By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service
"Khosla Ka Ghosla"; Starring: Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Parveen Dabas,
Tara Sharma, Ranveer Shorey; Director: Dibakar Banerjee; Rating:
"Khosla Ka Ghosla" tells you that sometimes you need to lose the
plot to gain it.
When Kamal Kishore Khurana (Anupam Kher) loses his precious plot of
land in Delhi's rapidly degenerating concrete jungle, he gains a son
who was about to leave for greener pastures (US).
Lucky Khosla! But we, the viewers, are even luckier. In Khurana's
loss and gain, there lurks a hugely rewarding morality tale for us.
If "Lage Raho Munnabhai" goes Gandhian with a vengeance (no pun
intended), "Khosla Ka Ghosla" tells us, through delicious tongue-in-
cheek satire, that it's okay to use unfair means to get what's
"Khosla Ka Ghosla" is a very rare, tender and life-giving plant that
needs careful nurturing for it to yield its optimum fruits. The film is
straightforward in its depiction of the working-class stress (done
earlier in works as varied as Mahesh Bhatt's "Saaransh" and Raj Kumar
It is done so simply that you tend to miss the immeasurable amounts
of unassuming talent that underline almost every scene of this
Jaideep Sahni's writing talent is put to exceptional use. The
narrative captures the muddle and poignancy, irony and humour of
Delhi's middleclass through a storytelling device where less is always
more. A delectable understatement underlines almost every character's
propulsion in this film about how to lose the plot to gain a much
The real estate isn't the real asset of this robustly populated
mellow-drama. The human values that one discovers in Khosla's journey
from loss to redemption make the film several notches above your run-
of-the-mill morality tale.
Debutant director Dibakar Banerjee fills the narrative with sharply
cut incidents and episodes of an ordinary family caught in an extra-
ordinary crisis. Apart from a few deliberately thrust thematic songs,
Banerjee economises on the drama to focus on the characters and their
Khosla's dismayed realisation that his dream-house, into which he
has invested his life's savings, is in the danger of being razed to the
ground even before construction, brings to the surface the disturbing
question of the fragmentation of the joint family.
Besides bringing father Kher and son Dabas together, this heart-
warming film also brings other characters together in unlikely ways.
The Muslim travel agent (Vinay Pathak) and the Khosla heir who prepares
to fly off to America come together to plot the defeat of the real-
estate shark (Boman Irani replicating to some extent his "Lage Raho..."
While the narrative preserves the blithe spirit to bring out the
crises of the working-class, there are numerous moments that bring a
lump to your throat.
Admirably, the story of humanism and victory of the human spirit
gets progressively dramatic without losing plausibility. Scenes where a
drama group led by a frazzled Navin Nishchol help Khosla regain his
plot are done in an endearingly dare-devilish spirit.
After "Lage Raho..." this is the second film in a month to make us
feel so positive about the pitfalls of urban existence. The credit must
go above all to the writer and the actors for infusing an effortless
candour into the working-class satire.
Every performer, from Anupam and Boman to Parveen and Tara Sharma,
blends into the film's mottled fabric. Watch Tara give spunk, substance
and sensitivity to the potentially trite girlfriend's role.
But for Anupam, this film is a special triumph. He puts an extra
amount of heart into Khosla's character making him more real than
almost anything the actor has done lately.
On the journey to Khosla's happy ending, we encounter characters who
seem like our next door neighbours - Khosla's Sardar friend, the
cunning tout who cheats Khosla, the stage actress who smokes her way
through the plot to hoodwink Boman. Every character seems like someone
you've met in that long and cumbersome journey called life.
Thank God for stopovers like "Khosla Ka Ghosla".
Bollywood.com Rating: 3
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