Film: C Kkompany
Director: Sachin Yardi
Producer: Ekta Kapoor & Shobha Kapoor
Banner: Balaji Motion Pictures
Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav, Raima Sen, Mithun Chakraborty, Mahesh Bhatt, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Sakshi Tanwar, Sanjay Dutt, Celina Jaitley
A mish-mash of Lage Raho, Om Shanti Om and scores of loser-turning-into-winners movies
After an almost decade of taking the TV industry by storm Ekta Kapoor takes on herself in Balaji Production’s latest comic film C Kkompany, a mish-mash of Lage Raho, Om Shanti Om and scores of loser-turning-into-winners movies. While the numerous jokes on her brand of television and her company’s ‘policies’ force an unexpected smile the movie expectedly does not.
The movie begins with a snazzy video with Sanjay Dutt among gori babes introducing the three ‘losers’ of the film. The video and the credits finish and the characters are introduced all over again, setting the mood of a film that is decidedly going to be a tad bit tedious if not frumpy in its exposition.
So who are the three? No.1 Akshay Khanna (Tusshar Kapoor), crime reporter with a supposed booming voice who dreams of getting rich quick (who doesn’t?) to run away and marry his girlfriend (Raima Sen) who is a Don’s sister. No.2 is Ramakant Joshi (Anupam Kher), a retired, middle-class father fed up of the ill-treatment at the hands of his son. He is looking for financial freedom too and a return on the investment he made on his son. Loser No.3 is Lambodar( Rajpal Yadav) who unlike his name is short and whose height becomes the bane of his marital life. He too needs money to prove to his wife and son that he is not a good-for-nothing.
This unlikely trio live in the same building and surprisingly socialise together on the building’s terrace sharing wine and woes. It is during one of these social gathering that the three hit upon an extortion idea to give Joshi’s son a good scare. When it works, they become more ambitious and C Kkompany is born. They plan to ditch the false name and identity as soon as Josi’s son coughs up the money. A glitch in their plan makes their gang name public and a one last Good Samaritan act later they find themselves in the most public glare. Their identities unrevealed but the public willing to make them heroes they go on a Robin-hood trip, saving lives, money, respect, rights by mere phone-calls. This irks the Don (Mithun Chakraborty) and thus begins a hunt for the identity of those behind C Kkompany. Expectedly, the movie ends on a note condoning minor crimes for the greater good and the poor getting the riches however ill gotten.
Out of the ensemble cast Mithun Chakraborty delivers a somewhat entertaining performance. Anupam Kher looks unconvinced by his act throughout. Tusshar Kapoor is sincere and so is Raima Sen. Rajpal Yadav limits his hamming this time and Dilip Prabhavalkar performs with ease of a veteran.
The film sports mediocre production values and technical skill. Cinematography is average without adding any glamour or cleanliness to the proceedings. The film has its sequences edited smoothly and the flow of the screenplay and edit patterns complement each other. Sadly, it has no memorable music or hummable track. The background music sets the tone of the film well and helps take the story forward.
The film tries to cash in on public sympathy and approval of its Robin-Hood-esque theme. Clearly, this is a lesson learnt from the superb Lage Raho Munnabhai but C Kkompany falls several notches in comparison.