Abhay Deol is improving with every outing. And he is not sticking to formula films. He is experimenting with various roles and genres and is always coming out on top. In OYE LUCKY, LUCKY OYE, too he comes up trumps, despite playing a thief. His charm, wit and endearing demeanor he has put on for this role is to be applauded. He slips on the robe of a thief with elan, and you do not fault him for his choice of profession thanks to his effortless performance.
Bought up in a typical Delhi family he is one of three siblings and is always one up on the other; be it his father, father's 'woman friend' who tries to seduce him, his friends or even the girl he tries to woo. In fact, the scenes when they show a young Lucky growing up are the best. Manjot Singh who plays the young Lucky is a talent. The girl who plays his love interest performs her part to the 'T'. Catch the blushes and coyness when Manjot makes his advances. The scene where he takes her out to a restaurant for a treat is so becoming of a youngster who wants to impress his girlfriend. But then Manjot has to grow, and like in old Hindi films where they show the hero growing when he is running or bouncing a ball, here he grows to Abhay Deol through pictures in an album.
Though Abhay's character, Lucky, robs without a second thought, he almost makes it a profession you would want to take to. He enters bungalows and picks up whatever he can lay his hands onto; be it cutlery, photo frames, money, music systems, television sets... The cops are hot on his trail but somewhere they too have a soft corner for him.
It's left to another conman (Paresh Rawal who plays a triple role) to fleece him. In fact, Paresh's role is quite confusing in the beginning; He plays his father, boss and one Dr Handa who he befriends on a flight. Three different actors playing the roles would have been more apt. After all, he is not the hero and the three have nothing in common. This, according to me, is the major flaw. Also, one cannot understand how Lucky enters houses without being caught. But that is something you can overlook because the execution of the plot is appealing.
Manu Rishi, who plays his friend, is an evolved sidekick. He is not someone you see in movies who is an add-on. Rishi as Bengali makes his presence felt with his witty one-liners. Neetu Chandra moves into focus even though this is an out-and-out Abhay Deol film.
A film with a feel of the eighties, OLLO will identify well with the viewers from the North. But yes, if you want a quiet, funny outing to lighten your mood, watchining OLLO is not a bad option.