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I am quite appalled at the critic's response to OLLO in India. The film
has been given at best a rating of average to a complete dud. I can
only imagine that the reason behind this response is the fact that
there is no 'out and out' superstar in the film and hence the critics
do not have to show any loyalty to the 'you can't do wrong' Khans,
Kapoors or Kumars of Bollywood.
I must admit I went to watch OLLO with quite low expectations given the lack of critical acclaim the film had received, despite the fact the film was directed by the very competent Dibakar Banerjee of 'Khosla ka Gholsa' fame and had an interesting ensemble cast. I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised that the film definitely met my expectations and it proves that you can't trust the film critics in India who practically live in the pockets of certain Bollywood stars.
The problem in India now is that you have parallel cinema with your mainstream run of the mill films for the masses and artistic films for the more sophisticated pallet. Therefore the tendency for critics is now to first categorise the film in to either one of these categories and then review it on that basis. For me OLLO doesn't fall in to either one of these categories it is just a simple tale told in a competent way much like 'Khosla ka Ghosla'. OLLO captures the atmosphere of Delhi perfectly and the adolescent years of the main character Lucky are amazing. From thereon in OLLO becomes a simple tale of a thief who steals out of force of habit that is the storyline in a nutshell.
How the main characters interact with each other helps develop the story further and the storyline follows a natural progression of events (with some mirch masala) towards its climax. As for the performances Abhay Deol is a natural. By far he stands head and shoulders above the rest of the star cast despite the fact that Paresh Rawal is given three clear opportunities to steal his thunder. Whilst I must admit that Abhay Deol is not blessed with typical Bollywood star looks and his screen presence isn't up there with the best of them (in saying that Shah Rukh Khan looks like a caricature with his big nose and lips) , but his honest portrayal of the characters he plays is always near perfect. The rest of the star cast is also very competent and compliment each other. Once again Dibakar Banerjee has proved that he can put together an amazingly entertaining film from a very simple storyline. He reminds me of the great Hrishikesh Mukerjee.
Finally, I would like to recommend that true cinema-goers firstly ignore the trained critics of India and follow their instincts OLLO is well and truly worth a watch.
Dibakar Banerjee, director of the cult film(if i may say so) Khosla ka
Ghosla, is back with another comedy. Unusually titled Oye Lucky! Lucky
Oye!, it is indeed quite different from the regular bollywood fare.
True, this film isn't as good as Khosla, but it definitely has a lot of things going for it. This film is a splash of colour, and is set in Delhi, just like its predecessor. Dibakar once again succeeds in capturing the essence of this decadent city, and the old-world charm it carries.
The film has its special moments, like the scene where lucky meets the card-seller girl. The innocence and the humanism is not lost, and one can almost feel oneself in the midst of the action.
Paresh Rawal plays three characters, analogous to Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove, and does a fine job. Although his character of Dr. Handa was a little too absolute-evil types, the others showed shades of gray, and were executed well by Rawal.
The dialogue is witty and funny, and resembles elements of the same in Pulp Fiction, one is inclined to think.
The film does lose its way in the second half (the entire vacation episode), the story becomes a bit of a drag, and the ending carries no surprises, but as a whole, the film does well to keep its spectators glued to the screen.
However, i must say, that most of the shortcomings of the film come to light only when it is compared to global standards. If one is talking about bollywood, and the trash it churns out regularly( Dostana, Yuvvraaj), then this film is truly light years ahead in every possible department.
Its a sad truth in Bollywood, that talent dies a poor man. The ones with absolute power in the industry (Amitabh Bacchan, SRK, KJo) are mortified of experimentation, of serving up anything that hasn't been dumbed down to the average IQ of an American, to the Indian audiences.I yearn for the day when independent and original thought is given credence and respect in Bollywood. Agreed, that this film isn't stuff of legend, but its a start, and a symbol of defiance. And that is why it should be given even more credit than it deserves.
Stylish, Witty, and Entertaining, this film is a must watch for all the people out there who have been suffering brain damage at the hands of Karan Johar, RGV, Yash Chopra and co. I give it an 8/10, mostly due to the brilliant first half of the movie. On the whole,well done Dibakar moshai!
I read ab't Dibakar Banerjee saying "there is always an extra-ordinary
story in every ordinary life". So he has proved in this movie again. A
simple character, no big-star cast n no foreign-location type shooting.
Yet you will like it and like a music video you might end up even
watching it again. why ??? Because it will touch your heart by showing
you a mirror. By just showing you how cheap we actually are? How we
divide people on class, money, posh colony, car and cloths ??? This was
near perfectly depicted by Paresh Rawal.The ace in the movie is : 1.
dialogs 2. Abhay Deol's acting 3. Screen play (some scenes were really
Downside: 1 it lacked a flow after interval but here Abhay deol's acting picked it up.
comparing it to "Khosla ka ghosla" i'll say it's not that good but it held a larger dimension of human emotions. So for me it was equally heart touching. Go for it !!! Not to laugh on the thief but to laugh on this metro society !!!!
Simply one of the best characterization and caricature of Delhi-ites on
big screen. The only other contender comes to my mind is Khosla ka
Ghosla by the same director - that tells me the director is very
familiar with Delhi and its lingo, culture, Punjabi-Hariyani laced
Hindi! If you have ever lived in Delhi, you can relate to all the
characters. Period! And that in itself will make the movie a fun-watch.
Abhay Deol - I consider him the most capable of Deols. I am neither a big fan of the 'action hero' Sunny or Bobby (what's his genre btw?). But this Deol knows his strength and plays by that, and experiments with new characters each time. His acting makes up for all the muscles Sunny has or all lack of dancing skills of Sunny or lack of any skills of Bobby.
The young Lucky played by Manjot is an absolute delight. Paresh Rawal is adequate, somehow I feel a Boman Irani could have been a better fit. I missed Ranvir Shorey or a Deepak Dobriyal in the movie, these guys are so Delhi-ish that you can create a character for them in such a movie.
A word about music:... I think Dibakar Banerjee has a good ear for the Funjabi music. Like 'Chak de phatte' from KKG, this movie has few tracks, which are just fun Punjabi-Hiphop-Techno tracks! Sorry, I haven't checked the music credits yet, but the SuperChor is a cool gangsta-rap style track, while Jugni and Oye Lucky have nice raw Punjabi touch with some modern instrumentation. I would hate to call them Bhangraa, because they are a bit different. Although none of the songs are of 'Chak De Phatte' caliber, but are more than adequate.
Overall, a fun movie to watch - as long as you can follow the Delhi-sense-of-humor!
I still give it 8/10 because the script loses pace somewhat towards 3/4th of the movie. It should have been an out and out comedy like the way it started and ended.
Director Dibankar Banerjee comes up with another excellent movie with
Oye Lucky.. after Khosla. If Khosla was good this one is even better.
Abhay Deol has carved a niche for himself with films like Ek Chalis,
Manorama, and now this one. Brilliant script was supported by brilliant
acting. I am really happy that Bollywood has started making films the
Hollywood style. The still photographs used in the movie was something
new to Bollywood and it suited the script perfectly. Abhay Deol is
turning out to be a good actor and he now can be placed in the category
of his illustrious cousins. Manjot Singh and Manu Rishi made an
impressive debut as Young Lucky and Bangali respectively. The humor of
this movie was of utmost quality. a really good script supported by
some brilliant performances by the now legend Paresh Rawal, Abhay Deol
and others. A must watch for everyone.
The scenes that I enjoyed especially were of Young Lucky and his father.
Dibakar Banerjee's 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!' is one of my favourite Hindi
films of recent years. A dark satirical comedy revolving around a young
thief, it is amazingly enjoyable and fresh and can provide a
spectacular watch for the entire family. For all the smart-alecks,
Banerjee does not try to glorify theft or anything of this sort but
instead makes sure the viewer does not take it seriously and just
enjoys this energetic and engaging, though a somewhat slow paced film.
This is the comic, albeit a bit sad, story of a thief named Lucky which
follows his experiences while looking for different people to rob and
his subsequent attempts to quit the 'profession'.
'Lucky' is extremely Indian in its depiction, humour and heart. Banerjee skillfully captures the unique atmosphere of Delhi and its simple yet colourful lifestyle. The film is reminiscent of those classic comedies made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and his style. It is totally realistic, and is aided by an excellent script, brilliant and witty dialogues, hilarious situations and many uplifting moments. One must note that the first portions of the film, revolving around Lucky's adolescence, are superbly portrayed. The romantic story between Lucky and Sonal, the lovely girl he falls in love with, is also extremely alluring.
The film is not your run-of-the-mill masala comedy. The comedy lies in the writing and the script. It does not even have song numbers for the actors to lip-sync, and you can only hear one song playing over certain montage sequences from time to time. And which song? A famous Kishore Kumar number which was taken right from an old Hindi picture of the late 1970s (Mahesh Bhatt's Lahu Ke Do Rang, to be specific). This, along with other such aspects as the great cinematography, the editing and the settings, perfectly contributes to the film's nostalgic and simple feel which will certainly be identified with Banerjee's style of film-making in coming days.
With Lucky, Abhay Deol ultimately became my favourite actor of the current generation. He is outstanding from start to finish and injects charm and energy into his character, which make it interesting and memorable. Manjot Singh is also fantastic as the young Lucky. Neetu Chandra is also likable as his love interest. Paresh Rawal plays three different characters in the movie. As funny as it sounds, the three characters have absolutely no connection in the story, and Rawal plays every role excellently, though I liked the character of the doctor the most. Richa Chadda, Archana Puran Singh and Kalpana stand out in smaller comic parts.
What else can I say? Lucky is an intelligent and humorous movie. It is stylish in its own way, it is feel-good, romantic and effervescent, and for me, it is also addictive! I can watch it again and again and still be totally entertained. This is a film that really can make you feel good. Way to go, Mr. Banerjee and Mr. Deol.
I think this is one of the most entertaining movies come out of '
uninspiring ' repetitive crap very refreshing, down to earth, Witty and
above all shows some real 'people' not everyone's cup of tea.
Looks like the script writer and the director himself has done some groundwork in terms of characters and the persona they bring on the table.
why can't we get more of these kind of movies out of Mumbai. I think there is a refershing change on the way, otherwise watching 3 hour marathons.
Lucky's character seem to resonate with the big divide, where Well done to the entire team.
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If Khosla ka Glosla was good then this one is excellent.Direction of Dibakar is perfect and he really tried hard to cover the areas like Tilak Nagar, Defence Colony, Rajouri Garden, Rohini, etc. As a delhite I must say he covers the Delhi city in beautiful way. This story is a true story about a thief who steals vehicles. Movie has its comedy moments. Chemistry between Abhay and Neetu is good. All supporting cast including Paresh (in a triple role), Archnapuran, Manu, etc did a fantastic job. Lesson from the story is that 'Money is the boss' and its bigger than friendship, love, relations, etc. Neetu looks very sweet in the movie. But all credit of the movie goes to none other than Abhay Deol. I liked his few earlier flicks also like Socha na Tha and Ahista Ahista, but in this movie, he is best. Dibakar is a superb Director, he impress us again after his débutant venture (Khosla ka Ghosla). Music track is also good. Character uses the languages which delhite frequently use. Go for this, it's a must watch movie.
All I want to say is critic's bashed this movie and said this was a
average flick, but don't go by critics and just enjoy this movie which
is set up in a really nice pace.
It traces the story of "Lucky" a boy from who his teenage learns to become a master in stealing.Abhay does a damn good job as "Lucky" and kudos to "Paresh" who brings a new sense of freshness to every characters he plays. The voice modulation in each of the characters is great by paresh.The story is damn good right from the scripting to editing.Every character in this one are the kind of people we see in day to day life like "Lucky" who thinks or must say does what he likes doing best. If u want to watch a good movie without our so called stars, Just watch this flick.It will be etched in your mind for sometime. Must rate it 9/10 and kudos to the director for making such a movie which has a really fresh feel.I am more for this kind of stuff .Enjoy "LUCKY"...
First of all, i regret to have OLLO( Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!) downloaded
from the internet. I was anticipating for it's release for a long time,
and i feel sorry for not watching it at the theater. And Why am i
feeling sorry? For the fact that you cannot make me laugh at your jokes
like you do in Golmaal Returns, Malamaal Weekly, Phir Hera Pheri or the
sick Partner,for which i spent an over 1000 bucks, and miss OLLO at
theater which made me LMAO.
As a sensible movie-goer I always keep in mind whether the movie I am gonna watch is worth the money spending. And i bet you, OLLO wont let you down.
I was wondering why do certain intelligent movie-goers have to wait for the year end to have a movie like OLLO. Abhay Deol has again proved himself as a actor with a niche. As critics have put him, he's certainly a Deol with a Difference. And he carries off with the role superbly. Even his last comic role as a detective-to-be in Manorama Under Six Feet was very funny indeed with the dialogs constituting slang's of North India. However,many movie goers would rarely get the jokes in Mumbai, as I already have observed the same situation with the masterpiece Omkara, where people in the cinema hall were scoffing at dialogs.Having my roots around Delhi I enjoyed the characters portraying their roles with such perfection. The slang, the half cut (not censored) abuses, and not to mention the detailing that went into styling the characters given the backdrop of the movie.
Dibakar surely knows the Delhi Underbelly and we already can see with his two products viz KKG(Khosla Ka Ghosla) and OLLO, and he does it with panache which is true to its roots. As a Delhite, you can literally identify with the character as if you know him or you just feel like he's your next door neighbor. Now that is what i call sensible Cinema,and not like other slapstick silly jokes as observed in Golmaal Sequels or any other Malamaal Weekly. I mean if your script is that much sorts of a killer, you don't need to hire Akshay Kumar for deliverance. It comes out naturally.
And OLLO does it with a flair.
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