It’s a sweet bond between a schoolboy and India’s favourite game, cricket. But good Lord, or make it Lords, a Ferrari has to be flicked, Sachin’s no less, to make a dream come true.
The plot: Kayo (Ritvik Sahore) is the blue-eyed boy of his completely upright dad Rustom (Sharman Joshi), a widower who lives with his crusty old father Behram (Boman Irani). Kayo is the captain of the under-14 cricket team and he is a natural at the game. The two and a half men of the house clash over cricket as Rustom wants to send Kayo to Lords for a special training session even if he has to get his hands on `1.5 lakh which is completely unaffordable on his petty salary. And frustrated Behram hates the idea, hates the world and hates cricket because he got gypped out of his place in the Indian team by a shifty cricketer who is now the big daddy of the game. But squeaky honest Rustom yearns to send his deserving son to Lords and ends up stealing cricket god Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari in exchange for the elusive Rs 1.5 lakh.
The good: Its sheer simplicity keeps you smiling through a good part of the film. The main highlight of this otherwise extremely average fare is its feel-good flavour.The little nuances of Parsi life have been captured well, be it the clothing or the dialect and also their sweet little eccentricities. The well-done scene where Rustom and Behram chat over a new cell phone within the same house, is one such typical moment.
The performances are splendid by the two and a half men as they bring out the innocent wackiness of Parsis and the emotions between father and son. Ritvik Sahore gets an extra star for the most beautiful performance delivered so far by a child actor.
The bad: After a very impressive trailer and a long wait, the route taken by the screenplay (Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajesh Mapuskar) which meanders into farcical local politics and politics in the cricket boardroom, dilutes the sweetness of the story idea. The interactions with the traffic police too, stop being entertaining after a point. It is a dishearteningly unimpressive ride especially when one looks at the kind of films recently produced by this banner (the Munna Bhai films, Parineeta and 3 Idiots). The way the dots have been joined, there’s nothing exceptional or creatively innovative out there.
There’s a growing disconnect as Rustom inexplicably gets out of the Ferrari without the much-coveted cash or later, when he for no reason at all, continues sitting in the car even after retrieving the money from the glove compartment.
The drama, especially as the film chugs to its climax, goes beyond the tolerable and makes you wince over the disappearance of intelligence from Hindi cinema. There is also an overdose of unrealism that further pulls you away from the already waning interest in what’s going on.
The unwanted songs (music: Pritam), yes, including the much-hyped Vidya Balan lavani ‘Mala jau de’, only serve as interruptions.
Oh yes, this ride to nowhere sure missed a guest appearance by Sachin Tendulkar if only to perk up the proceedings which flagged uncontrollably towards the end.
Overall: A sweet attempt and a few smiles do not make up for a ride that loses steam even before it’s truly begun.
– Pooja Thakkar