Well Done Abba (2010)

Shyam Benegal – the pioneer of ‘middle cinema’ does it again. ‘Well Done Abba’ is a double whammy. After the success of ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’ Shyam in this light heartner, again uses strong intelligent repartee rather than the usual buffoonery and slapstick prevalent in many Bollywood comedies giving us a major relief once again.

Cast: Boman Irani, Minissha Lamba, Sameer Dattani

Shyam Benegal’s ‘Well Done Abba’ is more deep in its satire and comment and less cinematic then ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’ but this flaw doesn’t stop ‘Well Done Abba’ from being a standout, that’s the quality of a genius – there can be a flaw but still you maintain your brilliance. The prolific veteran provides Big Pictures it’s another potential earner after the super mighty success of ‘3 Idiots’.

Inspired by two short stories, ‘Narsaiyyan Ki Bavdi’ by Jeelani Bano and Sanjeev’s ‘Phulwa Ka Pul’, ‘Well Done Abba’ is the story of Armaan Ali (Boman), a driver working for a Senior Executive in Mumbai, who goes on leave. He wants to find a match for his teenage daughter (Minisha), who stays with his brother Rehman Ali and his wife Salma (Illa Arun). When Armaan returns to work after 3 months his young employer wants to sack him.

But Armaan Ali has a story to tell. The story he tells is a humorous and often hilarious account of the events and happenings that delayed him from returning after a month. He avails a government scheme to dig a well in his agricultural patch. Things spiral out of control so much so that the Government is about to collapse! The question remains, how true is this compelling story!

The film is a political satire that veers from the farcical to the often witty and sharp but largely ironic comedy without losing sight of its control theme that deals with the many development projects that the government has initiated which frequently get hijacked by systemic corruption.

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