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- Khosla Ka Ghosla!
- Runtime:127 min
- Release Date:2014-02-23 12:30:52
- Director: Dibakar Banerjee
- Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama
MOVIE REVIEW:Khosla Ka Ghosla!
Khosla ka Ghonsla is a low-budget and simple yet admirable movie which
is a realistic picture of the horrifying reality in Indian metros being
faced by the middle class Indian people.
Indian cities (and villages too) are the victims of many kinds of
mafias, viz. the transport mafia, the tourism mafia, the extortion
mafia, the kidnapping mafia and so on and so forth. Khosla Ka Ghonsla
(Khosla's nest) is a movie which deals with the activities of land
mafia which is neck-deep involved in usurping the land of middle and
lower class, helpless people not able to resist their unlawful
activities and save their land bought with their hard-earned money.
It's a deservingly much acclaimed movie directed by Dibakar Banerjee.
The story belongs to a salaried person, Mr. Khosla (Anupam Kher) who
buys a plot with his life-long savings to build his own house, spacious
enough to accommodate his whole family involving his wife, daughter and
sons. But he is taken aback to find that his plot has been grabbed by a
land-mafioso Khurana (Boman Irani) by muscle power. Now he is asked to
pay a hefty sum to get his own plot vacated. And the more painful thing
for him is that the law-enforcing agencies are also like the handmaids
of the baddie; strengthening the hands of the wrongdoer, instead of
ensuring justice to the victim. Thus poor Mr. Khosla, the victim of the
unlawful deed, is further victimized by the law-enforcers who have sold
their souls to the culprits. As Mr. Khosla's elder son is planning to
migrate to US, leaving his family-members behind in India, Mr. Khosla
is further depressed. However the son, Cherry (Parveen Dabaas), finally
realizes the pain of his father and fortunately comes across Asif
(Vinay Pathak) who is the ex-accomplice of Khurana. Asif shows him the
way to con the conman. How the Khosla family, with the help of some
actors (Navin Nischal and Nitish Pandey) and Cherry's girlfriend,
Meghna (Tara Sharma) are able to swindle Khurana for a hefty sum and
get its plot released from him by paying him his own money, forms the
remaining part of the story.
The story is very impressive and except the final sequences of the
Khoslas' swindling Khurana, is utterly realistic. The emotions of a
middle-class straightforward man, his simplicity and naiveness in
dealing with the shrewd ones, his pain upon seeing his dreams
shattered, the family bonds, the indifference of the young professional
towards the feelings of his parents, everything is touchingly realistic
and contributes in making this simple movie a winner all the way.
Cinematic liberties have been taken for the sequences in the later part
of the story. Conmen cannot be conned so easily as shown in the movie.
Hence though the message of fighting the devil with fire, is exemplary;
it makes the movie unreal on this count. I personally believe that
rascals deserve to be dealt with by rascality only and while dealing
with them, the good people should leave their goodness at least
temporarily. However the way, it is shown is not realistic. It appears
to be something told in the lighter vein and imposed on the narrative
to lead the story to the desired climax. All the same, the efforts of
the writer (Jaideep Sahni) and the director deserve high accolades. The
narrative flows smoothly without any undue digression and keeps the
audience tied to their seats. The title of the movie is also apt
because own house is as dear and as coveted a thing to a middle class
Indian as nest is to a bird.
The performances are just excellent. The front-runner is definitely
Anupam Kher who has given the performance of his lifetime, second only
to Saaransh. Boman Irani is able to make the audience laugh even though
he is in a negative role. All others including Parveen Dabaas, Tara
Sharma, Ranvir Shourey, Kiran Juneja, Rupan Bajwa, Vinay Pathak, Naveen
Nischal and Nitish Pandey have also done quite well.
Music is according to the mood of the movie. Editing is good.
Technically the movie is perfect. Dialogues are also impressive.
Khosla Ka Ghonsla is not a comedy. In fact, it is a serious movie of
the genre of the movies made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu
Chatterjee in the seventies and the early eighties, providing light
moments amidst the portrayal of the dark reality prevailing in the
lives of the Indian middle class people. The middle class people in the
Indian cities, managing through moderate salaries, can perceive this
movie as a mirror of their lives.
"Khosla Ka Ghosla" will remembered down the memory lane which marked
the entry of of Dibankar Banerjee. When the movie geared up for
release, the promos hardly evoked interest. As days went by thru the
word of mouth, the movie gathered momentum and went ahead to slot
itself as the one of best of 2006.
What sets apart "Khosla Ka Ghosla" from the rest is the authenticity,
be it the characters, situations, locations, lingo or the plot itself.
The audience have an instant connect. Kudos to the writing skills of
Jaideep Sahni and impeccable translation on the screen by Dibanker.
Anupam Kher & Boman Irani were the pillars on whom the entire premise
rested. If Khola evokes sympathy in loads, equal hatred erupts for
Khurana. Vinay Pathak starts off on a low key and gather momentum in
the later half. Navin Nischol and Kiran Juneja were adequate. Pravin
Dabas and Tara Sharma were as usual added glamour quotient. Nearly
forgot Ranvir Shorey leaves a mark as the street-smart brother.
Songs were distinct which later went on to become hits.
We need more "hatke" stuff like this. As Javed Akhtar mentioned at an
awards ceremony "There is enough room in the industry, please make some
space for the new entrants" exactly my sentiments for aspiring writers
who can truly deliver "hatke".
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