Movie: Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami
Starcast: Anupam Kher, Neha Dhupia, Divyendu Sharma, Manu Rishi, Aditi Sharma and Rajesh Sharma.
Director: Ravindra Gautam
Claps for: Anupam Kher's acting.
Slaps for: The humour doesn't stay smooth throughout the film. Overdose of Melodrama.
Popcorn refill: During some boring scenes.
Story: Anupam Kher is a jamadaar at the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Out and out an honest man, his 2 sons are not happy with what he's done for them in his meagre income. Add to it his "Gyaan" on leading an honest life and you get 2 really frustrated sons, i.e. Divyendu Sharma and Manu Rishi.
The Father is pretty depressed with his 2 worthless sons, one of whom works as a corrupt municipal corporation employee and the other works for the corrupt Chief Minister of the state. Fights between the father and sons is a daily affair and matters just keep getting worse.
All hell breaks loose when Anupam Kher loses his job and the tag of honesty on his last day of work. Always devoid of an honour, a Honesty Certificate was his last hope and devoid of that he asks his son for "Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami" as his dying wish. Whether his sons can manage the impossible or not makes up the 2nd half of the movie.
The movie tries to talk of corruption but in a very illogical way. I did not understand how the result of the sons trials solve any corruption issues or give out a message.
Performances: Anupam Kher, as usual was excellent in his role as the honest father depressed with his 2 worthless sons. In fact he might well be the best thing in the movie itself. Manu Rishi and Divyendu were decent in their roles each brother complimenting the other. On one hand Manu Rishi is a man of few words Divyendu, the younger brother is a loud mouth.
Aditi Sharma tries to do well in most parts of the film with her sweet and cute look. That's about it. Neha Dhupia was another great addition to the cast but her screen time could have been much higher as compared to what it really was. Rajesh Sharma did his usual best in a role custom made for him and is a perk to watch on the screen.
Direction: Ravindra Gautam had indeed some good intentions in mind while making this flick. The movie is indeed thought provoking. However, his amateur work speaks for itself. The execution is weak if not poor. However, the use of satire is well done in some parts and makes up for some parts of the weak execution.
Combo on offer: This film offers you the following combo-
Clap-worthy Anupam Kher + A Thought provoking story
Final verdict: We give this film Claps! The movie could definitely have been executed in a much better way but it's definitely not bad as a one time watch.
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