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Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai  : Chalo, corruption ki gali
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Friday, February 3, 2012
Comedy/Drama
Rumy Jafry
Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Mughda Godse, Satish Kaushik, Rajat Rawail, Murli Sharma, Vijay Raaz
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Yet another tale of the naïve common man being sucked into the big, bad universe of politics and corruption.

The plot: In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, lives aam aadmi Bharat (Akshaye Khanna), a cashier-cum-Hanuman (at the local Ram Leela). There’s his father Shivnarayan (Satish Kaushik), his schoolteacher wife Nisha (Shriya Saran) and hot paying guest Amita (Mugdha Godse) who unintentionally creates a rift between Bharat and Nisha.Bharat’s ambition only extends to his fervent desire to graduate from playing Hanuman to the lead role of Ram while Nisha wants him to be the bank manager instead of a cashier. All is fine till a table fan is stolen from their house and Bharat is pushed into a legal tangle by a cop.From there on, Bharat gets drawn deeper into the vortex of corruption, where everyone from a thief to a judge is a part of the rot in the system. He works his way through bribes, all for an insignificant table fan. Finally, fed up of the system, he decides to give it back to them.

The good: With Anna Hazare having spent a major part of the previous year voicing his dissent against corruption and the need to eradicate it, this film picks up the cues and shows all the reasons why we must fight the corrosive system. The film flags off with Kailash Kher crooning the ills of corruption while catchy dialogues by Momukshu Mudgal draw laughs. Right from the accent of the characters and their houses to the small town mentality, the setting is extremely realistic. Shreya fits the role of a middle-class housewife with ease. Without unnecessary songs, at 2 hours, editor A Muthu has stuck to the right length.

The bad: Although the story (Momukshu Mudgal) is relevant to contemporary times, the film offers no solution. Instead, it is simply a portrayal of an everyday tale on 35 mm. There isn’t anything which is glaringly bad but the sub-plot of Nisha losing her sleep over Amita and her insecurity could have been given a miss. Even though corruption is something we are all besieged with, the film fails to elicit empathy. Even as you witness Bharat’s journey as he takes on one problem after the other, at a certain point it becomes a little too far-fetched. Veena Malik, in a special appearance as Channo, adds nothing to the film except for a few minutes of tired eye candy. Mugdha Godse, on the other hand, lacks a well-sketched character and screen time and hence the scope to act.

Overall: Though you may enjoy a few laughs, GGCH is finally one of those films which fail to make an impact.

– Nikita Periwal

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