Oye’s Dibakar Banerjee superchor Lucky Lucky Oye always packs a punch
Lucky is a simple man who like many others had a difficult childhood so he wants to make up for it all as soon as possible. He wants to earn enough respect and money, but the path he chooses to get there is unorthodox. Lucky by Dibakar Banerjee is a ‘superchore’ who flies like a gentle criminal but deep inside him is an ordinary boy from Delhi who will welcome his victims with a ‘namaste’ before looting their property.
The 2008 film Oye Lucky Lucky Oye was a dark comedy that dealt with the classic theme of ‘haves versus have-nots’ and the clear gulf between their worlds that cannot be bridged even with huge sums of money. New India had a dark side which the director explored through a man who understands that the rich and famous didn’t get there by walking in the right direction.
It was Dibakar’s second film after Khosla Ka Ghosla and the director, who had shown his astute understanding of how a middle class Delhi household functioned in his first film, honed that understanding even more and applied it to the characters. individual of it.
For the uninitiated, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye follows Lucky, a charming con artist who is unafraid of almost everything in this world. He comes from a lower middle class family, but that hasn’t really stopped him from getting all the luxuries he always wanted. What if he had to steal them? He dreams of having a loving girlfriend, a supportive family and dancing at his wedding, even though he has to pay them to do so. But Lucky is not always lucky because he is constantly on the run from the police. The bane of his existence are the three father figures (all three played by an excellent Paresh Rawal) who are the main villains in his life.
At the time of this film’s release, India was on the verge of opening up to multiplex cinema. It was the movies that worked in the newly created multiplex that were a world apart from single screen theaters where only the masala and marquee names worked. Abhay Deol had a dream in films that may not have made a lot of money at the box office, but certainly made a place in Indian cinema history. Here, Dibakar used Abhay’s endearing personality and made his character incredibly charming. Abhay’s Lucky disarms his victims with his spirit as he steals their TVs, refrigerators, jewelry, and even their pet dogs.
Dibakar has tried to show how the young boy becomes a hardened criminal, starting in his teenage years (where he is played by a convincing Manjot Singh). The use of slow motion when Lucky sees something he wishes he could have and the musical theme that appears when Lucky experiences euphoria become the classic markers of Lucky’s character arc.
Using the same actor for three different characters in a movie was an unconventional move at the time, but Dibakar managed to do it quite successfully. Lucky’s first villain is his father who brings home an “aunt” who disrupts his family life. The second comes in the form of Gogi Bhai, who thinks he can play Lucky like a violin but doesn’t realize that Lucky could never be a sycophant. And the third, who probably does the most damage to his ego – Mr. Handa. Handa is Lucky’s entry into the ‘gentry valet log’ so when he versus Lucky, it cuts deep.
Oye Lucky Lucky Oye is the kind of comedy that makes you laugh at a funeral scene in the most unexpected way, but when Dibakar delves deep into his protagonist’s psyche as he meets his brother in the mountains, you feel the pain he feels.
Since its release, the film has been widely celebrated for its music, dark comedy, and performances, and rightly so. Richa Chadha’s debut as Dolly is quite remarkable here. Manu Rishi’s film dialogue (who also played Bangali) in the film still crackles and features a certain Delhi that has since been explored in many other films. But at the time, it was a novelty.
In the years that followed, Dibakar directed films like Love Sex Aur Dhokha, Shanghai, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and parts of Bombay Talkies, Lust Stories and Ghost Stories, but the courage he showed in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye always packs a punch.
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