The perfect Father’s Day gift!

Director: Rajesh Mapuskar

Cast & Crew: Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani and Ritwik Sahore

Synopsis: A little boy thinks of nothing but cricket. His father, Rusy, thinks of nothing but his little boy. To fulfill his son’s dream of playing at Lord’s cricket ground, the honest and upright Rusy takes a reckless step.

He borrows a gleaming red Ferrari. Just for one hour. The only trouble – he doesn’t inform the car’s legendary owner. A wild, breathless, bumpy ride begins. A naive Rusy must dodge bullets and bouncers for one unforgettable night, and play the role of a perfect father. Can he do it?

”Ferrari Ki Sawaari” is a fun-filled story of small guys and their big dreams… and how these dreams turn into a mad comedy of errors.

Review: "Life ye mausambi si, dekho taazi taazi hai, thodi hansi jo isme ghuli, toh meethi ho jaati hain." This heartwarming comedy begins on the sweet note of this track that you find yourself humming even hours after the film. Rusy Debo (Sharman Joshi), his son Kayo (Ritvik Sahore) and Kayo’s grandfather (Boman Irani) are a Parsi family happy in their little world or are trying to be until Kayo an ace cricketer wishes to participate in a cricket coaching camp at the Lord’s in London.

In order to afford the exorbitant fees of the camp, Rusy strikes a deal with a wedding planner. In exchange for lending out a fiery red Ferrari for a day, he’ll get the money to send his son for his dream camp. How he manages getting the Ferrari and at the cost of what forms the rest of the story.

Coming from the same folks who gave us the laugh riots ”3 Idiots” and the ”Munna Bhai” series, you can’t possibly go wrong with this one. The icing on the cake is that it’s a family entertainer and will appeal to all. It’s surely a feel good film but it takes real talent and effort to come up with a plot that’s so refreshing and such memorable dialogues. How many films can boast of dialogues and moments that don’t merely exist for the sake of the film’s continuity but also succeed in being evocative. Kudos to Rajesh Mapuskar and Raju Hirani for coming up with lines that almost everyone can identify with. For instance, when Rusy’s application for a loan gets rejected he tells the senior bank official, “toh koi low salary ke saath kabhi loan nahi le sakta hai. Loan ki zaroorat toh low salary walon ko hi hoti hai” (so someone with a low salary cannot take a loan, ultimately a loan is meant for people with a low salary). It’s scenes like these that not only strike a chord but are also a comment on the middle class Indian’s struggles and their aspirations.

Sharman Joshi as the honest, soft spoken Parsi widower, who pays a fine when he accidentally skips a signal so that he can set a good example for his son, represents exactly that- the honest Indian and parent who wants to give his son the very best of everything. This venture marks his evolution as an actor. He doesn’t fumble even once, not even when he’s sharing screen space with maestros like Boman Irani or Paresh Rawal (who plays Dilip Dharmadhikari, a retired cricketer). He doesn’t fail to move you in scenes where he tries to console his son. Who would have thought this comic actor would pull off the role of a serene Parsi citizen but he does so and with such elan! The way I see it, this film belongs to him.

The film has no dearth of brilliant actors but it will make people notice Sharman Joshi’s coming off age as an actor. More so, he has done what most actors struggle to do throughout their career and that’s breaking his mould, he’s proved his versatility and emerged as a leading actor.

Boman Irani as the dejected cricketer bears similarity with Nasseerudin Shah’s character in ”Iqbal”. Both are results of what happens to those who don’t make it to the Indian Cricket team. While most other characters have a streak of idealism, his is the most realistically portrayed. Ritvik Sahore as Kayo was perfectly cast and from the looks of it, we’ll surely see more of this young lad. Seema Pahwa as the feisty wedding planner’s expressions generate a few hilarious moments. Deepak Shirke as the security guard and the domestic help are far more funnier, especially in a scene when they try to estimate the rough cost of a Ferrari. Satyadeep Misra as the coach too makes his mark.

Fine performances, an innovative plot that will appeal to all aren’t the film’s only perks. It’s cinematography is exceptional and nothing short of a visual treat. The film has been shot in a Parsi colony which does wonders for the film and makes it easier for the viewer to be able to relate to the characters.

But sadly the film does go downhill after the second half and as one renowned reviewer contemplated about ”the curse of the second half”. In agreement, I firmly believe this flick was meant to be short and sweet. Certain scenes could have been done away with especially those of the local politician preparing his son’s wedding. The plot does get a little predictable and a few coincidences which hinder the film. Vidya Balan’s Lavani number could have been also been done away with. Some of the moments are a tad too cheesy to digest but then it targets the the masses who want to  believe the impossible is possible.

Despite its flaws, the film makes the viewer realize that the Ferrari only represents our dreams. Human beings tend to dream big and want the very best of everything but the question is at what cost? In our desire to attain that, we end up creating far more damage than required and unnecessarily worrying. Both success and happiness are what you make of it. As Kayo rightly tells his father “Sachin Tendulkar trained at Shivaji Park and not Lord’s Stadium, aap bhi na, itna tension kyon lete ho”.

Verdict: Fed up of dark and realistic films? You’ll LOVE this one. Catch it for the performances and plenty LOL moments.

Kanika Rajani

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