Phas Gaya Re Obama, a comedy based on the global recession, traces the journey of Om Shastri, an American Citizen of Indian origin. Om loses all his wealth during recession and within 30 days, he is required to vacate his house due to the non-payment of a loan of $100,000. Om is left with no other option but to sell his ances...more
Phas Gaya Re Obama, a comedy based on the global recession, traces the journey of Om Shastri, an American Citizen of Indian origin. Om loses all his wealth during recession and within 30 days, he is required to vacate his house due to the non-payment of a loan of $100,000. Om is left with no other option but to sell his ancestral property in India and during his visit, he is stuck with a recession-hit underworld gang, who kidnap Om thinking that he is still a millionaire. less
“If you enjoy low budget movies with a few cheap laughs, this one is for you!”
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Somewhere in UP or Bihar, a gang of small time kidnappers is reeling under the after-effects of the American Recession - the kith and kin of their victims are haggling on ransom money, and its been a long, long time since the 'mukhiya' of the gang has gone to Kullu Manali with his wife and kids. When an NRI (Rajat Kapoor) comes back to the city after 7 years, they pounce on him expecting to get better returns than the average local doctor or businessman. The NRI however is himself saddled with debt, and has nothing better to offer than an idea: sell him off to a bigger gang, and give him a cut in return for not telling the gang that he is penniless. The second gang sells him off to a third, and the third to a fourth (the NRI's getting richer with each swap).
A ultra-low budget film which has Rajat Kapoor and Neha Dhupia as the stars, this one could have been much, much better. The kidnapping and poverty theme was copied from Hera Pheri, a cult movie in itself. However, the treatment is so lacklustre and the actors so lethargic that it is really difficult to sustain interest. The only bright spark is Sanjay Mishra as Bhaisahab, the boss of the first gang. He is perfect as a bumbling kidnapper who values English intelligence. The second and fourth gangs are made up of non-actors, none of whom have anything to add to the film except screentime. The third one is a tad interesting: a 'girlie giroh', headed by Neha Dhupia - they exude uber-horniness with their sado-masochistic torture methods(slapping and gangraping men).
While Neha Dhupia was never expected to act at all, I certainly hold Rajat Kapoor in a high esteem and was disappointed with his lack of interest in the movie. The concept and the connection with the financial recession was really good - the broke NRI is a bad debt, which is tossed over and over again to the next big player with an artificial increase in value. But the dialogue delivery could have been much better: the same lines are repeated endlessly (one guy keeps asking Rajat Kapoor to 'cooprate', while he keeps repeating that he is penniless). And the Obama connect is conspicuous by its complete absence, apart from random graffiti at the hideout with Obama cartoons and slogans. The background score is completely non existent, and the entire feature comes across as a play rather than a movie.
Fewer laughs and disappointing treatment make this one skippable: Dont watch this movie at a theater - pakka phans jaoge !!