Verdict: Never underestimate the power of a common man.
Bank robbery has always been an interesting and thrilling subject to make a film on. Writers get to exploit their imagination and creativity in creating a genius character and the most difficult of locks. But adding comedy to a thriller is a tough job and Bank Chor is an attempt to make you laugh and keep you thrilled simultaneously.
Without any delay, the film starts with police officers sealing the entrance of The Bank of Indians that is probably under attack and a reporter interviewing a cop who has no idea what's going on. Cut to a flashback inside the bank. There's a Baba with dreadlocks talking to an executive, other bank employee counting and keeping bulk cash in a bag and all that happens in a typical bank. Cameras catch two guys indulging in unusual activities, the situation escalates quickly and the bank is under the control of Champak (Riteish Deshmukh), Gulaab (Bhuvan Arora) and Genda (Vikram Thapa). Three robbers, new into the business, are trying to rob the bank. But this is not an ordinary bank robbery as CBI officer Amjad Khan (Vivek Oberoi) reaches the location just in time to solve the case. There's a catch and that you'll find out in the movie.
The robbery in the movie starts too soon, making you wonder if the film has anything left to carry the story further. But there's much more to the plot than just these three robbers. The first half of the film passes by quickly as they introduce characters, set the plot and not an extraordinary but interesting interval. The characters of the movie have been written well with a certain peculiar characteristic in each of them be it Champak's Vastu obsession, Amjad's thing with killing criminals or Genda and Gulaab's dumbness.
The performances in the movie score good as you could relate to them every time. A typical bechara middle-class Mumbaikar trying to rob the bank for all personal reasons, two Delhiites constantly comparing and commenting on Delhi and Mumbai, an egoistic CBI officer and a not-so-intelligent reporter. The movie is set in South Bombay and the relatability is on point. You'll see an extra amount of journalists, a school bus full of kids passing by the crime scene and black commandoes. The movie is a mix of both thrill and comedy. Riteish Deshmukh and his two partners in crime make you laugh throughout the goofy robbery they have planned. Another character which is worth a mention is Baba Sehgal. He is there and chants his two liners with ease.
Bank Chor's comedy is highly based on common stereotypes and that is the best thing about the film. It is easily given more importance than the thrill. The only bad part about the movie is the screenplay. Sometimes the scenes are dragged too much and have never ending dialogues. Just when you think the movie has ended, it will actually cut to another scene and this happens more than once.
The background score of the movie is decent and the film is sans dream sequences and songs which is a great thing as it would have added distractions to the already dragging plot. However, the filmmakers have made it a point to make crazy songs along with this crazy movie.
Why You Should Watch The Movie:
Bank Chor is full of punchlines and Delhi-Mumbai comparisons that will keep you cracking. Riteish Deshmukh is funny as ever, so if you are his fan you need no reason to watch the film. Also, if you want to laugh out loud on some typical Bollywood comedy, catch a show of Bank Chor this weekend.
P.S. There's also a mid-credit scene in the movie.