Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Vikram Thapa, Bhuvan Arora, Sahil Vaid, Rhea Chakraborty, Baba Sehgal
“Bumpy” the director of the film lives up to his name. The script has so many loopholes that BANK CHOR can be best described as a bumpy ride,” writes Shubarna Mukerji Shu.
Champak (Riteish Deshmukh), Gulab (Bhuvan Arora) and Genda (Vikram Thapa) decided they needed to rob a bank. Yes, I did say “needed” because these are good guys robbing for papa’s operation. The trio is desperate and has decided they have to be on the wrong side of the law if they need to get ahead. So far predictable and overly justified, the first few minutes of BANK CHOR doesn’t give you a fair picture of what is in store for you! Their initial frenzy to getting to the bank is rather clumsy and funny but that’s that. While the trio gets to the bank, dearest director and his writers run out of fun dialogues and start looking for inspiration in their Whatsapp forwards.
Back to the heist, since these are good guys (read “stupid”) they are blundering furiously. To add to their misery comes Amjad Khan (Vivek Oberoi) – a cop who is more dreaded than Gabbar Singh was in SHOLAY. The fear causes more confusion and compels them to continue with their series of jokes - which - since these jokes are not that funny to begin with, end up with a lot of people talking simultaneously. Given there are hostages, one of whom is Baba Sehgal, whose limericks could have brought a smile if we weren’t already bored, there comes the media coverage. Perhaps due to the shoestring budget in which this film is made, there is a sole Rhea Chakraborty who keeps coming in and going out holding the mike.
It is only when Sahil Vaid comes into the picture that the bumpy ride gets a little exciting. He does a fine job and his performance and partially that of Riteish are the only good things in the film. Given the hours I spent watching the film, it compels me to tell you that the film isn’t anything like the promos suggested. Liberally saying BC – Bank Chor, every time and trying to sound suggestive, is not funny. The novelty quo of that died with the famous Mr. D K Bose. Given the build-up for the film was so exciting, I strongly suggest it best to skip the film and enjoy reruns of the myriad promotional activities they did for the film. The promotions were certainly far more entertaining, because Riteish’s ingrained sense of humour is far superior to that of the writers of BANK CHOR put together. It does seem like Riteish was in this film only to kill the YRF jinx, and finally do a film with the esteemed production house. And the rest, like me, simply assumed there is more to Bumpy than his dreadlocks!
Though, if you find yourself in the theatre watching the film with nowhere else to go, you might want to play this game and save yourself the embarrassment of falling off the chair in your sleep – just count the minutes Vivek Oberoi holds the one expression he has borne throughout the film (wondering if he was directed to do that). The man deserves an award for his consistency alone.