Movies

Gali Gali… has a very thin, one sided story with no redeeming factors

MUMBAI: Corruption is the issue of the day in India. What better than to film a satire on the theme affecting just about everybody‘s life? With this notion in mind, the makers embark on a story about a middle-class family in Bhopal, trapped in the web of corruption made up of police, politicians, judiciary, thieves and professional witnesses.









Producer: Nitin Manmohan, Sangeeta Ahir, Prakash Chandani, Jitendra Jain, Vijay Jain.
Director: Rumy Jaffery.
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Mugdha Godse, Annu Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Akhilendra Mishra, Vijay Raaz, Shashi Ranjan, Rajat Rawail, Murli Sharma, Mushtaq Khan, Jagdeep, Kailash Kher.


Akshaye Khanna, symbolically named Bharat in the film, is a cashier at a local bank. His wife, Shriya Saran, is a school teacher; and his retired father, Satish Kaushik, is worldly wise with old values. The assembly elections are due and the two-time-winner politician, Murli Sharma, wants to use a room in Kaushik‘s house to set up his election office. Kaushik refuses and instead lets an independent candidate, Shashi Ranjan, who is an NRI from Singapore, set up his office there. The vindictive Murli Sharma wants the police to frame Khanna and beat him up.


However the policeman has a better, more effective suggestion - to tax the middle class bank employee financially. A knock on his doors at midnight by constable, Annu Kapoor, is the beginning of a quagmire that Khanna lands in; rounds of police station and the local court become his routine. He is milked for every rupee in his wallet while also keeping him off his job on leave without pay.


On its own merit, the script is just enough for a school/college skit of, say, 30 minutes; but then, there are side tracks too where our hero is still a loser. His beyond the beautiful forever‘s‘ niece from Mumbai, a scantily dressed, forward girl, is a paying guest in his house. Her proximity and situations with Khanna make his wife suspicious, leading to her walking out on him. The other side track is that of Ramleela, about which Akshaye is passionate. He aspires to play Lord Ram but is stuck playing Hanuman since the role of Ram has been usurped by the politician‘s younger brother, Amit Mistry. In this common man vs. the system, the common man is tormented and tortured all the way with no saviour in sight. Only in the end does the man in him erupt and he slaps the system. But then a loser all the way is hardly a movie lover‘s idea of hero.


The problem with Gali Gali Chor Hai is that it has a very thin, one sided story with no redeeming factors. Every time there is a joke or laughter, it is at the cost of the hero! The supporting cast is filled with talented character artistes and that is about all the distraction that the film offers. Direction is average, dialogue is good at places. Music is of little help. Performance wise, Akshaye Khanna is apt as a simple, middle-class man in quandary. Satish Kaushik is very good and so is Annu Kapoor. Vijay Raaz, Akhilendra Mishra and Murli Sharma are adequate in support.


Commercially, Gali Gali Chor Hai is a nonstarter.


 
Love You To Death is too elite of elite in its theme










Producer: Chiman Savla.
Director: Rafeeq Ellias.
Cast: Chandan Roy Sanyal, Yuki Ellias, Suhasini Mulay, Kallol Banerjee, Nicholas Brown, Sheeba Chadha, Sohrab Ardeshir, Chetan Sashital, Sagar Salunke, Uday Chandra.


The title Love You to Death translates into ‘Rather See You Dead‘. It is one of those out-of-sorts stories which could have made for interesting reading but, as a film, is over the top. It is too elite of elite in its theme.


Yuki Ellias is a rich woman married to the greedy and ambitious Chandan Roy Sanyal. He runs a security outfit but nurses dreams of setting up an arms factory in collaboration with an Israeli-Russian. Chandan Roy Sanyal is driven by his mother, Suhasini Muley, who wants him to have a child so that his hold over his rich wife becomes stronger. But despite detailed and orchestrated therapy by a sex expert, Chandan‘s failure lies in his trousers.


For the mother-and-son duo, the only value of Yuki Ellias starts and ends on the breakfast table every morning, with the routine of her signing all the cheques required. While her husband wants to use her crores and a plot of land she owns somewhere to start his arms factory, she herself is more inclined towards financing her new friend, Nicholas Brown, who wants to set up solar power plants in every village as a non-profit enterprise.


That is the message of the film: arms vs. nature. Yuki Ellias finds solace in her tarot card reader, Sheeba Chadha who, while telling her what she would want to hear, is cavorting with her father in law, Kallol Banerjee, who also happens to be a victim of Suhasini Muley‘s dominating ways. In this event, murder becomes a central theme: Kallol Banerjee wants to kill his wife, Suhasini Muley. She in turn wants her son to plot her daughter in law‘s death. After some funny moments and many failed funny moments, natural justice prevails: crime does not pay; the criminal does, with his life.


Documentary filmmaker Rafeeq Ellias makes his debut as a feature filmmaker with Love You To Death, a subject that is tough to identify with for a regular entertainment seeker. This coupled with his choice of unknown faces in the cast add to the film‘s biggest drawback: the choice of lead actor, Yuki Ellias. She possesses neither the looks nor talent to gain sympathy for her character. Except Suhasini Muley there is no star value in the offing. Of the others, Sheeba Chadha and Sagar Salunke do well.


In a late realisation to minimise loss, Love You To Death has been released only on digital format all over; but that is like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted; releasing the film at all only adds to the Rs 25 million sacrificed making it.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/20/coffie-with-d%20%281%29.jpg?itok=jKgzDLTC
Coffee With D....Funny man fails to garner TRPs!

Making films on fugitives and terrorists from across the border has been attempted a few times but such films have never been able to convince the moviegoer because this is some fiction that seems totally implausible.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/19/newton%20%281%29.jpg?itok=0uLaSCf2
Rajkummar Rao's Newton to make world premiere at Berlin Festival

The New Year is beginning on a high note for Drishyam Films, the makers of much loved films such as Masaan, Dhanak and Waiting. Their latest film Amit V Masurkar’s Newton is all set to make its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious film...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/19/Rudrarup%20Datta-800x800.jpg?itok=cCB1M-48
xXx India blitz cost Viacom 18 over Rs 10 crore

MUMBAI: Have you wondered if a Hollywood movie could have its maiden release in India? It's rare and exceptional. What it takes to be that big? Is it a large-scale promotion or a marketing stunt? It's a not a stunt but the right marketing strategy that can make a film as big as a grand award...

Movies Hollywood
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/18/raees.jpg?itok=Zn11iydU
Bleeding Pak theatres may become 'Raees' again

MUMBAI: Four months after Pakistan stopped screening Hindi films in its cinemas responding to Bollywood's unofficial ban on Pakistani artistes following the Uri attack, Pakistan is again attempting to allow screening as theatre-owners are bleeding financially.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/16/dangal.jpg?itok=SVTwJuie
Weak films fall by Dangal-side

The exhibition sector felt some relief with a blockbuster in Dangal after a long gap to help them sustain the cinemas, the vacuum faces them again as the two new movies, OK Jaanu and Haraamkhor, failed to bring in even the initial audience or, for that matter, even the compulsive first day or first...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/14/OK-Jaanu.jpg?itok=77K9Fqst
OK Jaanu: ...Live-in romance replayed!

OK Jaanu is a contemporary love story which eventually settles about halfway between modern-day relationships traditions while conveying the eternal belief that love always triumphs. These kinds of films are made now and again but a love story is a love story and usually has its own appeal if...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/13/xxx-800x800.jpg?itok=ktebzkWf
Viacom18 starts NY with 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' premiere

Starting the year on a promising note Viacom18 is proud to present xXx: Return of Xander Cage to the audience in India. After wowing viewers in Mexico and London as part of the global domination tour, megastar Vin Diesel visited India for the premiere along with his co-star, Bollywood beauty...

Movies Hollywood
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/12/Sunil-lulla-800x800.jpg?itok=6Xn_dYi6
'17-18: Eros Media to produce 50 films in multiple languages

MUMBAI: Eros International Plc, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, has announced that its majority-owned subsidiary, Eros International Media Limited, released its film production lineup for 2017-18.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/12/Force-2.jpg?itok=3Vgc5reZ
'Force 2' piracy: Viacom18 registers FIR; KSS blames it on a theatre

MUMBAI: The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell, BKC, Mumbai, has registered an FIR against K Sera Sera Digital Cinema Ltd (K Sera Sera) upon a complaint filed by Viacom18 in relation to online piracy of its film ‘Force-2’.

Movies Hindi

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories