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Movie Review: Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

The other half is about why a wealthy thief who stole tens of millions worth of jewellery, cars, gadgets and other valuables would also steal a greeting card, a teddy bear and a framed photo of a...
Rating /Verdict: 3 Stars out of 5

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Movie reviewEvery city has its own charm and character. If Mumbai has its own lingo, so do other Indian cities.

Director Dibakar Banerjee captures this beautifully in his second film, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! The city here is Delhi, which Banerjee has presented as you have never seen before -- a hotch potch of people drawn from all stratas of the society. We see homes located in different localities like Delhi 6, Karol Bagh, Lajppat Nagar, Rohini and the plush South Delhi pockets.

In Oye Lucky! Abhay Deol is a thief, who thanks to his superior intelligence and out sized charm, placates law enforcement figures as well as his various victims. After developing a taste for the finer things in life, Abhay sets about stealing a wealthy playboy's identity.

But this is, perhaps, half the tale.

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Movie reviewThe writing is pitched perfect, large hearted and finely observed. Abhay Deol and Paresh Rawal were great but surprises were the new faces. Right from the actor playing the teenage Lucky (Manjot Singh) to Lucky’s best friend ‘Bangali’ (Manu Rishi) to Dolly (Richa) there are some seriously talented people appearing on screen for the very first time. And even Neetu Chandra performed really well.

Kartik, the DOP, needs special mention for the way he packed the frames with style and mood without ever getting overbearing. There is no ‘oh look at me, I’m cool’ camera moves or lighting. It’s just a mature, understated, ‘correctness’.

On the whole, the film only fails in the music department, by Sneha Khanwalkar. The dhols and drums get too loud from time to time, and get very annoying. If you can overlook this minor discomfort, go for it!
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