Sunday, February 25, 2007

Khosla ka ghosla - Movie Review (Hindi, 2006)

I recently watched the movie 'Khosla ka ghosla' starring Anupam Kher and Boman Irani. A small budget movie filled with wonderful acting, effective screenplay and no frills cinematography.

The movie is very easily identifiable as the story is set in a middle class family environment. Khosla (Anupam Kher) is on the verge of retiring and has invested almost all of his life savings in a plot of land with the idea of constructing a house large enough to comfortably host his family of three children and his wife. They employ a broker to finalise the dealings and the transaction takes place smoothly without any hiccups. A couple of weeks transpire and Khosla takes along his children to visit the plot of land to plan the building layout. Only to find out that his plot of land has been taken over and is now occupied. On enquiring, he finds out that its Mr Khurana (Irani saab) who has illegally occupied his land. Khurana is a building constructor who is notorious for confiscating other's plot and making them pay to get it back. Mr Khosla, innocent enough to believe that it could be some misunderstanding, approaches Khurana with all the proper paperwork and explains that he is the legal occupant of the plot. Khurana dismisses Khosla's plea stating that he could easily produce paperwork to his benefit and cunningly proposes that Khosla pay him 15 lakhs to get back his plot of land.

Khosla turns to the legal system for help only to find out that everyone is hand-in-glove with each other and expect a cut. Totally disheartened and helpless, he decides to give up when his children step in and decide to get the plot back through hook or crook. This is where the fun begins. To reveal anything more would act as a spoiler.

The director skillfully uses the above plot line to establish a whole set of 3 dimensional characters and how they interact with each other. The script is liberally sprinkled with humour and hence never sags while effectively conveying the helplessness of the middle class especially when fighting a powerful adversary.

Anupam Kher gives an exceptional performance and is ably supported by Parveen Dabbas and Ranveer Shorey, his two sons and Boman Irani. The movie is also devoid of songs which helps and uses some pulsating music in the background.

All in all, its one gem of a movie and not to be missed.

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2 comments so far...

Twilight Fairy said...

Hey thanks for the compliment on pics :). Glad they could be of some use.

SS said...

hey there. ... i watched it recently and loved it too :-)
nice write up. cheers.