Movie Review:Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!(Dibakar Banerjee)

by Srikanth Mantravadi

I submit to you a belated review of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye.Time is an important element when it comes to a review and one may even venture to say-Review Delayed is Review Denied.Considering my lethargic attributes one must bear with me and my sporadic attempts at movie reviews!

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye is a sketchy autobiographical tale of Lucky a superchor who is as slippery as an oily eel(That was a bad simile I know but an eel came to my mind when I thought of the word slippery).The story takes off in the congested bylanes of Dilli where our young Lucky resides with his papaji(Paresh Rawal Act I) who lives with his mistress.The childhood of Lucky is shot earnestly with a lot of warmth by the director.The brazen nonchalance of Lucky is etched well and comes to the fore in the way he speaks with his father and his spiteful mistress.What makes it all the more charming is the raw innocence of Lucky.Also brought out well are Lucky’s attempts at wooing a girl.To impress his girlfriend he even presents her a greeting card bought from her shop.The only problem is it is a Get Well Soon Card!!!

Soon Lucky transforms into Abhay Deol who takes umbrage under the shady Gogi Bhai(Paresh Rawal Act II) who peddles the wares Lucky steals.The wares range from a Merc to a photoframe.Lucky even steals a doggy! Time passes and Lucky feels he’s getting a raw deal with Gogi bhai.So he starts dealing with a different guy.In between adult Lucky tries his hand at romance with Neetu Chandra with a similar chutzpah.He is forthright and to the point and chases her with a single minded pursuit.She finally falls for him and so do we!

One day Lucky is caught but goddess luck shines on him and he makes his escape with such impunity you will be incredulous.He moves to a new city but is still at his old job-Stealing.Enroute he meets with Paresh Rawal(Act III) who is now a veterinarian by profession but a tyrant at heart.Lucky provides the money for Paresh Rawal so that he can start his own restaurant.Rawal backstabs but Lucky doesn’t resort to violence.In fact never does once Lucky feel bad-even when he is caught.

It is the rustic humour that emanates generously from the heists of Lucky that bind the film together.But beneath the chuckles lies the serious malaise that is indicative of  Lucky’s thieving tendencies.Like every aspiring fellow in the world he too has a dream that of living a life king size.Khulke.His disturbed childhood is fleshed out well.The director also establishes the innocence of Lucky so very nicely that one is instantly in love with him even overlooking the fact that he is a thief.But the fact that Lucky is good human at heart makes him the lovable character.Paresh Rawal leaves an indelible stamp in the film through his various potrayals.It is indeed a masterstroke by the director to let Rawal play all three characters that influnce Lucky the most and who at crucial junctures turn their back on Lucky.The emotional undercurrent weaved into the film’s narrative would appeal to the thinking man while the eccentric escapades of Lucky will have the others clutching at their sides.

Sneha Kanwalkar’s soundtrack is mint fresh considering the assembly line bhangra tracks that are churned out by the minute and are not in the least this rumbunctious.The authentic punjabi flavour that is created in the film traces its roots to the ebullient sounds that Sneha incorporates.

Overall Dibakar Banerjee’s sophomore effort is a kick ass movie that deserves to be watched not only for its comedy but also for its coming of age bravura performances.Remember Abhay Deol delivered the hugely succesful Dev D after this movie.

Rating-Four Cheers!!!!