Forget Munna-Bhai! Khosla-Ka-Ghosla is 2006’s best

Until a few hours ago, I would have said Lage Raho Munna Bhai was the best Hindi movie of 2006. Not anymore. Finally, a movie with both realism and positivism, in the manner of Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies, Khosla Ka Ghosla wows the audience with a simple story that strikes a universal chord. Khosla Ka Ghosla

I must admit that I was a little wary of watching the film. I’d heard that it was boring, and plus I wasn’t keen on watching a ‘low’ budget movie that aimed at limited niche audiences.

What I saw instead was a reminder that simple movie making is both possible and is fun. And wow, what a great example of the richness of Indian culture and cinema.

In fact, a poor modern-day comparison to Khosla-Ka-Ghosla is Hyderabad Blues, a film that in its own quirky way took us into Indian culture from the outsider’s perspective. Hyderbad Blues was badly acted, and slimly produced. Khosla Ka Ghosla is also insightful of culture, but now we see Middle Class India, from the insider’s perspective.

In fact, the beginning of the movie is a little too real. It’s quite uncomfortable… and even disconcerting… to watch such a movie… especially since such stories are not uncommon. If I hadn’t known that *spoiler ahead* that the movie ending was happy *spoiler ended* I would have stopped watching the movie. But somehow, like Hrishikesh Mukherjee who could make the story of a death of a cancer victim watchable (Anand!)… here too we delve into the struggles of a middle class home.

Most importantly, it’s so beautiful written, so beautifully acted (everyone, not just Anupam Kher, is good!). The tone is so subtle, and of course (like Munna Bhai) you need to understand Hindi to get some of it.

Watch this movie! Buy it! Do not be put off! For those who like the subtle growing up of Indian cinema, this movie is a treat!

The second half… where the middle class family fights back… is a fantastical fairy tale, where everything that we would want happens. Of course with a realistic and even pathos-filled touch.

Not once is there too much drama. Not once do characters extend beyond the screen and say watch me, watch me (aka Shah Rukh Khan!!!) :)

Not that this movie is perfect. The caricature of the ‘corrupt’ society jars a little (too comical, rather than funny), and the drinking scene is a little long and unnecessary… (at least the caught-or-not-caught suspense could have been developed better).

Ultimately, however, the movie ends with the audience (read me) smiling–not in laughing-splits like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, but certain a more richer, deeper smile.

Watch this movie! Even buy it! And do not be put off! For those who like the subtle growing up of Indian cinema, this movie is a treat!

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