Sunday, 21 February 2010

Movie Review: Khosla Ka Ghosla

In an era when senseless movies made their presence felt, films that reflect the simple joys of life suddenly seem to be extinct. Films that follow the Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee's style of filmmaking are good as extinct. Hence, Khosla Ka Ghosla came like a breath of fresh air. It strikes a chord due to its simplistic and unadulterated entertainment. The emphasis is not on paraphernalia like special effects or opulent sets as much as on content.

The prime reason why Khosla Ka Ghosla works is because you come across characters depicted in the film in everyday. The setting amidst a middle class family makes it a slice-of-life episode, the plot (land grabbing) is identifiable and the characters are believable. Khosla Ka Ghosla reiterates the fact that a simple story, well told, has the power to keep you focussed to the screen for the next two hours.

The dream of every middle class man is to own a house. Kamal Kishore Khosla (Anupam Kher) is no different. On retirement, he invests his entire life's earnings into a plot of land to build his dream house. Only to be cheated by a corrupt, greedy builder Khurana (Boman Irani), who usurps the land that belongs to the innocent Khosla. Khosla's family joins hand to pull off a scam on the biggest goon in the property business.

The first thing that catches your eye in Khosla Ka Ghosla is the assorted characters. If the head of the family nurses an ambition to make a house with his hard-earned earnings, the elder son is looking at a career in the U.S., while the younger one is still aimless. On the other side of the fence is this land shark, who encroaches on others' land. Then there are the estate agents who hand-in-glove with such crooks. Really, there's not one unbelievable character in the entire film. Besides the life-like characters, the humour injected at regular intervals keeps the interest alive. The dilemma of a middle-class family and the deteriorating human values are depicted with utmost honesty. The helplessness of the common man is highlighted most effectively.

Jaideep Sahni's script is almost flawless and it's hard to believe that the film was directed by debuntante Dibakar Banerjee. The overall material is powerful. Although every performance in the film is faultless, Khosla Ka Ghosla undoubtedly belongs to Anupam Kher and Boman Irani. Parvin Dabbas stands out in a role that suits him well. Tara Sharma does justice to her character. Ranvir Shorey is ok. Kiran Juneja is able, though she doesn't have much to do. Navin Nischol is adequate and Vinay Pathak is first rate. The actor enacting of the role of an estate agent is really good.

On the whole, Khosla Ka Ghosla is a well-scripted and executed film that surely stands out in the crowd. It is also like the perfect tribute to the Hrishikesh Mukherjee's school of filmmaking. On the ratings scale between one to five, this movie gets a four star which means highly recommended.

2 comments:

Destiny's child... said...

I agree completely. It's a really good movie. As you said, highly reccommended.
A well written review :)

A New Beginning said...

Its truely is a great movie, loved the secon half :) Thanks for the review Akshay!!