Four criminals, products of a corrupt system, end up in jail after attempting to rob an NRI’s car. Fortunately for them, the NRI turns out to be a Gandhian. He bails them out and vows to change their lives.
If you are expecting a Lage Raho Munna Bhai kind of film, be warned; Gandhigiri is anything but that. Apart from a few stray references to Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology, it’s just the typical wannabe entertainer that is confused between wanting to put forth a social message and making the viewer laugh, at the same time.
The film opens with the introduction of the main characters; lovebirds Yuvraj (Bhutani) and Disha (Chawla), Bansi (Brijesh Karniwal), the pickpocket, and Bakait Singh (Mishra), the gang-leader. The introduction goes on for almost an hour with new characters popping up faster than bhurji-pav stalls on the streets.
Post this; the gang of four is shown trying to rob NRI Rai Saheb (Puri) and ending up in jail. But Rai Saheb is the living example of the generous Karna, and, in an effort to turn Bakait and his gang into good human beings, he brings them home, oblivious to the fact that people are exploiting him. On the other hand, caste-based politics and political goons are taking charge of the town. And there’s a love story blooming in the background, too.
While Puri’s character might draw parallels to that of V Shantaram in Do Aankhen Barah Haath, there’s not much scope for the veteran actor here. The known faces look out of place and the younger lot doesn’t offer much in terms of acting.
In terms of story too, there’s not much to look forward to. Plus, Yuvraj and Disha break into song sequences, thereby hampering the flow of the film. Unless tolerance and patience are your strong traits, Gandhigiri can be given a miss.