June 16, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is entertaining, moving right, but it falls short of being a perfect and a great film. Wish the film ended half an hour before or at least the director could have curtailed the wedding episode giving it a crisp look but overall it's quite an effort to make a story on three people from a Parsi family, in fact you can see mostly men on the screen and the wedding planner is the lone female who is huge and dominates the characters albeit for a brief while.
A father hides his middle class family problems behind a smiling face and struggles to send his son to London for a training camp in cricket. We have seen if not umpteen, quite a few films on a father, a widower working towards fulfilling every need of his child, here debutant director Rajesh Mapuskar adds a fourth character, a Ferrari to give the story a complete look. A young 12 year old, greatly talented in cricket is given a well-mannered, sensitive and a simple upbringing.
His father sees that he is given the right values in life, so much that he breaks the traffic rules by mistake and goes up to the police to pay the fine even when he isn't asked. When the constable asks him why he is taking the pain to pay when none have noticed he remarks that he's been noticed by his son and if he doesn't respect the rule, there is every possibility that he will follow his father.
There is a grandfather played by Boman Irani once a Ranji player now obese, unkempt and spends all his time on an arm chair eating and watching TV. His life is so sedentary that he will not turn his face and uses a hand mirror to see what's happening behind his back. Sharman Joshi's smile is so wide and clear that you fail to notice the tears in his eyes, you do not know sometimes if he is happy or sad yet the director is successful in conveying simple emotions and establishes a perfect chemistry between the trio.
The problem begins when a coach from London visits the school, notices young Ritwik's work with the willow and says, "You could be bowling to Shane Warne or Sachin Tendulkar at the Mecca of Cricket." The immediate task is to raise a few lakhs for the training camp and Sharman Joshi fails to secure a loan. A wedding planner who is in a soup for promising a party that she will arrange a Ferrari for the baarat is behind Sharman to help him for which she will arrange the money for his son.
Now very few people in Mumbai have a Ferrari and all eyes are on Sachin Tendulkar's Gaadi. The rest of the film is how Sharman's problems mount when he steals Sachin's Ferrari. Will he be able to send his son to London and is it the end of the problem or are there more? There are a few moments in the film that you will identify as a parent and as a common man but again realism goes for a toss when in the second part, the kid goes on a fantasy drive in the Ferrari that doesn't gel with the story at all.
At this point even if he had ended the film, now that the money from the Ferrari has been recovered it would have made sense, but the drama stretches by another half an hour. The narrative in between becomes slow and tiring, some scenes become predictable and some difficult to believe. There is an explanation given that Sharman has a great IQ and knows everything about cars, but wonder how a head clerk who drives a scooter in a first attempt drives a Ferrari with finesse and comfort.
Vidya Balan's item number is rightly timed and Paresh Rawal's interaction with Boman Irani and the outcome gets obvious. The only entertainment comes in the form of Seema Pahawa, the wedding planner who barges into a gents toilet and is comfortably and nonchalantly talking business with Joshi. Cinematography is good, dialogues are strictly average and the film like we mentioned above is just okay.