Gali Gali Chor Hai does highlight the problems faced due to corruption but fails to find a practical solution
Movie: Gali Gali Chor Hai
Cast: Akshay Khanna, Shriya Saran, Anu Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Anu Kapoor
Director: Rumi Jaffery
Gali Gali Chor Hai is a story of a middle-class family living in Bhopal, whose sole bread winner, Bharat (Akshaye Khanna), a cashier in a bank and part-time Hanuman at Ram Leela, is the victim at the hands of incorrigible corruption, dishonesty and bribe. One night, Bharat’s table fan gets stolen and he finds himelf involved in a series of unfortunate events. In order to find his way out of the rabbit hole, Bharat has to involuntarily bribe his way through criminals and law keepers, just to get a rusty, old fan back. In other words, the film mainly deals with the subject of corruption that exists in the bureaucratic system today and no matter how much of a model citizen one is, he/ she invariably becomes a part of the corrupted system.
After making entertaining films, Rumi Jaffery has made a film with a message. Though, the subject is something that all of us can relate to, the script is weak and lacks the much-needed reaction from the audience. The dialogues fail to pack a punch or hit the mark. The movie falls short on the humour and there is hardly any scope for a good song. But the title track with Kailash Kher and the item number featured on Veena Malik, Channo add a spoonful of spice to the scenario.
A fine actor, Akshay delivers the much-needed, flawless performance. Shriya Saran plays Akshay’s wife and is a school teacher. Her role is reduced to the minimal and she lies insignificant in a corner. Mugdha Godse as the hot-legged, minimal-wear beauty doesn’t add much to the story and she too is not the most important character. Satish Kaushik excels and Annu Kapoor does an excellent imitation of a corrupt, sinister cop.
Gali Gali Chor Hai lacks the intelligence and the humour that is generally the main ingredient for a satirical drama, like that of the popular TV series, Office Office.
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