Review: ‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ is a small budget big hit

Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 20:04 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ is yet another small budget wonder. A witty situational comedy, the film is filled with slapstick humour and noteworthy performances from the entire cast. Starring Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Manu Rishi and Amol Gupte, this one is one joyride that is sure to give you your money’s worth.

The film follows the story of a NRI Om Shastri (played by Rajat Kapoor) who in a desperate bid to save his home and his lifestyle comes to India escaping the recession-hit America.

The doomed man comes to India to collect the requisite funds but to his shock he ends up being kidnapped by a local gang.

The gang takes Shastri hostage in an attempt to make their ends meets and salvage their `hoodlum` reputation. Done extremely gracefully by director Subhash Kapoor, the film twists Obama’s slogan ‘Yes We Can’ in the most humorous way possible.

Wacky situations and oddball characters make this one a classy hilarious affair. Unlike the common B-town films that are low on script, ‘Phas Gaye...’ makes you laugh because of its madcap situations.

The characters are extremely convincing and if Om Shastri is a conniving wheeler-dealer from Amreeka, then Bhaisaheb ( played by Sanjay Mishra) is the local don who is bogged down by the `mandee` (recession) in his business of extortion and kidnapping.

Always asking his gang-mates ‘Yeh mandee aaye kahan se?’, Bhaisaheb is able to link his crime with the world politics as one of his chamchas replied that the recession was brought by Amreeka. Hence comes the angel of Obama, the fate of Saddam, the goof-ups of Bush.

Excellent performances, rib-ticklish humour makes 'Phas Gaye Re Obama' one of the most amusing films of this year.

Rating: 4 stars for this one!