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June 15, 2012

Pitch (im)perfect

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 11:33 pm

June 15, 2012

Cast: Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore, Seema Bhargava, Paresh Rawal

Director: Rajesh Mapuskar

Like the Munnabhai movies and 3 Idiots with which it shares its DNA, Ferrari Ki Sawaari is a well-intentioned film with its heart positioned firmly in the right place. And yet, this simple-minded tale about an ordinary family chasing an extraordinary dream never quite soars.

Sharman Joshi is Rusy Deboo, a government clerk who’s honest to a fault. When he accidentally jumps a traffic light, he searches for the nearest police post and insists on paying a fine. Rusy lives with his crabby father Behram (Boman Irani), a former cricketer who never made it to the big league, and his 12-year-old motherless son Kayo (Ritvik Sahore), a promising batsman who aspires to play like his idol Sachin Tendulkar.

When Kayo is selected for a prestigious training camp at Lords, Rusy must come up with the fee that’s way beyond his modest means. Unable to get a loan, the only option seems to involve stealing Tendulkar’s Ferrari for a wedding planner friend.

Starting off nicely as a portrait of a middle-class Parsi home, Ferrari Ki Sawaari coasts along comfortably, delivering clean laughs punctuated by occasional moist-eye moments. But from the moment Rusy makes off with the master blaster’s hot-wheels, the film seems to abandon all sense of logic, and subsequently sinks into a sludge of melodrama.

The business with a local corporator and his witless soon-to-be-married son goes on way too long, and a pre-climax scene in which Rusy appeals to citizens on live television when Kayo goes missing is so over-the-top it makes you cringe. More engaging is a comic track involving Tendulkar’s desperate housekeeper and his security guard who must trace the stolen Ferrari before their boss gets home.

Co-written and directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, formerly an assistant to Rajkumar Hirani, Ferrari Ki Sawaari is competently assembled, but never quite straddles the real and the exaggerated as effortlessly as Hirani’s films have. Still there’s much pleasure to be had in the performances here. Seema Bhargava is terrific as the feisty wedding planner who badly needs the Ferrari, and Paresh Rawal strikes the perfect note as an oily cricket administrator who the family approaches for a favor. Of the leads, Sharman Joshi makes Rusy wholly believable despite being written as a mild-mannered, too-good-to-be-true fellow. But it’s Ritvik Sahore as the confident but considerate Kayo, and particularly Boman Irani as the wronged, disillusioned grump who brings pathos to this film.

I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for director Rajesh Mapuskar’s Ferrari Ki Sawaari. A little shorter, a little more subtle, this one could’ve zoomed.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. ya i agreee wit u
    movies screenplay was little boring n quite logicless,,……….
    i loved bomans acting

    Comment by vicky shetty — June 15, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

  2. I watched the first day first show of FKS. I think the team has done a wonderful job. It’s a must watch. I recommend it 🙂

    Comment by Akhilesh Tekade — June 15, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

  3. Loved the film… Nice story.. Sharman, boman n ritvik rockzz… Paresh rawal presence feels brilliant…

    Comment by Pooja kulkarni — June 16, 2012 @ 12:13 am

  4. Again your not prepare to understand the brass realities of life, living in a glass house, do you know in Hyderabad an year back a local channel was telecasting the fight going on between two neighbors about their DIL and there was a panel in the studio discussing the pros and cons… when such things happens on reality , why not a person appeal on the TV… all things can happen in INDIA.. After all this is a movie, is the scenario enjoyable and audience enjoy at that moment , latter they forget like what is happening on the Political scenario, you catch some people in the name of SCAM but latter they are let off… Public forgets it completely, take the recent elections in AP, how can public vote for a person who is jailed, whether he is guilty or not, but you make jailed person HERO, it happens in INDIA. One would not be surprised if the CONGRESS Teams up with YSR’s party within a year.
    Learn to judge a movie from the public’s mind, the public will reject movies which do not appeal to them, they want movies which will take their worries for 2-3 hours they spend in watching on the screen. Meaningful or the so called ART movies are watched by die hard movie goers. Henceforth, you need to be more practical in giving your judgements about the movies you review, maybe give your verdict based on the Janata and another one as a movie critic.

    Comment by venkat — June 16, 2012 @ 11:19 am

  5. I think, if we ignore the subduing tad melodrama and look at the brighter side (as Sharman says in this movie), Ferrari Ki Sawaari is an overwhelming family entertainer. Read my full review here: http://thepuccacritic.blogspot.in/2012/06/ferrari-ki-sawaari.html

    Comment by Anup Pandey — June 16, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

  6. I think you should not reveal points like Boman Irani being a former cricketer. In this movie, where there are a very few ‘high’ points that one’s gone now. Check out my review. Its better. Follow “THINK” on facebook.

    Comment by Sashank — June 16, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

  7. But it was total entertaining …. Loved the movie

    Comment by Rahul — June 16, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

  8. Theme is good, but direction is poor!!! First half of movie is fairly fast, but second half is too slow to get bore. Director has failed to keep same interest till end, which was there till interval.

    Comment by Avi K — June 18, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  9. Felt so overwhelmed after watching the movie.
    A must watch for everybody.
    Maybe a good watch along with family as well.

    Comment by Sunny — June 18, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  10. agree with u rajeev.. cheers!

    Comment by dj — June 22, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

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