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* * * Oye Lucky a bit Unlucky Oye * * *
Nov 28, 2008 10:26 PM 3740 Views
(Updated Nov 28, 2008 10:35 PM)





What is the greatest evil in the world?   Who is your greatest enemy?     I think the greatest evil is not loud or bark saying I am here as your enemy but simply, silently stand with you and take your life when you least expected.   Our greatest enemy is not any others who hit us once or abuse us continuously.   They may be or may not be our enemies, but our greatest enemy stay with us and within us.   They walk with us, sleep with us and watch each and every moment of us.   The moment it gets a chance it gets over you.   Laziness….or lack of guard…that is our greatest enemy.   The hare lost the race to the tortoise due to laziness and the only enemy which can beat us is our laziness.   They say a lazy man's mind is a heaven for devils.   No wonder it attack us like a thief when we sleep or when we go out of our guard.

What makes one settled to the cozy life of laziness where the need of the hour is a life of care and pride?       Parents are the first people who can give confidence, comfort and develop your self.   A house cannot make a home and giving shelter doesn't complete the responsibilities of parenthood.    Friends have an influence on you but it depends on you, whom you consider as friends.   Friendship is not only about being together but to work as a mirror.   Love – we already talk about it and we have a lot of expectations and dreams about it.   True Love which identifies the self in others need to be out of influence from material things.       What if the love encourage you to be what you are, the wrong you instead of forcing you to change?    Society can change a person too with its concerns and support but at heart they too are victim of the greatest ego of human kind, greed.  Oye lucky have three characters in it, Laziness, A thief and Greed.  Laziness is played by the situations where the greed is been played by Paresh Rawal and the thief is been played by Abhay Deol.

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, is not an outright commercial movie but an art movie with commercial elements in it.       You may not enjoy this film if you are not the one who would love to crack puzzles and find joy in it.…where you have to read between lines.

Lucky is a thief who can steal anything from any place.   His childhood with his stubborn, demanding and less understanding father (Paresh Rawal) made him hard at heart and fast in work.   He always finds ways to get his things done.     His father's bad treatment to his elder brother doesn't take his courage out but he is all set to explode.   He finds a mentor in Gogi Bhai (Paresh Rawal) who uses him as a tool and don't waste a chance to cut him to size.   He thought he found a business partner in Dr. Handa (Paresh Rawal) and even found his mother's love in Dr. Handa's wife.   He treated his close friend as him only but Dr. Handa and his friend (Bengali, played by Manu Rishi) cheated him.   The law is all set to trap him, but can they?  Where the thief is within?

Here the writer director Dibakar Banarjee with Urmi Juvekar has taken a new path in story telling.   The closest approach we can find is in the movie 'No Smoking'.     Lucky's father, Gogi Bai and Dr. Handa is all are one representing human conditions which the director hope that the audience will understand where it is been played by Paresh Rawal.    Even Lucky and his brother may have been replaced.   Even many must have thought his brother's childhood story to his own.   That's right.  The director is dealing on human conditions and emotions which even if you replace with one person to another that doesn't make any difference.   Symbolism is been used in abundance and wondering how many can identify most of it.    I wish the director took a bit more care to present the movie lightly when it is intending for release as a commercial film.   In this respect I will consider 'Welcome to Sajjanpur' as a role model.

Abhay Deol is first rate!  Superb!!   Paresh Rawal did all 3 roles convincingly.  His role as Lucky's father was quite different from his other roles and surely that will be the image I keep it with me after the movie.   However, if you are expecting comedy from Paresh Rawal you may be disappointed.   Neethu Chandra is cool and did a perfect job though the film not belongs to her.  The newly introduced teenagers were a joy to watch with excellent acting skills.

Cinematography is excellent but music and choreography could have been better.

What I liked the most:

  1. The near to real display of Lucky's childhood, the complete episode.

  2. Theft from the big bunglaw where the watchman were outside and servant and old age mother inside.

  3. Lucky's love says to keep the money on the fridge.

  4. Theft from the TV Journalists house.

  5. Lucky's meeting with his elder brother.

  6. Lucky's escape from the police custody two times.

Many scenes in the movie is repetitive and the message the same.     The film lacks twists and turns which makes any driver on his alert in any journey.   The climax too could have been better and eventful, where it looks forced as presented.

Overall, the movie is a good watch for art film lovers and for one ready to crack some difficult nut like coconut.   For one who looks forward to a simple comedy to have a good laugh, I fear this may not be the movie.

My rating is on two ends.   For Art film lovers, it is worth a 3.5 stars and as a commercial movie, my rating is 1.5 to make the average to 2.5 stars.

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