Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey's association has provided us with a lot of entertainment in the past. Be it their stint on TV or their various films together, more importantly BHEJA FRY, it's always a treat to watch them together. They team up yet again in THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR. But for those of you with high expectations from them, would be in for a disappointment.
For the uninitiated, a Television channel had registered a case against the producers of THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR, for using the name of their TV show with a similar name. But the producers were given a green signal to release the film with a disclaimer.
The title has nothing to do with the serial. Nor has it anything to do with the popular song Emotional Ataychar from DEV D (interestingly Kalki's debut film). In fact, it has nothing to do with the film too. We still wonder why the film is called so. It's bereft of emotions (apart from violence and greed) but isn't exactly an atyachar to the senses.
Touted as 'a road thriller with dark humour' in its promotional campaign, THE FILM EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR is a road thriller for sure. But the humour falls flat and is puerile rather than dark.
Without much ado, debutante director Akshay Shere gets straight to the story. The various characters and their intentions are elucidated gradually. The non-linear narrative which intersperses multiple stories is impressive. The style and production values of the film seem influenced by the likes of Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Bharadwaj.
They say love makes the world go round. In this flick, it's money. Laden with grey characters, the film is set on the Mumbai-Goa highway.
A young wannabe businessman Hiten (Anand Tiwari), driving alone from Goa to Mumbai, finds an injured voyager Vikram (Mohit Alawat) pleading for help. Keeping this as the central premise, three other stories unfold as the clock ticks.
Leslie (Ranvir Shorey) and Joe (Vinay Pathak) are two corrupt cops trying to claim hafta (bribe) from casino owner Bosco (Abhimanyu Singh). Sophie (Kalki Koechlin) is Bosco's muse, for whom Leslie has a soft corner. Junior Bhai (Ravi Kissen) along with his two accomplices plans a big robbery. Like mentioned earlier, all the stories are eventually connected, with a bag full of money.
The sharp editing (Pranav V. Dhiwar) and smart story-telling make up for a slightly convoluted plot. Music by Mangesh Dhadke definitely adds value to the swift narrative. The humour isn't up to the mark but there are a few uproarious scenes like the one in which Junior Bhai and the other goons wear swine flu masks for their theft or when he says 'Gadhe ke hath me ghoda (gun) aane se sher nahin ban jaata'.
On the performances front, Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak are outstanding. They have been working together since a long time now, which is evident in their excellent camaraderie. Ravi Kishen goes a little overboard in his bhai act. Mohit Alawat gives a decent performance. Kalki Koechlin is good as the deceitful woman. Abhimanyu Singh leaves a mark.
This EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR isn't an atyachar. Watch it without expecting too much and you'll have a good time.