Director : Dibakar Banerjee
Starring: Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye is a fresh take on our societies middle class versus ‘high’ class situation – the poor trying to ape the rich to impress friends and family and win over girl friends with money and riches. However, look closely the film and you will realise that this seemingly innocent and funny film has more serious undercurrents.
The story is usual – Abhay Deol is a middle class ambitious man who wants to be rich and therefore chooses the path of the charming thief. He is actually a kleptomaniac so he steals everything from furniture to electronics, cars, clothes, jewellery, and even family photos. Soon Lucky falls in love with Sonal (played by Neetu Chandra) and starts dreaming for even more riches and what follows is a debacle quite similar to what we saw in Khosla ka Ghosla. Dibakar Banerjee tries to present a fresh take on comedy where humorous situations arise not from clowning and dialogues, but from the real and unique characters who get caught up in situations that are funny in themselves.
Verdict and whether you should watch it:
Technically, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye has a well planned screenplay and is nicely made. The theme however is not convincing and rather hurts. The present situation in our country, the unchecked rise in crime rate, etc only shows that film makers have perhaps chosen to shirk their responsibility to make more meaningful cinema and educate the youth by showing the hero as antagonist – this can have serious effects on a young man’s attitude and thinking.
In Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye, the hero is shown frequently committing crime as if the Police can be easily fooled and after a while, this becomes difficult to bear. Wise parents just cannot afford to see this film with their kids. It looks like that our censor board is not serious about the theme, which passes a wrong message to the society. Is it a mockery of our system or is it a new way of giving birth to would be criminals?