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Too much sharafat and no play
A geeky simpleton (Zayed Khan as Prithwi Khurana) is in for a pleasant shock one day when his bank account miraculously reflects funds worth Rs 100 crore! Before it can sink in, a phone call from Dawood Ibrahim follows. What's the deal with this money?
The underworld don claims the money as his, putting Prithwi in the soup. A cat and mouse game ensues between the two. Meanwhile, Prithwi shares this sudden development with his good for nothing roomie Sam (Rannvijay Singh), but decides to keep girlfriend Megha (Tina Desai) out of it.
The film has an interesting premise and the unraveling of events in the climax lives up to the mysterious build-up. We must say it's unpredictable too, but the lackluster execution is a major issue. The story moves at a snail's pace, which is a huge disadvantage for a film that aspires to be a thriller. It also fails as a comedy as nothing sounds remotely funny.
Anupam Kher is effective in whatever little he gets to do, but performances fail to brighten things up. Zayed looks like he's trying too hard to seem modest - his version of Clark Kent looks perpetually scared and mousy. As a sidekick, Rannvijay is way more spontaneous and infuses life into otherwise dull proceedings, but his role is limited. Desai is pleasant, but she has nothing significant to do.
To sum it all up, the story had potential, but lacks chutzpah in its making. Too much of sharafat and no play make it a dull watch.
चंद्रमोहन शर्मा, नई दिल्ली
करीब पौने दो घंटे की इस फिल्म को बनाते वक्त मेकर यह ही नहीं तय कर पाए कि इसे सस्पेंस थ्रिलर बनाया जाए या कॉमिडी। इस कारण यह फिल्म दर्शकों को स्टार्ट टु एंड तक बांधने में सफल नहीं हो पाती।
कहानी: मिडिल क्लास फैमिली का पृथ्वी चौहान (जाएद खान) अपनी नौकरी, अपने रूम पार्टनर सैम (रणविजय सिंह) और गर्लफ्रेंड मेघा (टीना देसाई) के साथ बेहद खुश है। आमतौर पर पृथ्वी के बैंक अकाउंट में 5 हजार रुपये के आसपास रकम रहती है, लेकिन अचानक एक दिन उसके अकाउंट में 100 करोड़ रुपये आ जाते हैं। पृथ्वी हैरान है कि उसके अकाउंट में इतनी बड़ी रकम कहां से आई। अपने दोस्त सैम के साथ वह अब इस बारे में सोच ही रहा होता है कि उसे फोन पर दुबई से डॉन की धमकी आती है। फोन पर मिली धमकी के बाद दोनों के होश उड़ जाते हैं। डॉन उन्हें इस रकम को कब और किसके पास पहुंचाना है इस बारे में बताता है।
पृथ्वी 10 करोड़ का चेक काटकर बैंक मैनेजर मिस्टर दामानी (अनपुम खेर) से मिलने जाता है तो पता चलता है कि वह भी डॉन के इशारे पर काम कर रहा है। पृथ्वी इस बारे में अपनी मेघा को कुछ नहीं बताता, लेकिन उसे पृथ्वी पर शक होने लगता है। पृथ्वी और सैम, डॉन को अकाउंट से रुपये पहुंचाने लगते हैं। 40 करोड़ वे डॉन के आदमियों को लौटा भी देते हैं। इसी बीच, टीवी पर दुबई में डॉन के एनकाउंटर की खबर आती है। पृथ्वी और सैम खुश हैं। उनकी खुशियां पृथ्वी के फोन पर दुबई से फिर भाई का फोन आने से छूमंतर हो जाती हैं।
ऐक्टिंग: जाएद खान बेहद लंबे अर्से बाद स्क्रीन पर नजर आए हैं, लेकिन वह मासूम पृथ्वी चौहान के रोल में प्रभावित करते हैं। सैम के रोल मे रणविजय सिंह खूब जमे हैं। टीना देसाई के पास करने के लिए कुछ था ही नहीं।
डायरेक्शन: बतौर निर्देशक गुरमीत सिंह की स्क्रिप्ट पर अच्छी पकड़ है, लेकिन फिल्म से वह दर्शकों को स्टार्ट टु लास्ट बांधने में नाकाम रहे हैं। इंटरवल तक कहानी की गति थम-सी जाती है। दिल्ली की लोकेशन को फिल्म का अहम हिस्सा बनाया गया है।
संगीत: फिल्म में ऐसा कोई गाना नहीं है, जो हॉल से बाहर आने के बाद आपकी जुबां पर आने का दम रखता हो।
क्यों देंखे: मनी लॉन्ड्रिंग और पैसों का हवाला इस फिल्म में दिखाने की कोशिश की गई है। ब्लैक मनी को एकसे दूसरी जगह कैसे पहुंचाया जाता है यह दिखाया गया है।
Director: Gurmmeet Singh Cast: Zayed Khan, Rannvijay Singh, Tina Desae Censor: U/A Rating:
It's good to see Anupam Kher back in action. Seems like years, but it's only been a few weeks. He plays a banker and crucial cog in a complicated plot that begins as a comedy of errors, and ends as a scam-ridden money-laundering double-crossing thriller. This sounds exciting, but there's a curious lack of urgency to proceedings—a stagnant period punctuated by expressions of confused protagonists—until a considerable number of twists appear towards the end.
At the center of it is Delhi's Prithvi Khurana, an ordinary man caught in an extraordinary situation. It's genuinely nice to see Zayed Khan back on screen. It really has been years. This is evident from the way he plays this bespectacled simpleton; his acting is visible and labored. Rannvijay, who plays his loafer roommate, looks more at ease as a North Indian. The film operates under the assumption that, despite Prithvi's holy traits, he isn't righteous enough to report the mysterious appearance of 100 crores in his bank account to the cops. I would be petrified if this happened to me, but then again, I'm not from Delhi. He gets sucked into a murky routine that has Bhai's voice (D, not S) instructing him to make drops to a scantily clad lady.
Prithvi's girlfriend (Tina), not entirely relevant throughout, wears a perpetually aggressive expression, like she's trying to figure out the mechanics of this screenplay. Though it is written with a fair amount of conviction and research, the paper-to-screen transition adds nothing new. There isn't enough within sequences—be it the performers, their lines or routines—to keep us engaged.
The film was shot in 2010 but was delayed for many reasons.
The film also marks the comeback of Zayed Khan.
Prithwi (Zayed) whose bank account reflects Rs 100 crore, when checked at an ATM center, could have easily asked for a mini statement to know who deposited that money, instead of believing its Dawood's money.
He doesn't bother to update his pass book in order to get hold of the culprit, in spite of visiting the bank several times.
A geeky simpleton (Zayed Khan as Prithwi Khurana) is in for a pleasant shock one day, when his bank account miraculously reflects funds worth Rs 100 crore! Before it can sink in, a phone call from Dawood Ibrahim follows...
The underworld don claims the money as his, putting Prithwi in the soup. A cat-and-mouse game ensues between the two. Meanwhile, Prithwi shares this sudden development with his good-for-nothing roomie Sam (Rannvijay Singh), but decides to keep girlfriend Megha (Tina Desai) out of it. What's the deal with the money?
The so called Dawood then forces Prithwi to dance to his tunes. He threatens to kill Megha, if he doesn't take his orders. Prithwi gives up and starts returning the money to the people, Dawood orders him to. Given his mammoth savings, bank manager Tharwani (Anupam Kher) visits Prithwi to check on their 'privileged' member. However, Prithwi soon realizes that even Tharwani is involved with Dawood. Sam convinces him to not to go to the cops. Megha smells a rat and informs her police commissioner uncle to look into Prithwi's suspicious movements. The cop only finds Megha's number on Prithwi's phone records thus adding to the mystery. In a sudden turn of events, news of Dawood Ibrahim's death is flashed across news channels. Prithwi rejoices, confides in Megha and decides to report his case to the cops. Sam requests the two to enjoy for one last time, before they confess the incident.
Spoiler ahead - (climax)
Sam takes the two to a club, where he drugs them both. When Prithwi wakes up, he gets a call from Dawood, challenging him to find Megha. Megha is found in an unconscious state in a car. Next day, Sam confesses to Prithwi that it's not Dawood who calls him, but his friend Rashida/Rachel (Talia Bentson) through a website, which can alter voice. It is all staged right from the beginning. A flashback shows Sam being attracted to a seductive Rashida at a party. Online chatting follows. Rashida sends a lottery link to Sam. He falls for it, since his debit card doesn't work, borrows Prithwi's and feeds in the details. Wins it and promises to share the money with Rashida. But since the money gets deposited to Prithwi's account, Rashida poses as Dawood to extort money from Prithwi. Sam later realizes there was no lottery in the first place and this was Rashida's ploy, right from the beginning, a case of money laundering. To save taxes, they use Sam and since Sam uses Prithwi's card, he gets trapped instead.
Prithwi uses the same trick to get back at Rashida and Tharwani, who work for a rich businessman Oberoi. The money belongs to him. Sam fakes Oberoi's voice and makes Tharwani pay him back the black money. The trio surrenders the illegal money to the cops and win 2 crore for their bravery.
The film ends with the real Dawood calling up Prithwi...
Comedy film Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene failed to impress at the box office.
According to Boxofficeindia.com, the film made a total of Rs 39.87 lakh in three weeks.
Starring Zayed Khan, Tina Desai and Rannvijay Singh, Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene did not seem to woo the audience.