|Ferrari Ki Sawaari|
|Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore, Vidya Balan, Satyadeep Mishra|
So you have unexplained developments like a character entering Sachin Tendulkar's building and driving off with his Ferrari in broad daylight; the one-of-its-kind Ferrari roaming the streets of Mumbai without the media or police taking note. And you have a man, whose son has gone missing, talking to the media instead of trying to find him.
So suppose you suspend logic for a minute, or more likely for the entire length of the film - you're still left with a void.
We meet the father-son duo right in the beginning. Rusi (Sharman Joshi), "Head Clerk, Worli RTO" is single-parenting his child Kayo (Ritvik Sahore), a super-talented cricketer and captain of the school team. When Kayo is presented with an opportunity to be a part of a worldwide training tournament, Rusi is thrilled, but worried about the Rs 1.5 lakh fee.
Meanwhile, a local wedding planner Babbi Didi, is organising the wedding of a politician's son. She is frantically looking around for a Ferrari to hire for the day - a unique demand by the spoilt child of a groom himself.
How this innocuous Ferrari, belonging to the golden boy of cricket Sachin Tendulkar himself - gets embroiled in these two stories forms the crux.
The central characters of the film are too simplistically written. Perhaps Rusi's character was meant to be that of a golden-hearted simpleton. But we see a guy with a nervous smile who's excited like a child about owning a mobile phone in today's day and age, and someone who believes a bank executive will grant him a loan, based on the trophies the child has won.
Frankly the character's tentative smile and 'bechara' act gets on your nerves. But Sharman Joshi's natural likeability and earnestness saves the day somewhat.
Boman Irani as the disillusioned former cricketer is superb. Ritvik Sahore's restrained performance is far ahead of his years.
But one has to admit it is the peripheral characters that are more interesting than the central. Babbi Didi – the loud yet compassionate wedding arranger, the listless watchman of the Tendulkar residence (he feels a Ferrari is about as impressive as a scooter as both have only two seats), the garage owner who explains how cars are taken apart in dramatic detail (he has coffee mugs with his photo on it), and the chillingly corrupt head of the Cricket Association.
Indeed, the most fun portions of the film are when these characters are onscreen. Babbu Didi entering the men's loo to seal a business proposition or the watchman describes Ferrari's engine as "kaanch ki peti mein band hai".
On the downside, the film is repetitively manipulative. So we see Rusi unable to buy sports shoes for his son, as he can't afford them. Next we see the kid lose a crucial match due to broken shoes.
Then again, as the climax begins, the granddad has to be hospitalised just as the kid goes missing. And we see a TV reporter asking a distraught parent, "Aapke bete ne suicide kar liya, aapko kaisa lag raha hai." It's almost like the film is trying too hard for viewer to feel for the characters' situation.
Also, things are wrapped up too conveniently for us to feel the impact of the conflict. If the selection to the tournament is a problem, someone steps in to support; if the fee is an issue, the money is arranged; if the money gets misplaced, it is eventually retrieved; if a character is dejected, we will ultimately see them have a turnaround and so on.
The finale gets into an unnecessarily hyper-emotional and preachy mode.
Debut director Rajesh Mapuskar whips up a film that's dichotomous in nature. You have the fun portions with the father-son bonding, cricket, and comedy which the viewer is sure to enjoy. And then there's the emotionally manipulative part that seems at odds with the first.
Still, the film is worth a watch for the former. It may be a bumpy ride, but you'll have fun along the way as well.
Rating: 3 stars