Gali Gali Chor Hai
Director: Rumi Jaffery
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Rajpal Yadav
Stars: ** 1/2 (2 and a half)
After Anna Hazare and the many shenanigans that have been following him for several months now, a film talking about corruption sounded a little exhausting. I was worried that Gali Gali Chor Hai might just end up being a screaming, candle lighting, revenge taking kind of a film. Fortunately, it is none of that.
Gali Gali Chor Hai follows the story of a common man, Bharat (Akshaye Khanna). Bharat works at a bank in Bhopal, MP and playing Hanuman in the local Ramlila is his pet hobby. Bharat lives with his father (Satish Kaushik), wife (Shriya Saran) and a paying guest (Mugdha Ghodse) A local politician gets peeved with Bharat for not giving him a spare room in his house to set up his election office, and decides to get back at him. So he uses the help of the local cop station to harass Bharat in every way possible.
Poster of the film 'Gali Gali Chor Hai'
The film is refreshingly an earthy satire, where the protagonist is a totally believable common man, who doesn't turn into a superhero when pinned against the wall. Bharat is stuck in a helpless situation and everyone around him greedily tries to take advantage of him.
What seems like a silly case of a stolen table fan is blown out of proportion to make Bharat suffer. His absent-minded father only makes matters worse.
Set in the picturesque locations of Bhopal, the director somewhat manages to make it all look real, from Bharat's ancient home, his wife's attires, his run down motorbike and his own timid behaviour. But the script falters on many accounts. It seems difficult to digest that an educated man is dumb enough not to understand the ploy and goes on mindlessly with the game that is being played against him.
However, the film is funny in parts. And yes, there is the mandatory item number with Veena Malik in believe it or not, a choli that has electric bulb around her assets.
Akshaye Khanna gives a convincing performance as a common man stuck in an uncommon situation. Only if he had the access to, or chooses to do better films. Shriya Sharan looks pretty and Mugdha Ghodse looks and behaves like she belongs to some other film. Satish Kaushik is delightful.