Monday, April 5, 2010
"Well Done Abba"- the title plays on the word "well" (baudi- as Boman Irani puts in his Biryani flavored Hyederabadi Hindi). the story revolves around how Imran Ali(Boman Irani)'s well goes missing and the whole attempt to this well back.
The actors are introduced on screen through the characters. They seem to emerge from pages of a notebook, Shyam Benegal's notebook. Boman Irani plays Abba, and also the twin brother Rehman Ali. Ila Arun plays Rehman Ali's wife, Salma. Although the couple doesn't have a major role in the main intrigue, one cannot ignore them completely n Boman Irani in double role is definitely a double bonanza!!! Minisha Lamba has been convincingly made to look a teenager. Sammir Dattani scores high on the cuteness scale and does his job pretty "well". Both Lamba (Muskan) n Dattani (Aarif) represent the educated gen-next who can bring about a change in the "system".
One cannot but help comparing the movie with Welcome to Sajjanpur, the previous masterpiece by Shyam Benegal. Shantanu Moitra's music does complete justice to the subject (right from the first notes of the first song, literally) but I still found myself humming Sajjanpur numbers after the movie. Both the movies deal with the problems at the grass-root level with subtle humor but the former takes away half a star more.
A must watch... for smile on your face and hope in your heart!