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Well Done Abba! (2009)

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A mild mannered chauffeur finds that the government in his parched village is giving loans to dig one's own well. After fudged photographs and bribes, he has no loan amount left to build his well. Aggrieved, he protests by abjuring water.


Shyam Benegal


Jayant Kripalani (screenplay), Sanjeev (based on a short story by) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boman Irani ... Armaan Ali / Rehman Ali
Minissha Lamba ... Muskan Ali
Sammir Dattani ... Arif Ali
Ila Arun ... Salma Ali
Ravi Kishan ... Vikas Jha - Sub engineer
Sonali Kulkarni ... Malti - Jha's wife
Rajit Kapoor ... Srikant Reddy - Police inspector (as Rajit Kapur)
Ravi Jhankal ... Rustam - Police constable
Yashpal Sharma ... Ramiyya - Police constable
Rajendra Gupta ... Irrigation Minister - Mantri Garu
Rahul Singh ... Rohan Kapoor
Salim Ghouse ... Janardhan Reddy
Satish Sharma ... Raghav Reddy - Photographer
Lalit Tiwari ... Meherban Ali - Arif's father
Anaitha Nair ... Sakina


This is the story of Armaan Ali, a driver working for a senior executive in Mumbai. He takes a month's leave to find a husband for his teenage daughter, who lives near Hyderabad. When he is delayed and returns to work after three months, his employer threatens to sack him. But he is persuaded to listen to the reason for Armaan Ali's delay. The story he relates is delightful, hilarious -- and poignant. Written by DDA PR

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This movie won the 2009 National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues. It is the remake of the 2007 Marathi film, Jau Tithe Khau. It was based on three short stories: Narsaiyyan Ki Bavdi by Jeelani Bano, Phulwa Ka Pul by Sanjeev and Still Waters by Jayant Kripalani. See more »


Sandesa Sandesa Hawa Mein
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal and Rupankar
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Well done Shyam Ji... !!!
14 August 2010 | by mujtabashareefSee all my reviews

Well Done Abba, saw this movie last night and it was good, the story which revolves around a well that was never dug is just awesome, it was handled very sincerely, The corruption that goes on in Indian Administration is very well depicted, from a Peon to the Collector how they exploit people is shown with sincerity and truth and this was a tongue in cheek comedy...

The issues taken up in the movie were true to life, like the marriage of a girl to a sheik and the corruption....

Boman Irani was just awesome, Minisha Lamba and her boyfriend was well suited and wonderful in their respective roles, Ila Arun in a small role was good... Ram Kishen as a Boob Frenzy Husband was good... The Confused Police Officer was wonderful...

But the Hyderabadi lingo wasn't so accurate as it should have been...

Story - 7/10...Actors- 10/10....Overall - 9/10

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26 March 2010 (India) See more »

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