Director: Sanjeev Sharma
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Kay Kay Menon, Annu Kapoor, Aditi Sharma and Vijay Raaz
Saath Uchakkey, which essentially means seven loafers, is a comic caper gone absolutely haywire. Despite the star cast, which has proved its acting credentials time and again, the film fails to fare above average. The film, as a whole, tries hard to present wicked wit blended with gritty realism; but ends up being a rather stretched rant.
Set in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi, the film opens with a scene at a psychiatric ward. The first few sequences, in a way, make you aware of what you’ve signed up for. The film revolves around men, women who’re trying to rise up above their lot; men who create antique idols, men who make living out of making keys to men who’re lawyers and cops trying to find order in such a confusing condition. In their desperate attempts to rise above, the characters resort to ways to earn money quickly and that’s when the story unfolds.
With an ensemble cast of such stature, it’s only justifiable to expect something good and a lot more sensible. Manoj Bajpayee as Pappi and Aditi Sharma as his love interest Sona do a good job. Vijay Raaz, as a lawyer sporting a waistcoat and an out-of-place ponytail and Kay Kay Menon as ‘daroga’ Tejpal are first-rate. But Anupam Kher, to one’s dismay, is slightly over-the-top in his portrayal of a barmy old man owning the haveli.
Despite the star cast delivering decent performances, the film’s screenplay takes it down and the abusive rants take it further down. Also, the plot isn’t strong enough to keep you hooked; it keeps meandering every 10 minutes and leaves you wondering why aren’t they coming straight to the point.
Considering the fact that this film has undergone 90 cuts and have taken over 3 years to release; the number of cuss words are still way out of the league. After a while, you’ll lose count as to what you’re hearing. The film is more like a crash course in cuss words rather than a well-thought-out slice of life film.
To the director’s credit, he has tried to incorporate an array of human emotions in this film. Greed, ups and downs of life, love, lust, laughter, ambition and an urge to do something better; it’s all there, just not rightly executed. A little detailing on the characters’ traits and an urgent pace in the film could have made this a better watch.
Go for this film if you’re in mood for hearing some choicest of explicit words or else sleep on it.