It’s been quite a while since I have been able to watch an entire Bollywood movie with my youngsters without flinching or driving them out of the room. Needless to say, I totally enjoyed this flick.
The premise of Ferrari Ki Sawari is quite interesting. It is about the struggle of an honest, middle-class father (Rusy) who desperately wants to get his super talented son (Kayo) into a cricket training camp at Lords in London. Rusy needs Rs. 1.5 lakhs for the purpose. How he arranges for the money, what problems he faces and the strange (read “filmi”) twists and turns that the entire pursuit takes is what the movie is about. The story starts out on a very realistic and easy to relate to note. But soon it slips into fantasy land as Rusy gets involved in stealing (or is it borrowing?) Sachin Tendulkar’s red Ferrari. It so happens that a politician’s son wants to have his wedding “baarat” in a Ferrari, and Rusy is promised Rs. 1.5 lakh to produce that car.
The best part about the movie is the excellent performances. Sharman Joshi as Rusy fits the bill perfectly. His understated display of emotions, whether happy or sad, touches your heart. Ritvik Sahore has done a wonderful job as Kayoze, the young cricket whiz kid. Boman Irani as Behram, the quintessential Parsi grandfather is a complete natural in the role. The three of them are very convincing as a family. Others in supporting roles have done well.
The film’s music isn’t something to make a specific note about, except for Vidya Balan’s item number called ‘Mala Jau De’. She dances well and the choreography is done tastefully. That’s refreshing considering that many “item” numbers these days lurk in the un-watchable territory. Screenplay is decent, although some comedy scenes feel like they have been extended to fill up the movie.
So what is the verdict on Ferrari Ki Sawari? A squeaky clean movie with superb performances makes for a nice one time watch!