Recession hit the world hard. We all know that. We also that every sector of society was badly hit. Thousands of people lost their jobs, first in the United States, United Kingdom and then in India. But did any of us even think of what happened to people who depended primarily on extortion? Well, Phas Gaye Re Obama, directed by Subhash Kapoor gives an insight into what could have probably happened. It is The Wall Street Journal of their life!
It focuses on a rich NRI Om Shastry (Rajat Kapoor) losing his job and getting looped into endless debt in the United States. His last resort is to come back to India and sell his ancestral property. While he lands here with a plan to save his family he gets caught by a gang of extortionists who are striving hard to survive the recession. The movie then focuses on how he adapts to the situation and makes his way out in order to live up to his promise of saving his family.
The American dream, Obama’s famous speech, aspiring Indians, lazy couch potatoes, corrupt politicians, local kin-pins and yes a gang of women extortionists – the movie has got it all. A simple plot that highlights a pitiful situation of the ‘bad people’ and how they still have some ethics and morality left is what the director offers his audience. Small budget, yet decent script and good performances make it a worthwhile film.
A sensuous Neha Dupia manages to impress the crowd both with her looks and acting. The rest of the characters though are not the typical pleasing looking people, have packed their performances with power and substance. A good entertainer, the film will not disappoint its audience. Performances by Rajat Kapoor, Amol Gupte and Sanjay Mishra are worth mentioning.
If you have missed this movie, try and grab a copy of the DVD and watch it! It’s a good attempt by the entire team. Kudos!