Starring – Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritwok Sahore
Director – Rajesh Mapuskar
Producer – Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Banner – Vidhu Vinod Chopra Productions
Music – Pritam Chakraborthy
Genre – Drama
Rating – ***
By Prerrna Seth / Kreative Access Media
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Ferrari Ki Sawari’ is packed with stellar performances, poignant scenes and inspiring dialogues, but there is something that it lacks, a gripping script. Now that can certainly be completely overlooked as there is more than one thing that this ride celebrates, be it the game of cricket or a father-son relationship. It makes you smile, laugh and even cry. And believe it or not there are very few films that manage to achieve this feat.
The film begins with a feel good factor. Rustom Deboo aka Rusy (Sharman Joshi) breaks the traffic signal and insists on paying the fine to the traffic police officer. Reason, no one else but his son has seen him breaking the signal and ‘Jo Dekhega wohi seekhega na’ (He will learn what he sees). His son Kayo (Ritwik Sahore) is India’s next potential Sachin Tendulkar and Rusy is leaving no stones unturned to train him well, even if he has to break his dead wife’s Piggy Bank or pleading bank officials for a loan against his Employee Provident Fund. And one of his endeavors makes him steal Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari for a few hours. What happens next is best to watch by yourself in theatres.
Though inevitable, comparing ‘Ferrari Ki Sawari’ with ‘3 Idiots’ or the ‘Munnabhai’ series will be absolutely unfair just because they are churned out by the same banner. Director Rajesh Mapuskar does manage to tell a heart-warming tale despite a few loopholes. Sharman Joshi is one of the bests we have and no one could have pulled off a caring father better than how he does in the film. Boman Irani plays the bickering Parsi grandpa with ease. Ritwik too was a treat to watch. Another interesting watch was the Bindaas Seema Pahwa as a thorough business woman. Satyadeep Mishra who plays Kayo’s coach performs most amazingly. Paresh Rawal is a surprise.
Music is below average though the opening song ‘Life mosambi’ does bring a smile on your face. Vidya Balan’s ‘Mala Zau De’ fits in perfectly and though the lady does not stun, she manages to entertain. The Ferrari ki Sawari fantasy title song was not required and could have been kept for the end credits. Cinematography was good while the screenplay had its own peaks and falls.
Though the gripe of the film being a little stretched remains, it should not be missed because of the dreams it encourages you to see and of course, the magnificent performances by the lead stars.