As Anna Hazare continues his fight against corruption in the real world, we have got Mussaddi Lal Tripathi (Pankaj Kapur) taking on corruption in the reel world through CHALA MUSSADDI-OFFICE OFFICE. The film is the adaptation of the serial Office Office, which was loved by one and all.
The basic characters from the serial and their peculiar traits remain the same. Mussaddi Lal Tripathi (Pankaj Kapoor) plays the common man. Pandey (Hemant Pandey) gets terribly annoyed if someone doesn't add ji to his name. Bhatia (Manoj Pahwa) is the gluttonous food-loving officer. Patel (Devan Bhojani) explains things in his do batein hongi style. Shukla (Sanjay Mishra) is the perpetually paan-eating peon, who spits just about everywhere. Ushaji (Asawari Joshi) prefers doing her household cooking chores during office hours.
Retired schoolmaster Mussaddi Lal Tripathi loses his wife (played by Farida Jalal) due to the careless attitude of the doctors in a Delhi hospital. As Mussaddi was unable to fulfil his wife's wish of visiting the char dhams (Holy sites) when she was alive, he along with his unemployed son Bunty (Gaurav Kapoor) leaves for the char dhams to immerse her ashes. While he is away, government officials Bhatia and Patel erroneously declare him dead in the pension files. On his return, Mussaddi is traumatised to find that he's dead on paper. As bizarre as it may sound, he must prove that he is alive to get his pension (and existence) back.
CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE initially seems like watching the serial Office Office on the big screen. It takes some time for the actual story to start. But once it does, you are completely involved with Mussaddi's crusade against corruption. At one point, he says in a police station that his crime is that he is a common man. You feel for his predicament and completely relate with his character in this satire. Like A WEDNESDAY, it shows what difference a common man can make if he takes things in his own hands. There are enough light-hearted moments to keep you entertained. The climax, though a bit contrived, is sure to leave with a lump in your throat.
Manish Jaitly's editing could have been tighter in the first half. Sajid-Wajid's music is fine. Carlton D'Mello's cinematography is nice.
Pankaj Kapoor is fabulous and extremely believable as Mussaddi. Watch out for the India Gate scene just before the climax. Gaurav Kapoor acts really well. Hemant Pandey is good. Manoj Pahwa is underutilised. Devan Bhojani is excellent. Sanjay Mishra acts wonderfully. Asawari Joshi is decent.
CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE is an effective satire that takes on the menace of corruption. Don't miss it.