"It took me 72 drafts and four years to come down to the final script," that's what filmmaker Rajesh Mapuskar had said with reference to his debut venture Ferrari Ki Sawaari. Now when one says that your expectations from a film naturally increases and to add to it you have the Vidhu Vinod Chopra banner tagged to the film to increase your expectations further more. So let's find out whether the film is worth or not.
Rustom Behram Deboo (Sharman Joshi) is a righteous head clerk in RTO, a dutiful son and a doting father who can go to any lengths to fulfill his son Kayoze Rustam Deboo's (Ritvik Sahore) dream of becoming a cricketer. When Kayo gets selected for a cricket camp in London, the biggest problem that arises in front of Rustam is his monetary constraint. Yet another detractor to that is his perennially grumpy father Behram Deboo (Boman Irani) who doesn't appreciate his grandson's inclination on cricket. Thus begins Rustam's Ferrari ride as he goes against all odds to ensure his son's entry into the camp.
Rajesh Mapuskar has been closely associated with all the recent celebrated works of Vidhu Vinod Chopra so it doesn't come as a surprise when we see the same emotional connect and simplicity in his work too. Within seconds the film grows on you and the detailing about the normalcy in the life of Rustam is so infectious and relatable that in no time you get transported into the authentic Parsi lifestyle.
The first half presents an endearing blend of myriad emotions. It will make you teary and within no time break you into a mirthful laughter. However, just when you come back post the interval expecting the film to soar higher it crushes all your expectations by getting down to bare cliches. The entire media gig, the melodrama and the predictability of the second half leaves you disappointed. Blame it on the tripe second half; the film also appears tad stretched.
What works most for this endearing sugary offering is the characterization. Mapuskar pays keen attention on creating is character very real. Each and every character stands out in the film and aides it enriching the movie viewing experience.
Sharman's part is essayed to near perfection. His character very carefully treads on the border of being naÃ¯ve and being simpleton and comes out successful. Never for once he loses his grip on his character and has an endearing smile on his face forever. And while Sharman does his part laudably, Boman too matches shoulder and fits the bill to the T. It's really amazing to see Boman play each part over the years, which have all been different from the other, so perfectly! Newbie kiddo Ritvik deserves a glorious mention too as never for once does he comes across as novice.
The rest of the cast including the characters like Babbu jiji (Seema Bhargava), Shambhu (Deepak Shirke) and Sachin's servant (Nilesh Diwekar) do an outstanding job in provided the much needed laughter in the film. Vidya Balan's item number blends well with the plot and doesn't come across as a gimmick.
Over all, Ferrari Ki Sawaari is a great joy ride if you avoided the minor glitches. A definitely one time watch.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(3 / 5) : Good