Umrika

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The mid 80s attracts Udai (Prateik Babbar) to America. In his small home village there is a frenzy. All are full of pride, not least his mother (Smita Tambe). But when after some time fail Uday's letters that Mama expires in a year-long state of shock, which only ends when drifting the letters again. Now, however, finds out Uday's brother Rama (Suraj Sharma) that none other than the cute postman (Rajesh Tailang) wrote the new letters. Where is Uday? Rama sneaks out of the village and goes to Bombay, where he wants to find tracks and want to get hold of a passage to America. Help comes from his best friend Lalu (Tony Revolori).


Umrika is much at once. A film about family, one about dreams, about a deception. And one on the India of the 80s, from country to city. Have independent films from the subcontinent with me to not have the best reputation, many are overly intellectual, many extremely boring. But "Umrika" manages to amazingly light-footed way to bring its ambitions under one hat and charm to convince as well as with local flavor and spirit. The world in the film seems just really genuine. The village is a community, everyone looks at each - and looks at every even closely. Likewise, Bombay, now Mumbai, where the big wave has not yet started to modernization and westernization.

The in various countries, including Switzerland, raised director Prashant Nair (Delhi in a Day) knows how well to revive cities. He does well with the help of pop culture. So Michael Jackson is just to train like Ronald Reagan - and whenever Indian stars are mentioned, it is for "insiders" doubly funny. So the whole village is about shocked when Amitabh Bachchan himself during the shoot of Coolie injured. Someone asks if a woman like Madonna was actually nicer than "their" Sridevi . And so on. It is these little anecdotes that add value to the film immensely.

The story itself namely remains rather predictable and simple. Boy in the village prevails in the city. Search brother included. And at the latest when a few gangsters come into play, one wonders: Does everyone Indian film of this kind? Nair draws the rogue least pleasantly low-key, they seem not to be interested in him immensely for the big picture. More important are the central figures. The suffering mother about which kind postman - and Rama, the most famous face in the movie. He is played by Suraj Sharma, star of the Oscar-Hits Life of Pi .

At that time, he is now a newcomer in his home as it were a star, even if he is, strictly speaking, still dewy in the business (this is his third feature film). He is sometimes a bit too passive, but it works, because Rama often looks neutral to what is happening around him. Active is the second most popular in the west of the cast, Tony Revolori. He played a delicious role in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and here is almost a little too intrusive - but it could also be that he was obviously dubbed.

That does not quite especially in a film that wants to score with his realism and it most does. Umrika Takes but surely no harm. To charming are his characters, too real is this world to amusing are the reflections on the foreign and exotic, the myth of America. If you look back at the end there is certainly no international Gassenhauer à la Slumdog Millionaire , not a big Bollywood indie crossover or anything at all, what will be remembered long. But while Umrika looks, you cannot help but entertain themselves wonderfully in the light of heart and humor.



The three friends Ravi (Chandrachur Singh), Vijay (Vijay Anand) and Appu (Johnny Lever) are neighbors and work in the same garage. Their wages, however, never enough, they are forced to take out loans. Their wives Meena (Tabu), Anjali (Isha Koppikar) and Vimla (Ketki Dave) are always humiliated in public, because they can not pay bills. Because next door attracts a liberal couple a: Jhumi (Juhi Chawla) and her husband works Bhishma (Govinda) is throwing the budget. The women are impressed. When their husbands are fired, take the women against the will of the divine husband Jobs in Jhumri's company. The men react indignantly.


Based on the Telugu hit Kshemanga Velli Labhanga Randi turned director K. Raghavendra Rao a film that does not quite know what he wants to be. On the one hand he is a gender Posse, on the other hand a fairly committed middle-class social study. Sometimes the mix works very well and the laughter gets stuck in a neck, sometimes the other hand, the filmmakers tried to swim against the tide and scares his audience.

The end result is less than the sum of its parts: A bit of a disappointment. It all starts quite well. We'll set before three men who are broke and yet act like pashas. When Govinda and Juhi (both, incidentally, great -. But only for about 30 minutes in the film) turn up the wind and the women versa hit back in true Bollywood style Emancipation. The fact that women are allowed to work in India is not yet a matter of course and that makes the film too much. Unfortunately abundantly clear. Two and a half hours the film is really not on.

Endless repeats that women should have equal rights and then come the men and beat them again. A couple of the best scenes are funny thought, but it's more than that: If Johnny Lever about Ketki Dave beaten would have to laugh when you did not know that such violent scenes actually break because these issues at home. Played the whole is on comedy, the content is trimmed to drama - that's daring, but just: does not always work. Lever is actually quite good, Ketki Dave is the funniest in the movie. Tabu plays such roles in their sleep and the sweet Isha Koppikar you would like to see more. Messrs Singh and Anand, however, are very pale.

Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya is not a movie you have to see, yet its courage, comedy and social criticism should be mixed, be praised. That the high standards artistically could not be implemented entirely convincing, is a pity. But at least you get a movie, not nervous through and through times in which Govinda and Johnny Lever. That's not bad.

No Sex Please, We're Indians is a 2014 Indian comedy film starring Disha Patani directed by Sonam Nair and by Karan Johar.



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