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Ferrari Ki Sawaari

This is a film about a Ferrari and a boy who takes a very special ‘sawaari’ in it.

Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi |
June 15, 2012 3:41:57 pm

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

Director: Rajesh Mapuskar

Indian Express Ratings:**1/2

The title says it all. This is a film about a Ferrari and a boy who takes a very special ‘sawaari’ in it. The boy is cricket-mad. The super-fast,super-luxe car belongs to the one and only Sachin. Can a film which has these ingredients—cricket,cars,and how-dreams-can-turn-into-reality– turn out less than a cracker? ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ is well intentioned,well produced and well acted,but doesn’t really vroom off the screen.

Kayo ( Sahore) is the son of Rusy ( Joshi) and grandson of Deboo ( Irani). It is a modest Parsi home,full of the touches we are primed to expect : a shambling home with lived-in untidiness,a grouchy gramps scowling in one corner,and a too-nice father trying to make ends meet in a too-modest job. Both Irani and Joshi come off just as we know they will : we’ve seen the irascible Irani before; ditto the likeable Joshi. The tyke is pitched just right,though,struggling-to-do-the-right-thing but succumbing to little-boydom,both at home and on the field,where he is a champion.

A large sum is required to send Kayo to Lords for a coveted coaching camp. The arrow-straight Rusy tries raising money from all quarters,finally ending up in the clutches of a canny wedding planner ( Bhargava),whose need is a Ferrari,the blood-red dream to pep up a local councillor’s son’s ‘shaadi’. And completely by quirky accident,the keys to the car drop into Rusy’s reluctant palm. Which takes him into a film that feels like a different one from where ‘Ferrari’started,full of faux macho politicians,witless grooms,and a ‘lavani’ number starring Vidya Balan minus ‘namak’ : all too stretched out,and not madly interesting.

It’s not as if ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ doesn’t have its points. I haven’t seen such a natural little boy in a Hindi film in a long time. Sahore gets being naughty and willful and wistful without lapsing into artifice,and that is all too rare in saccharine-coated Bolly kidsworld. The little by-plays on the field are fun,too. And despite the fact that Rusy is made out to be this altogether too-gentle character who is more wuss than anything else,Joshi makes him watchable. Also,why don��t we get to see Seema Bhargava more often? She is so good here,making her character zing. Which is what’s missing from ‘Ferrari’. It is nice,but bland.

shubhra.gupta@expressindia.com

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