Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006) Movie Review – Sweet Black Comedy
Cast: Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Praveen Dabas, Ranvir Shorey, Tara Sharma
Films that follow the Hrishikesh Mukherjee/Basu Chatterjee cinema are as good as extinct. But once in a while comes a film that strikes a chord due to its simplistic and unadulterated entertainment. The emphasis is not on paraphernalia like special effects or opulent sets as much as on content.
Fortunately, KHOSLA KA GHOSLA is one such film.
Subtly done, the essence of Delhi’s complex colours is evident in every scene, inadvertently lending credibility to the events. Be it the laughter club sessions in a local district park or Khosla’s Karol Bagh style neighbourhood. The realism in the situation and humour of Khosla easily strikes a chord. One hears of plot broker rackets all the time. But the tit-for-tat solution the makers employ is hardly plausible even if commendable. That’s where the cast gets mention. The actors successfully bring out the amazing contrasts and characteristics between them.
You see Kamal Kishore Khosla (Anupam Kher), a retired service class man in Delhi, having nightmares about his family — a niggling, dense wife, a wannabe tomboyish teen daughter, a workaholic elder son and an idle-minded younger son.
Clearly his bad dreams broadly hint how hopeless he deems them. But then, he himself can be quite crabby and controlling. Between you and me though, he is the typical uncle-next-door. And insecurities aside, his household is just like any other.
Khosla relies immensely on his sensible albeit self-centred computer engineer son, Chironjilal aka Cherry (Parvin Dabbas) to architect a dream house on his newly purchased plot. Cherry, meanwhile, reserves indifference towards his father’s aspirations and theatre actress friend, Megha’s (Tara Sharma, a charming screen presence but a screeching dialogue delivery) affectionate demonstrations to chase the American dream.
While Cherry applies for a US visa and decides to go for a name change, Khosla gets busy asking Bunty (Ranvir Shorey), cocky, good-for-nothing high school dropout, to get name plates designed for their new residence in South Delhi’s posh locality.
Khosla’s enthusiasm is short-lived when he realises he’s been duped by the broker and his land is unfairly occupied by a fraudulent businessman, Kishan Khurana (Boman Irani plays the loud bully with his characteristic stares, sneers and snorts).
When polite requests and arm-twisting attempts fail to do the trick, Cherry, aided by visa agent Asif Iqbal (Vinay Pathak) — a former Khurana accomplice — hatches a clever scheme to beat Khurana at his own game. At this point, the film truly begins.