This is one film that should have been released either during the World Cup or when the kids had their summer vacation. With school already on and cricket taking a back seat after the Bangladesh beating at the World Cup, I doubt this movie will have any takers. Although it deals with fantasy, it has a weak script and the director is trying to tell too many stories in one go.
There is an orphanage run by one Hitler (Rajesh Khera). I wonder which orphanage runs in the manner this does. Maybe, the director is fantasising. Then there is Karan (Zain Khan) who lives in the orphanage, who stumbles on Kapil Dev’s bat. Pronto! He makes it to the Indian team against Pakistan. Obviously he’s a star in the orphanage as well as the country. There’s Varun (Rahul Bose) the captain of the Indian cricket team who hates his father. Then there is this orphan boy who is jealous of Varun’s success Raghav (Raj Bhansali). And yes, the story of how Kapil Dev scored 175 not out after India were reduced for 17/5 against Zimbabwe is still being told! That was in 1983.
To add to the spice there’s Maru and Nadira. They are both commentators. Yes you don’t have to be a genius to know who they impersonate! Mandira and Charu!! While the real Mandira has the best sarees, Malini needs a stylist. As for Maru, he has lots of hair. A good hair weaving job by Nasir Khan.
No, there’s no story so I will not even attempt to tell one. Let’s go straight to the acting. Rahul, given the weak script and the fantasy plot, does well. Zain Khan impresses as a new comer, so does Raj Bhansali. As for Rajesh Khera, the Hitler of the orphanage, all that can be said is that he has a good stylist.
Maybe, just maybe, if the focus was more on the orphanage than cricket, the story would have been different. But then again, they don’t even know how an orphanage is run!!