Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Watching Rishi and Neetu Kapoor on screen is truly such a pleasure. The couple have lost none of the effervescence they had a couple of decades ago – the chemistry still sparkles, as do their eyes and you are hooked.
They are the Duggals in director Habib Faisal’s “Do Dooni Chaar”, a gentle comedy about a middle-class high school teacher who wants to buy a car for his family, but finds that he can’t afford to on his very meagre teacher’s salary.
It does not help that he has two very brattish kids (Archit Krishna and Aditi Vasudev) who are constantly demanding iPods, indulge in illegal betting and refuse to sit with him on his worn down but trusty Bajaj scooter because it makes them look bad.
When his younger sister demands that he and his family come to her house for a family wedding in nothing less than a car, Santosh Duggal has to beg a neighbour to lend him his car, because he can’t even afford to hire one. But when that car meets with a slight accident and he has to face the brunt of his neighbour’s ire, he decides it is time he got his own car, even though he cannot afford to.
When you make a movie with two accomplished actors like Tabu and Sharman Joshi, the least you can do is make the best use of their talent. As you can guess, director Kedar Shinde doesn’t manage to do that all with “Toh Baat Pakki”.
Instead he puts together a dated, lame film that pretends to be a family comedy. This film doesn’t even have much you can talk about, so I will get right to the story.