The day after a series of slapstick masala comedies featuring three jokers in varied situations (read: Priyadarshan), Bollwood can sigh a relief for here’s a script that is original, real and will have you thoroughly entertained. Hats off to director Habib Faizal. The year 2010 has seen the return of the biggest winner in Films, which is script with young and first time directors coming up with movies like Well Done Abba, Athithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, Peepli Live, Tere Bin Laden and now Do Dooni Chaar.
Walt Disney production’s very first full feature Hindi film, Do Dooni Char, retains its audience of being a comic family entertainer with moral values and life lessons subtly brushed in. Mr. Duggal (Rishi Kapoor) is your school teacher caught in the dilemma faced by every common man - middle-class aspirations versus single digit salary increments and sky-rocketing prices. A dream car at the cost of his morals or spending the rest of his life on a phat-phatti two-wheeler? Will Professor Duggal finally succumb to temptation?
This quirky comedy will have you reminisce about your beloved pedagogues who slave away at black boards to teach young shining India. Watch out for the scene where the Dada Popli tells Duggal, that he makes Jalebis for the whole of Delhi which can have margin for error, but the teacher Duggal makes human beings by teaching them and does not have the scope for any marginal error. It brought tears to my eyes!
The Duggal family comes off as very warm and amusing. The podgy sweater- donning Mr. Duggal, who teaches his students to keep off junk food, stuffs himself with roadside keema parathas. His wife (Neetu) is the housewife who wants the good life but puts the family’s needs above hers and in a very touching scene readily gives up her bangles. You will relate to at least someone you know who throws tantrums like his crabby daughter. His son is another story altogether. From girlfriends to gambling to evading a sting operation his teenage misgivings and IPL one-liners are hilarious!
The family aspires for the new Indian lifestyle and somehow arranges for a loaned car to take to a wedding. When it becomes an izzat ka sawaal with the neighbors, the vexed Mr. Duggal swears to own a car in 15 days and resorts to a side-splitting series of desperate measures ranging from second hand vehicles, arranging down payments, loan sharks, BPO jobs, lucky dips, and money for mark-sheets.
The film is thoroughly researched. The dialogues have a refreshingly desi twang and the Delhi lingo has one bemused. Audiences will very easily relate to this very real middle class household where the fridge door has to be constantly banged shut and the rest of the décor is in perfect sync with their lives which are a daily struggle.
After thirty years, the glorious couple has returned to the silver screen with a bang! You can’t doubt the chemistry between Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor but wish that the director gave Neetu a more prominent role as she’s a wallflower in some scenes compared to Rishi’s pivotal role. Even then, you’ll find your eyes glued to the screen. Akhilendra Mishra is good in his role as the neighbor Farooqi. A must-watch to revere our teaching community and for the return of the Neetu-Rishi jodi.