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Review: Do Dooni Chaar

Do Dooni Chaar is a modest film and I mean that in the best sense of the word. I recommend that you make time for it.

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST

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Review: Do Dooni Chaar
  • Genre:
    Drama/Comedy
  • Cast:
    Neetu Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor
  • Director:
    Habib Faisal
Pics:Do Dooni Chaar
Pics:Premiere of Do Dooni Chaar

Do Dooni Chaar has something you don?t see often in the movies these days: grace. There is an inherent niceness and decency in this story of a middle class family struggling to upgrade from a scooter to a car. So you overlook the somewhat annoying voice-over, the insistently loud background music and the occasional clumsy patches and go home with a smile on your face.

Writer-director Habib Faisal gives us an authentic slice of Delhi life. It?s hard to imagine this comes from the same man who wrote plastic fantasies such as Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Tara Rum Pum.

Here much of the action takes place in a DDA flat, where the Duggals live, all of them chafing against the stretched-to-the-max monthly
household budget.

The children crave Ipods and branded t-shirts. Mrs Duggal, played by Neetu Kapoor, keeps her savings in the chawal ka dabba, and longs for a new fridge. Mr Duggal, a math professor played by Rishi Kapoor, runs between school and coaching classes and struggles to keep up with the increasingly bewildering and consumerist, shining India.

The milieu might remind you of Dibakar Banerjee?s cinema but unlike Dibakar, Habib isn?t dark or edgy. Do Dooni Chaar never veers too far from sweet.

Much of this flavour comes from the casting of Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, who is playing a lead role after nearly 30 years. She is absolutely lovely.

The two have a chemistry and comfort that comes from an enduring togetherness. Watch the little interactions that add so much to their characters?in one scene, he orders the more affordable plain parathas but she coaxes him into getting the more expensive stuffed ones. Thankfully Habib?s script gives these two wonderful actors plenty to work with. Thankfully, it also stays the course.

Treading very gently, the director reminds us of what is truly important. Do Dooni Chaar is a modest film and I mean that in the best sense of the word. I recommend that you make time for it.

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