Sooper Se Ooper: Film Review

Sooper Se Ooper’s trailer made us believe that the film would at least give us plenty of laughs, if not anything else. The film in a way lives up to what it almost seems to promise in the trailer. However, it achieves this feat by ridiculing itself, i.e. through its highly immature plot and direction.

A property feud is the base on which the story develops. Ranveer Singh(Vir Das), our protagonist, has to run from pillar-to-post to inherit a property that belongs to his deceased mother.  Das acts in his element and has done a fairly commendable job. But what really bothers me is that Das hasn’t experimented one bit with his look or the kind of characters that he has been portraying ever since his debut in Bollywood.

Similarly, the film too has nothing novel to offer. There was a time when "small budget" films, with relatively fresh faces or lesser-known stars, would breathe fresh air into cinema halls, that were playing host to typical Bollywood Masala flicks. But after watching Sooper Se Ooper, I have to sadly accept that these films too are slowly turning out to be a stereotype.
 
The only saving grace of the film is Madhav Singh Rathore (Gulshan Grover), who plays Ranveer’s mama (maternal uncle) and Yashpal Sharma, Madhav Singh’s loyal helper. The film is full of clichés and predictable scenes like – the usual loud North Indian fights and arguments, uncalled-for nudity and characters speaking in a stereotypical North Indian accent (mostly Rajasthani). The comic sense of the film is pathetic; I remember funnier plays being enacted out in school.
 
The primary conflict in the film is barely touched upon. I believe the song dance sequence, "Introducing Gul" starring Kirti Kulhari, was added to the film to make sure the film doesn’t run into losses. But the song is immaturely-directed is going to be far from a saving grace for Sooper Se Ooper.
 
Debutante director, Shekhar Ghosh has attempted to blend the Rajasthani folk style of theatre into his film, by making it vibrant, colorful and loud. However, he has failed miserably at this.  What’s saddening, is how the talents of Gulshan Grover and Kirti Kulhari (who had given a brilliant performance in Shaitan), have been wasted.
 
The one positive thing about the film is the representation of a villager’s perspective of a city through Madhav Singh Rathore (Grover), Bhaironji (Sharma) and Gul (Kirti Kulhari).
 
The second-half is a drag, I almost found myself falling asleep. A good part of the film is set in Rajasthan, and to say aptly, the film is as dry, as its deserts.

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