Bank Chor : An attempt at perfecting bank heists theme
Movie Review by Vineetha Saikumar (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Movies in Bollywood that have Vivek Oberoi and Riteish Deshmukh in them may not be considered the best entertainer without the inclusion of some under-the-belt and sexist dialogues. Bank Chor seems to be an amateur attempt at comedy with thriller elements in it. As an audience, you are told everything except the few times when something interesting happens and you are on the edge of your seat.
The film begins with three goofy idiots trying to rob a bank. Champak (Riteish Deshmukh) and his two men Gulab (Bhuvan Arora) and Genda (Vikram Thapa) seem like amateur robbers trying to find luck with the loot from the bank. There are parts in the movie when you have the urge to face palm so hard because of zero sense but we Indians love some jokes that will keep us going, which is exactly what we get. Then enters CBI Officer Amjad Khan (Vivek Oberoi) who seems to be a misfit because the case isn’t shown to be that serious. The plot strengthens a bit when the flashbacks begin which include the state’s home minister (Upendra Limaye), a melodramatic but smart news reporter (Rhea Chakraborty) and a dead journalist (Vikram Gokhale).
The first half makes you laugh because of the childlike arguments between Champak, Gulab and Genda about the usual Mumbai-Delhi rivalry. It is high time Bollywood and media understood that the rivalry is not worth portraying on screen just for gag purposes. Instead of these gags, it would have been great if the writers had established a back story as to why the gang was trying to loot the bank. The hostages did not seem scared at all because of the three stooges. Moving over to the second half of the film, one of the hostages (played by Sahil vaid) stands out as the best performance in the film which shows how he has transformed from the ‘buddy of the hero’ roles in Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania and Badrinath ki Dulhania movies to a villain in Bank Chor.
Directed by Bumpy and produced by Yash Raj’s banner Y! Films, the story is a little jarring but the tiniest nuances of actors keeps the movie going. Everything from Vivek’s avatar of a cop (this performance is one of his best since his debut movie Company) to Riteish’s stupid banters in marathi makes the audience burst with laughter.
The film may not be the typical bank heist movies that we have watched before it sure isn’t the worst. While people debate about it being a waste of time, watching the film solely for Sahil Vaid’s performance and Riteish Deshmukh’s comic timing are good enough reasons.
Otherwise, nothing new. It has to be accepted that a film with Riteish and Vivek in it and the film not being a ‘Masti’ franchise is a huge relief to quite a few of us.