Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Movie Review
Smart story telling in Khosla Ka Ghosla and a National Award are reasons enough to hike expectations from Dibakar Banerjee and his second movie Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (OLLO), which just released. To say he lives up to all those expectations would be too high a statement, but OLLO definitely establishes that KKG was no fluke. Dibakar knows how to tell a story – rather make an ordinary story into something special. That’s what he does with OLLO.
The story of OLLO is about a smart thief Lucky (Abhay Deol). Lucky has a simple outlook to life – if you don’t have it, get it by any which means; even if that means stealing! Soon he gains enough importance to be on prime time news. But as he gets bigger, he rubs the biggie in his world – Gogi Bhai (Paresh rawal) – the wrong way. And he also falls in love with a student Sonal (Neetu Chandra) who falls for him too despite knowing he is a thief. The honesty is displayed really well.
What is impressive about the story is that while many other films would keep to telling the story of a thief, here the director delves into the childhood of this boy. This way he explains the psychology of the boy who always wanted more than his father could afford. And he started robbing. A childhood love story is well crafted too. The whole cycle was included to show that this lad cared a lot about being loved. And that is what makes him want to change too when he meets Sonal. But his efforts at helping others by trusting them always leave him feeling stabbed in the back.
The screenplay of the film without a doubt stands out. The dialogues are subtle but have an impact. The inclusion of minute details in the script, like things he stole, makes the movie more fun to watch. For example he even steals three dogs and teddies! And the way he stole them are funny too. Scenes where Lucky interacts with people he robs, after he is arrested, are fantastic. And with so much the film still manages to stay shorter than most other recent movies.
Technically, the film looks nice with good cinematography. And it has been edited really well. The music surely strikes a chord during the movie although it is no great shake otherwise. The director also makes good use of the 70s’ song Thoda Pyaar Chahiye sung by Kishore Kumar as it comes during the opening credits and also in a couple of other scenes in the movie.
Performance wise this is an Abhay Deol movie. He is throughout the film and is equally good everywhere. But the highlight of the movie is definitely Paresh Rawal. Brilliant would be too less to describe this actor as he switches between three extremely different characters in the film. Neetu Chandra has a smaller role but makes an impact. Manu Rishi is good as Abhay’s friend. Special mention is deserved by Manjot Singh, who plays the younger Lucky.
Overall, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! is one film which is going to leave you delighted. Although the ending is debatable and the overall film is not as great as KKG, OLLO is well directed and Dibakar Banerjee can take a bow for that. Enjoy this one along with popcorns or coffee. The extra money spent will be justified!
Source: Sanskriti Media