Saas Bhau aur Sensex is a spectacularly ill-timed film.? Director Shona Urvashi?s paean to a booming sensex and shining India comes when globally financial markets are in freefall.?
Of course Urvashi had little control over this. But what she must take blame for is this staggeringly incoherent film.? Saas Bhau aur Sensex, about kitty party housewives who convert from saas bhau serial addicts to savvy stock investors, had the potential to be a fun, female-empowerment film.?
Instead Urvashi, working from her own screenplay, has created a film that is devoid of depth, textures and even a narrative arc.?
The characters lurch from one scene to another so mindlessly that neither they nor we have any clarity on what this film is about or where it is heading.
Flesh and blood characters might have smoothened the clumsy plot but Urvashi has gone with the usual caricatures?so we have the talkative Punjabi wife; the Sindhi couple who marry their daughter to a boy from Hong Kong; the Tamilians who love Kamal Hassan, the token Muslim family and Kirron Kher as the enlightened and resourceful Bengali single mom.?
We also have a sub-plot about the younger generation who work in call centers and spiffy coffee shops.? This lot is even less interesting.?
The only actor who can rise above the mess is Farooq Sheikh who plays a Parsi stockbroker.?
He is wonderful as the bumbling, good-natured curmudgeon.?Saas, Bhau aur Sensex, which, believe it or not, is Warner Bros first foray into Bollywood, is a cinematic train-wreck.? Steer clear.