Director: Rajat Kapoor
Cast: Ranvir Shorey, Gul Panag, Purab Kohli, Neil Bhoopalam, Gunjan Bakshi, Bharti Achrekar, Yusuf Hussain, Brijendra Kala
Synopsis: Nandini and Navin are about to get married when disaster strikes. Navin and his friends, a hugely overweight Sudeep and Yash, go out to celebrate. An accident occurs on the highway and Navin is dead.Navin wakes up in heaven and discovers to his horror that it was a clerical error that had landed him in heaven. The man actually destined to be there was fat Sudeep with his cholesterol on overdrive! Navin makes a scene in the overcrowded waiting room of heaven and demands that he be returned to earth, and to his loved ones.This film is about how Navin returns to earth and has to woo Nandini all over again in another guise.A delightful take on love, life, romance and the occasional accident of death.
Review: The proverb ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ applies to this film and likewise, I’ll advise you not to judge this flick by its title. Those craving a light comedy shouldn’t hesitate and give this film a dekho. Not only is it a feel good film, but one with a message and besides, its a Rajat Kapoor venture! Sadly, this comedy was hardly promoted!
The film starts off unconventionally with the voice overs of Navin (Purabh Kohli) and Nandini (Gul Panag) bantering, soon after which, Navin pops the question to Nandini. This calls for a celebration when Navin along with his friends, Yash (Neil Bhoopalam) and Sudeep (Ranvir Shorey) head for a weekend getaway to celebrate. But their happiness is short lived when they meet with an accident and Navin dies.
The audience is then transported to heaven with Navin who’s accompanied by a death peon (Brijendra Kala) where he learns that not him, but his overweight buddy Sudeep was supposed to die. Since heaven can’t possibly have the wrong soul at the wrong time upstairs, they give Navin a chance to be an earthling again BUT in his friend Sudeep’s body!! The story is thus about how Navin manages to win over Nandini as Sudeep.
Nandini and Navin represent the ideal couple and even make a good pair, except that some of their dialogues border on being too cheesy. But those are just some of the weaknesses of the film, as not only is the film hilarious but is also sans any drama and histrionics. This can also be noticed after Navin dies and Nandini is shown grappling to come to terms with his death as compared to weeping buckets which is frequently how people react when someone dies in reality.
Heaven in this film represents a noisy, over crowded government office with separate counters based on how one died, for instance, accidents, suicides. Kudos to the director and screenwriters for their creativity! Right from the scene when Navin reaches heaven, to the ones when he’s on earth spying on his friends or his coming to terms with being trapped in an overweight body are a laugh riot and Ranvir Shorey plays the part of the under confident over weight friend brilliantly! Right from his posture, sloppiness, he essays an obese person with the required amount of sensitivity.
Both Gul Panag and Purab Kohli suited their parts and did justice to it. We would like to see them on the silver screen more often. Despite Purab’s role being brief he doesn’t fail to endear the viewer. Gunjan Bakshi as Gul Panag’s best friend also shows potential while Neel Bhoopalam’s depiction of the confused bloke is believable and is a comment on the 20 something man’s confused state of mind. But the star is Brijendra Kala who never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat whenever he graces the screen.
The cinematography is also good and a variety of shots, especially wide shots have been used. They give an insight into the characters spaces and remind us of how ordinary they are. This enables the audience to be able to identify with them more easily. The film’s music definitely doesn’t strike a chord and seems to have been inserted for the sake of it.
The movie may have loosely been inspired from ‘City of Angels’ (1998) and ‘Jhuk Gaya Aasman’ (1968) but is never the less an entertaining watch. Here’s to more creative films with unconventional plots and actors who suit the part instead of hunks and pretty faces wasting screen space.
Verdict: Don’t miss this one if you like feel good films.