to all of us that not all fights against wrong have to be covered by the media or culminate in candle marches. Even a common man can fight back in a small way and sleep with the satisfaction that he has made a difference. Worth a watch.