117 Min | Comedy – Crime – Drama | November 2008
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Starring: Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Review: Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ is one of the best Hindi films of recent years. A dark satirical comedy revolving around a young thief, it is amazingly enjoyable and fresh and can provide a spectacular watch for the entire family. For all the smart-alecks, Banerjee does not try to glorify theft or anything of this sort but instead makes sure the viewer does not take it seriously and just enjoys this energetic and engaging, though a somewhat slow paced film. ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ is the comic, albeit a bit sad, story of a thief named Lucky which follows his experiences while looking for different people to rob and his subsequent attempts to quit the ‘profession’.
‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’, is not your run-of-the-mill masala comedy. The comedy lies in the writing and the script. It does not even have song numbers for the actors to lip-sync, and you can only hear one song playing over certain montage sequences from time to time. And which song? A famous Kishore Kumar number which was taken right from an old Hindi picture of the late 1970s (Mahesh Bhatt’s Lahu Ke Do Rang, to be specific). This, along with other such aspects as the great cinematography, the editing and the settings, perfectly contributes to the film’s nostalgic and simple feel which will certainly be identified with Banerjee’s style of film-making in coming days.
With the movie ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’, Abhay Deol ultimately became favourite actor of the current generation. He is outstanding from start to finish and injects charm and energy into his character, which make it interesting and memorable. Manjot Singh is also fantastic as the young Lucky. Neetu Chandra is also likable as his love interest. Paresh Rawal plays three different characters in the movie. As funny as it sounds, the three characters have absolutely no connection in the story, and Rawal plays every role excellently. Richa Chadda, Archana Puran Singh and Kalpana stand out in smaller comic parts. Lucky is an intelligent and humorous movie. It is stylish in its own way, it is feel-good, romantic and effervescent, and, it is also addictive! ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ is a film that really can make you feel good. Way to go, Mr. Banerjee and Mr. Deol.