MUMBAI: When it comes to a sports film in India, the
theme has to be 'against all odds' and 'the triumph
of the underdog'; people are always with the underdog.
But Ferrari Ki Sawaari lingers somewhere between
a children's film and a charade.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
Director: Rajesh Mapuskar.
Cast: Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritwik
Sahore, Deepak Shirke, Satyadeep Mishra, Seema
Aakash Dhabade, Nilesh Divekar, Vijay Nikam, Paresh
Rawal, Vidya Balan (Friendly appearance).
is about a young lad, Ritwik Sahore, who has the potential
to become the next superstar of cricket, his determined
father, Sharman Joshi, who is willing to invest his
last rupee to encourage his son, and the grandfather,
Boman Irani, who hates anything cricket. There is no
angle provided for a female actor in the story.
Joshi, as he proudly introduces himself, is the head
clerk at the RTO in Mumbai. He is so honest he finds
a cop to pay the fine when he has to break a signal
and nobody has seen him do it. He often helps the traffic
police clear traffic jams. His son, Ritwik Sahore, loves
cricket and also shows great potential to make it big
someday. Sharman spares no efforts to get what his son
needs in pursuit of cricket. That is, when he watches
his son checking a bat out at a sport shop and putting
it back after seeing its price tag, Sharman puts together
the money from all his hiding places, including breaking
the piggy bank. The bat cost Rs 2800 and he manages
to buy it but then comes an impossible demand. Ritwik
has been chosen for a coaching camp at Lords and the
fees amount to Rs 150,000.
Irani is no help as he has a past related to cricket
which is not very pleasant and, as such, he does not
let his son Sharman take up the game and also discourages
his grandson from it. Boman Irani, it turns out, was
a Mumbai Ranji level player along with Paresh Rawal.
Both had merits to make it in the Indian team but there
was place only for one of them. On the day of selection,
Rawal plays dirty and smashes Irani's specs. Unable
to spot a bouncer, Irani loses his sight in one eye.
Since then, he has been sulking, spending his days on
the sofa in front of a TV and munching peanuts. (Somehow,
he has managed to marry and produce a child in Sharman
in the meantime.)
when Sharman is mulling over the problem of raising
Rs 150,000, in walks Seema Bhargava, an as- loud-as-they-come
Punjabi wedding planner. One of her clients is a municipal
corporator who wants his son's baraat to ride in a Ferrari
instead of the traditional horse. The car he wants to
ride in is one piece in Mumbai and is owned by Sachin
Tendulkar. If Sharman manages to borrow Tendulkar's
Ferrari using Boman Irani's contacts, there is Rs 150,000
in it for him. Sharman reaches Tendulkar's apartment
and from behind the door he is handed the car keys.
It seems he has been mistaken for the car wash guy and
handed the key. Tendulkar has a number of cars but it
looks like Ferrari is the only he cares to wash!
drives the car away to make his Rs 150,000 but leaves
two very worried men behind, Tendulkar's domestic help,
Aakash Dabhade, and the building watchman, Deepak Shirke.
The duo has a few hours to trace the Ferrari before
its owner arrives from his trip. As the two go around
looking for the car on Shirke's moped they account for
some funny moments in the mishmash that follows.
Sharman Joshi has managed to make Boman Irani come to
terms with the fact that Ritwik is extremely gifted.
He bowls to Ritwik and sees his talent for himself.
He now joins the efforts to see his grandson through
to his Lords trip. The money is lost and then found
again, the corporator's son wants to get even with his
father for always showing him a gun, and so on: such
things carry on in an attempt to make Ferrari Ki Sawaari
funny with little success. Eventually, the film drags.
Ideally the duration should have been 90 to 100 minutes
instead of the 139-minute running time it now has.
Ki Sawaari is a one track story about a father and
son and the latter's ambition. Side tracks don't make
up for the sagging script. There is no female lead in
the film; Sharman is a widower tending to his son as
well as father. There is no scope for romance or music
that may stay with a viewer. Direction is not up the
mark with too many loose ends; one can't make things
brighter by lighting up an entire Parsi colony for Christmas
if the spark is missing in the content.
is shoddy. Sharman Joshi comes up with a sincere performance
though his role offers little variations. Boman Irani,
made up to look a frustrated loser, is his usual self
but without any funny lines. Ritwik Sahore is the best
of the lot, natural all through. Satyadeep Mishra as
the coach is good. Seema Bhargava as the loud Punjabi
is rank bad. Aakash Dabhade and Deepak Shirke are very
good. Vijay Nikam and Nilesh Divekar are good but with
sectional appeal as they play typical rogue family.
Paresh Rawal in a cameo is okay. Vidya Balan's item
number lacks in both, visual as well as audio appeal.
Ki Sawaari is a funny film that fails to entertain;
it is neither a fully children's film nor family fare.
It faces a tough time at the box office.