Fri, 03 Dec 2010 07:27:55 GMT

Review: 'Phas Gaye Re Obama'

'Phas Gaye Re Obama'

What's the recipe for a winning motion picture? A gigantic financial plan? Striking locales? A mammoth star cast? Strictly going by the number of low cost films that found tremendous appreciation, it reiterates and restates the fact that content always reigns supreme. Small films like 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha', 'Tere Bin Laden', 'Udaan', 'Peepli [Live]', 'Khichdi' and Do Dooni Chaar' have had a lot to say when compared to several mammoth ventures, which drove on star power while content took a complete backseat.

Subhash Kapoor's 'Phas Gaye Re Obama' banks on a taut screenplay and not a showy star cast to deliver the goods. Choosing an interesting plot is one thing and doing justice to it is another. But the assorted characters, the sequence of events in the narrative and the bunch of talented actors do the trick. At the same time, though the film has the right running time, it could've done with some sharper editing at places.

'Phas Gaye Re Obama' may not boast of stars to entice the viewers in hordes. It may not have a colossal canvas [on the contrary, the making is very basic]. It may not have a wonderful musical score to act as a hook [there are hardly any songs here]. But 'Phas Gaye Re Obama' succeeds, and succeeds largely, in its endeavour: Make the viewer laugh at the right places.

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