Bank-Chor

Banner: Y-Films

Producer: Ashish Patil

Director: Bumpy

Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Anand Oberoi, Rhea Chakraborty, Sahil Vaid, Bhuvan Arora, Vikram Thapa, Baba Sehgal

Writers: Baljeet Singh Marwah (story & screenplay), Bumpy (story & screenplay), Ishita Moitra Udhwani (dialogue & screenplay) Omkar Sane (screenplay)

Music: Shri Sriram, Rochak Kohli,

Kailash Kher, Shameer Tandon

A comedy of errors blended with a thriller is not a genre we have seen on the silver screen in recent times. With out-of-the-box marketing and promotional stunts, the film has attracted plenty of interest from the audience. Being a Y-Films outing and featuring Riteish Deshmukh is another huge plus as Deshmukh is synonymous with comedy. However, despite so much going in its favour, Bank-Chor fails to impress, thanks to lazy writing and poor execution.

If we had to sum up Bumpy’s new offering in one word, it would be ‘inconsistent’. The film has its moments but many scenes linger longer than they should. As for its USP, it lies in the male protagonists’ character sketches.

Champak Chandrakant Chiplunkar (Riteish Deshmukh), a simple Marathi manoos, plans to loot a South Mumbai bank. Making matters worse, he recruits two nincompoop petty thieves from Delhi, Genda (Vikram Thapa) and Gulab (Bhuvan Arora).

Just as the trio progress with their plans, they surprise everyone with their tomfoolery and taking the bank’s employees and customers as hostages. Why, even their hostages aren’t really scared of them! Then, in an attempt to open the main locker, they accidently seal it.

Meanwhile, one of the hostages is a real thief with a plan. Jugnu (Sahil Vaid), who had only been pretending to be a customer, takes charge of the situation and along with his men, starts looking for a computer hard drive. Outside the bank, the police and the CBI are at loggerheads as to who is in charge. The media too has assembled here in large numbers, and among the journalists is a fashion-journo-turned-crime reporter Gayatri Ganguly (Rhea Chakraborty). The trio reaches out to her to say that they are not the real bank chors.

Director Bumpy brings an out-of-the-box concept to the silver screen but due to poor execution, he fails to impress fully. He does execute a few scenes with flamboyance and the detailing in the story is brilliant. Casting is one of the main highlights of the film.

Another highlight is comic writing but the writers have paid too much attention to the comedy scenes and ignored the rest of the screenplay. The film also lacks conviction in its execution and the biggest problem is weak direction. This is such a missed opportunity as the film has a good narrative and a perfect cast.

Editing by Saurabh Kulkarni is crisp. But the film drags in several scenes in the second half. Cinematography by Adil Afsar is top notch. Music and background score go well with the narrative. With a runtime of 129 minutes, the film has an enjoyable first half, with a semi-appealing second half.

Performance-wise, Riteish Deshmukh delivers an impressive performance. Vivek Anand Oberoi plays his part with élan. Rhea Chakraborty is excellent. Sahil Vaid is fantastic in his role. Bhuvan Arora is exceptional. Vikram Thapa impresses. Baba Sehgal in his special appearance is hilarious. The rest of the cast supports adequately.

Verdict: Flop.

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