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Movie Review: Ferrari Ki Sawaari

Ferrari Ki Sawaari is Rajesh Mapuskar's directorial debut and has been produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. — Courtesy Photo

Released without a whimper of fanfare or publicity, Ferrari Ki Sawaari, the tastefully delicate new film produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and released by Tehelka, is a subtle tehelka by itself.

We open with Rusy (Sharman Joshi) a wide-eyed, meek widower, hidden behind big outmoded spectacles and a fixed unsure smile. He has a clerks’ job with a matching salary and a 12-year-old son Kayo (a winning Ritwik Sahore), with a natural bent that could make him the next Sachin Tendulkar. When Kayo is spotted as a sure-fire finalist to be tutored in a training camp at cricket’s Mecca Lords, Rusy is confronted with the under privilege’s worst nightmare: getting the money to send his son aboard.

The sum, a hundred and fifty thousand, may sound meager, but its significance is played up in one of the film’s early scenes when Rusy nips safe-kept money out of his small apartment’s nooks (middle class people, will know what I am talking about), to buy his son a cricket bat. When he takes his small porcelain piggy bank into the bathroom, and hits the flushes’ chain to mask the shatter of its sound from his grumpy sofa-stricken father Mota Papa (Boman Irani), we cannot help but be affected by its real life candor.

A little later, he meets a local wedding planner (Seema Pahawa), who desperately needs a red-hot Ferrari for a local thug-turned-politician’s nincompoop son’s wedding. The only model matching the poster she carries is owned by Sachin Tendulkar. And so in one of cinemas most naturally-drafted turn of events, we find Rusy making off with Sachin’s wheels to give the spoiled brat a “Ferrari ki Sawaari” on his wedding day.

Ferarri’s screenplay, written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and debuting director Rajesh Mapuskar, is bead-trimmed with small, untarnished, gems for scenes and unpretentious, naturally sewn dialogues by Raj Kumar Hirani (Mapsukar was his assistant in Lage Raho Munna Bhai and 3 Idiots).

Mapsukar films Ferrari with self-effacing minimalism; His framing arsenal rarely exceeds small master frames, faint close pushes and reverse angles and that suits the plot’s temporal feel and rhythm just fine. Needless cinematic trickery would only smudge the film’s excellently laid-out coat anyway.

Somehow even the songs by Pritam slide right in without jolting the narrative and one of them features Divya Balan in an item number, although I doubt her cameo would raise ticket sales.

There’s a stinging tinge of reality in Ferarri’s down-to-earth conception, making it hard to pinpoint the movie’s actual genre; but for the most part it doesn’t need one (the movie is inaccurately marketed as a comedy). Well yes, it is a dramedy, but then again it’s so much more. Even though the movie never announces that it is “art” or “reality inspired” cinema, it is certainly artistically real.

The movie debuted at its press-premiere last night with negligible publicity and media turnout. Mismanagement or whatever reason that distributors know better only harms Ferrari’s local box office potential. Now, if this were an Amir Khan movie (and let me tell you, Sharman Joshi suits the picture just fine), we wouldn’t hear the end of it!

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Comments (17) Closed

Jun 15, 2012 09:55pm
Agree entirely with Rahat. I didn't realise until much later that 'Tere Bin Laden' is a Pakistani movie!!! It is gr8 movie - whether made in India or Pakistan. Girish
Ek Desi
Jun 15, 2012 04:16pm
Forget politics , border , Just enjoy man.. like a normal person. don't try to be a any party worker.
Sajid Khan
Jun 15, 2012 01:32pm
One more Indian movei , is being push down the throat. Why is such a huge amount of coverage to people who basically do not accept the foundation of Pakistan. ?
Jun 16, 2012 03:49pm
Let it be so, Mr.Sajid Khan. We Indians continue to admire Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Faiz, Manto and Noorjhan. If you do not like Indian cinema it is your problem.
Jun 16, 2012 03:53pm
BOL & khuda ke liye were AWESOME movies,
Rahat Khan
Jun 15, 2012 02:02pm
Totally out of context Mr. Sajid Khan. This has nothing to do with accepting or not accepting the foundations of Pakistan. People in Pakistan watch Bollywood movies more than there own Homemade movies. Don't they think about this while watching bollywood movies? Where all patriotism goes? As far as i think average civilian in both countries nothing against each other. Its there So called Governments or Politicians policies make our poor and majority of un-educated population fool. Hope you understand and no hard feelings Brother :)
Jun 16, 2012 01:42pm
Absolutely. Foundation of Pakistan is an ideology - it is everyone's right to agree or disagree with that. Cinema is art
Jun 17, 2012 06:36pm
Indians and Pakistanis are great friends outside their own country
Jun 18, 2012 08:48pm
For gods sake let us stop these little indoPak wars, shall we? I have just seen the Pkistani Drama serial Humsafar and simply loved it and pronounce it of a very high standard, in every depatment, better than any Hindi Tv serial Ive seen in a long time. am also heartily recommending it to my compatriot friends. You enjoy our movies, we enjoy your Tv serials. So lets stop this petty bickering and get on with life, I say!
Jun 18, 2012 10:39am
For those who didnt get Mumbai Indian . .. he was being sarcastic . . .
sudhir Das
Jun 17, 2012 11:11am
Cinema is a form of art and art transcends all boundaries. Think of Mehdi Hasan. Did his ghazals less popular in India because he was a Pakistani? We never considered him that way. he was equally held in high esteem in India as in Pakistan or for that matter wherever his fans have settled down. So friends don't bring in the India-Pakistan issue in everything. Just enjoy, may it be a Bollywood movie or a Mehdi Hasan or Ghulam Ali ghazal.
Jun 16, 2012 03:54am
He has the right to express his views. And I support them too. Relax and go watch the rubbish they offer in their movies. But thats just my opinion.
Satyendra Tripathi
Jun 16, 2012 05:46am
Good points said Mr. Rahat Khan. I too watched BOL and Khuda Ke liye. Atleast we can try to leave our past behind. People of both the countries like to watch movies and if this medium make us little bit closer, there is no harm in it.
Jun 16, 2012 06:10am
India and Pakistan are enemy for each others since its creation. They don't accept each others independence and we should accept the truth that they never ever become a friend of each others. In both the countries they provides the facilities of any nation to move freely any part of their countires but don't allow each others nationals to do so. Why?
Jun 16, 2012 08:15am
i am strongly agree with u mate. am an indian in AUS and i have frns from Pakistan and Bangladesh as well. civilians never have any problem its our so called politicians who spread hatred among us for their vote bank.films are to entertain us and take stress away, we should not complictae this too much bcuz in the end india and pakistan was one country six decades ago. love for all. God bless our countries and its people
Mumbai Indian
Jun 16, 2012 08:33am
I totally agree with Changez Khan. It is not worth trying frienship. lest just fight. it is anyway more fun.
Jun 16, 2012 09:24am
I can n`t see any harm to watch Indian movies.They love to watch our stage & TV dramas.