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Khosla Ka Ghosla November 11, 2006

Posted by Sai in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.

This is a very pleasing film. It is a simple drama with lots of humor that caught me by surprise. The film is about a middle class family in Delhi. Khosla spends his entire savings to buy a plot and dreams to build a house there for the whole family to live in. Khosla’s plot is grabbed by Khurana who wants him to pay 50% of what it is worth to get it back. What the Khosla family does to try and get back the plot forms the rest of the movie.

The movie reminded me of Rajendra Prasad starrer Brundavanam (Telugu) which has a similar theme. The tit-for-tat idea isn’t exactly new but the way it is mixed with the middle class aspirations and the reality of land grabbing is brilliant. I have heard about land grabbing before but never thought about it. The movie gives you an idea about the process and a feel for how it affects the people involved.

The life of the middle class family is captured very well and that was very important for the audience to identify with this movie. Half an hour into the movie, I was already pulled into the lives of these characters and wanted more irrespective of the unfolding plot. Kudos to Jaideep Sahni (who is also credited as creative producer apart from writing) for creating the well-etched and believable characters. This is a welcome change in genre from Jaideep Sahni who has earlier written Company, Jungle and Bunty aur Babli. The exclusion of songs (except in the background) is a good decision and the length of the movie is just right. The debutant director Dibakar Banerjee deserves high praise for the way he moulds the movie and extracts performances from the cast. His attention to detail is notable in many scenes. His contribution is very important to this movie that could have become something else in the hands of a different director.

The acting is of high quality. Every actor performs well without exception. None of them overplay their roles and stay true to their characters throughout. Anupam Kher is outstanding as Khosla. The role does justice to his talent and he does justice to the role. Boman Irani comes up with another intelligent performance in a role that is similar to his role in Lage Raho Munnabhai. However, he makes sure that we don’t remember that character at all. Its nice to see Navin Nischol (Buddha Mil Gaya, Victoria No. 203) in a good role after a long time. Parvin Dabas (Monsoon Wedding) gets a good role that suits him well. Despite an ordinary role, Tara Sharma (Page 3, Om Jai Jagadish) delivers a performance that makes us sit up and notice her talent. The minute changes in her expressions in many scenes can’t be missed. VJ turned actors Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak and the rest of the supporting cast do a great job.

Most of the critics have liked this film and I can see why. Such movies were common about 2 decades ago but seem to have become extinct since. We need more movies like this and for that to happen, more people need to watch and appreciate it. If you are looking for conventional entertainment with fights, songs, dances and tears, you can keep away. I would highly recommend this to anyone who can watch a realistic tale laced with lots of humor that does not follow the traditions of mainstream cinema but fits within its confines.



1. Satya - November 15, 2006

Good one

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