Movie Review: Chala Mussaddi Office Office (2011)
Hollywood has done it. Now Bollywood follows suit. Small screen to big screen adaptations are gradually becoming a norm. CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE isn’t the first instance. KHICHDI: THE MOVIE, inspired by a popular TV serial of the same name, had released a year ago.A film like CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE arrives at the right time, when dishonesty and bribery are the hot topics of discussion and deliberations. For, the film deals with this burning issue and how the common man bears the brunt of it all. In fact, one of the reasons why OFFICE OFFICE, the tele-serial, became hugely popular with audiences was because people could connect with the character of Mussaddi, a man bogged down by the corrupt system. Mussaddi’s tryst with the corrupt babus is now adapted on the big screen with ordinary results.
CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE mirrors the current state of affairs in India. It’s a statement on the work culture in government offices, besides focusing on the plight of the common man to get his work done and make ends meet. Besides the popular character of Mussaddi, director Rajiv Mehra has retained the cast of the tele-show for the audiences to connect instantly with the characters.
Mussaddi Lal (Pankaj Kapoor), a retired school teacher goes on a pilgrimage for three months after his wife’s death. When he returns, he finds his pension has been stopped and the pension office has declared him dead. What follows is his endless struggle against the petty corruption in the government office where the infamous gang of five — Manoj Pahwa, Sanjay Mishra, Deven Bhojani, Hemant Pandey and Asawari Joshi — are determined to fleece him till the very end.