Movie Review: Ferrari Ki Sawaari (Hindi) 158

The biggest selling point for ‘Ferrari ki Sawaari’ was its pedigree as it called itself ‘from the makers of Munna Bhai & 3 Idiots’. And what more, the ace director of these films, Rajkumar Hirani wrote the dialog for ‘Ferrari ki Sawaari’. Obviously, the expectations were sky high but the film has been built on a rather weak script.

The story revolves around a little boy Kayo Deboo (Ritwik Sahore) who is a budding cricketer nursing a dream to play for India. Just when he gets selected for a prestigious camp at the Lords Cricket Ground, his father, Rusy (Sharman Joshi), an honest RTO clerk cannot afford the 1.5 lakh fee. Rusy’s father Behram (Boman Irani) a former cricketer himself is dismissive about his kin making a career in cricket.

When Rusy’s efforts to raise the money through a PF or bank loans fail, the only ray of hope is a wedding planner (Seeema Pahwa) who offers 1.5 lakh if he can fetch a Ferrari car for a local corporator’s sons’s wedding procession. But the only person in the city who owns such a car is Sachin Tendulkar and Rusy must steal it from him.

Sharman Joshi perfectly fits the bill of playing a simple and hapless guy weighed down by fate. But he lacks the charisma to carry an entire movie on his shoulders. Boman Irani is top notch as usual. Little Ritwik Sahore complements the star cast. On yes, Vidya Balan makes her presence felt in an unnecessary item number.

The film raises a number of issues such as the impracticality of someone with modest means dreaming of a career in sports, the difficulty in making ends meet and being able to provide for one’s dreams all on a meager salary and the thought of truly talented folk being trampled due to politics and those with deep pockets.

The overdose of drama that is focused on the child is likely to interest preteen audiences who would gladly drag their parents to watch the film. And then there are those who will give it a chance because Rajkumar Hirani’s name is associated with it. But otherwise, there are so many plot holes that leave you dissatisfied.

First, there was no specific reason for the lead characters being Parsi except about showing them to be living in a Parsi colony and one joke where a goon says he called out for ‘Rustom’ and twenty of them turned up. Also, was the setting really 2012? Barring the existence of mobile phones, the film seemed like a throwback to 1980s. And over the top characters like the corporator’s son are simply irritating.

The portrayal of his poverty is rather unrealistic. Granted that he is a widower and sole breadwinner caring for his old father and providing for his young boy all on meager government salary; but in an age where small time street vendors carry mobile phones, our hero doesn’t seemed to have bought one. And why does he stash money in odd places instead of leaving it in his salary account? What was the director thinking?

The honesty angle has also been overdone and inconsistent. Imagine anyone accidentally jumping an unsupervised traffic light and searching desperately for a cop to voluntarily pay fine! And within minutes, our epitome of honesty goes on and steals a fancy car and jolly well drives it around the city with his son. What ever happened to all that gyaan about setting an example to his son in the traffic signal incident?

What more? Our hero leaves the stolen car on the street, nearly at Sachin’s doorstep in broad daylight; Boman Irani’s character brings the car to the cricket association headquarters where nobody seems to care where the car came from or why were they driving around like crazy amidst the fountains in the garden. To top it all, nobody gets pulled up by the law. All this in the name of cinematic liberty, wow!

To sum up, ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ is a film with its heart in the right place. Just that it goes overboard with some unrealistic drama. Given that the movie is centered on a kid and we are a cricket crazy nation, it may have takers despite it being average fare!

Rating 5/10: Simple film which is let down by a weak script!