<Review by: Anuvrat Bhansali>
Directed By Rajesh Mapuskar, written by Neeraj Vora and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Starring Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Ritvik Sahore and Paresh Rawal.
Some movies have a subtle heartwarming message with a ‘small guy, big dream’ crux and because they touch your heart, they are excused from taking cinematic liberties. With a once-in-a-lifetime story that encompasses two very close-to-the-heart Indian topics of cricket and a father-son relationship, Ferrari Ki Sawaari is simple, family cinema that inspires and entertains multiple generations alike.
Rustam ‘Rusi’ Deboo (Sharman Joshi) is an honest middle class man who believes that kids learn what they see. Thus, he lives a life of principles and works hard to support his family and his son Kayo’s (Ritvik Sahore) dream to play for the Indian Cricket Team.
With an unwavering belief in his son’s extraordinary cricketing talent, Rusi decides to send him for a cricket coaching camp at Lords but he can’t afford it. While Rusi’s attempts at securing a loan from banks and his own PF account are diminishing his hopes, he is approached by a wedding event manager wanting to hire Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari for her client’s son’s wedding and in turn willing to offer the sum of money required to send Kayo to Lords.
In a rather unbelievable way Rusi manages to drive away with Sachin’s Ferrari but gets himself entangled in an imbroglio of police, local goons and his family’s aspirations. Behram Deboo (Boman Irani), once a cricket sensation but now a non-believer in the ethos of cricket, realises his grandson Kayo’s talent and joins his son to accomplish what has now become a family dream.
Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari is the lovable Parsi family’s only hope.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari’s greatest wins are its freshness and the right amount of emotion laced with humour. A story that has instances so brazenly unreal becomes immensely likeable for its newness and real characters. Imagine a Ferrari, now imagine Sachin Tendulkar’s Ferrari, I don’t know if Sachin would have given it as easily as Sharman Joshi managed to drive it away on the streets of Mumbai in broad daylight. Dissection of such instances can be skipped because the story gets engrossing and emotional with every frame.
Perhaps a bigger downer is that the movie has to end with Sachin’s obnoxious duplicate rather than a cameo by the little master himself. It would have been the cherry on the cake!
Sharman Joshi has played the part of an honest and young Parsi father convnincingly. The young actor Ritvik Rathore is such a pleasure to watch as young Kayo who understands the financial predicament of his father but is undeterred in his desire and commitment towards cricket. He aspires to be the next Sachin in the movie but he can very well aspire to be the next Aamir Khan when it comes to acting.
As Father’s day approaches, a story that brings sons and dads together, makes your heart pound and eyes get teary, and that’s when you know that we need more movies like this.