Gafla (2006) Movie Review – Biggest Stock Market Scam Revisited

Cast: Vinod Sharawat, Shruti Ulfat, Vikram Gokhale, Purva Parag


GAFLA is a story about ordinary people or rather an ordinary young man, Subodh [Vinod Sharawat], in ordinary circumstances. Subodh starts out like any middle class guy, with limited opportunities to survive and go ahead. Perhaps, he has a little bit more drive than the others, more energy and bigger dreams.

Subodh’s intentions are good and understandable in terms of ordinary ambitions. Subodh wants to make money, to be successful and enters the stock market. His brilliance makes him successful, but he is at the mercy of big players.

Faced with a choice of either following a secondary career, dominated by big players or becoming a big player himself, he opts for the latter. But, as an outsider, he shouldn’t have become the biggest player of all. He didn’t know where to stop. He didn’t pause to strengthen the base of political and institutional support before rising further. He is inexperienced.

So, when things go wrong, Subodh is crucified for doing the same fraud that everybody was doing.

The major problem with GAFLA, is the plotline unravels at such a lethargic pace, the impact of a couple of well executed sequences also evaporates into thin air. On the whole, GAFLA is a dry film with niche audience that has come virtually unannounced, with as good as zilch pre-release promotion. At the box-office, an also-ran!

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