Ferrari Ki Sawaari tells the story of an ordinary man’s extraordinary dreams – Rustom (Sharman Joshi) will go to almost any lengths to ensure that his son, Kayo (Ritvik Sahore) is able to go to London for his cricket training. Thus, he embarks on a wild ride that includes a grumpy grandfather (Boman Irani), a crazed wedding planner (Seema Bhargava), a handful of dons, a well-meaning housekeeper and watchman, and of course… Sachin Tendulkar‘s gleaming red Ferrari.
Is this ride worth buckling down for this weekend? Read our Pros and Cons list to find out!
(+) The characters. The film boasts of various characters from different spaces of life – you’ve got everything from the quiet father to the over-the-top wedding planner. It’s these different characters and their relationships that keep you engaged in this film, far more than any big star-cast would.
(+) The performances. Sharman Joshi is up to the task of being the “sole hero” and manages both his humorous and emotional scenes well. The supporting cast is stellar – Boman Irani acts every bit the bitter and grouchy grandfather; Seema Bhargava and her antics will cause you to chuckle; Ritvik Sahore plays his part well and looks adorable while doing so; Satyadeep Mishra, as the coach, delivers a good performance; and the guys who play Sachin’s housekeeper and watchmen do a commendable job in their respective roles.
(+) That feel-good vibe. It’s a heartwarming film, the kind that leaves you smiling and feeling brighter for the rest of the day. Rustom’s honesty may be too idealistic to be real, but that’s where the charm of feel-good cinema lies – we don’t get to see a lot of it these days, and sometimes it’s just nice to see good people doing good things. In the age of sleazy, nonsensical comedies, Ferrari Ki Sawaari delivers some good, clean humour that packs in a message. It’s the kind of film you’ll want to take the whole family along for – the ideals will appeal to the older generation while the cricket elements will help keep younger viewers excited.
(-) It’s predictable – another side-effect of feel-good cinema. You can anticipate what’s going to happen, and that happens. You can figure out what the characters are going to do, and they do just that. And at the end of the day, you know it’s all going to be tied up in a neat little bow.
(-) It’s lengthier than it should be. This is one ride that had me asking, “Are we there yet?” Several moments should have been cut out, such as Vidya Balan‘s item number – okay to watch, but unnecessary. The length, especially when coupled with the predictability, resulted in boring moments – the dip in energy level could have easily been avoided with a crisper film. Had they trimmed it, Ferrari Ki Sawaari would have maintained a decent pace and been as entertaining as the makers surely intended it to be.
Watch it if the week has bogged you down and you want a little something to cheer you up – in which case, pack the whole family along, as it’s surely a more enjoyable film when you’ve got elderly people and kids with you (I was sitting next to an elderly uncle, and his chuckles made me smile more than the film did at times). Otherwise, wait for it to be aired on TV – it’ll go perfectly with Sunday lunch. (3/5 stars)