Champak (Ritesh Deshmukh), Gulab (Bhuvan Arora) and Genda (Vikram Thappa) break into a bank in order to loot it. But as it is their first ever heist, they jumble up things and act like imbeciles as a result of which they are unknowingly tricked into setting up the alarm for the police.
Now with the law enforcers at the door, what is the trio gonna do? Will they escape or will they have to surrender?
Positive points: –
- Bank Chor is not like the quintessential heist flicks, it’s different and in a lot many ways. Kuddos to the novel ideation behind it!
- A thrilling second half which not only ameliorates the cinematic experience but also abates the wrath caused by the first half.
- The twists of the movie! I won’t say much but would rather expect you to watch it and let me know how you felt. *Winks*
- This may seem unnecessary to mention for some, but it’s a good thing that the makers have done away with any kind of songs in the runtime of Bank Chor for it would have been an unnecessary distraction.
- Last but not the least, the performances of Sahil Vaid, Ritesh Deshmukh, Vivek Oberio and most other essential cast members have been wonderful. Everyone has justified their jobs and the former three have nailed it in their respective avatars especially Vaid.
Negative points: –
- A forcefully comic and zestless first half which may give you an impression that you have wasted your money. But believe me; wait for the second half! *Winks again*
- The filmmakers seemed confused whether to make it more comical or more thrilling. I wished they had focused more on the latter element chiefly in the first half.
- I won’t call out for plotholes but it seems like a still lot remains to be explained about what happened in the film. I won’t go into the details as I don’t wanna give away any spoilers. *Grins*
Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –
Bumpy is more known as a member of the Roadies backstage team than a director. His last venture ie Luv Ka The End wasn’t very successful and honestly I didn’t have much expectations from him this time either. Interestingly he has managed to surprise us with his work in this movie and even though he is far from perfect, he has been impressive nevertheless. He can however handle his actors in a better way for example Vivek Oberoi’s sternness is presented as a comical element in the first half but in the second half it’s treated in a serious manner. In my views he shouldn’t have tried comedy with Oberoi’s character and infact focused more on the thrill part in the first half. Anyways, kudos to him for his sublime work.
Baljeet Singh Marwa and Ishita Moitra had scripted a very intelligent story with a lot of awesome twists which would manage to surprise you quite effectively. But the execution wasn’t that great mostly because of poor character development and also the fact that a lot of things seem to be happening much easily than they can be viz. the hostages escaping from the bank. The comedy too was tepid but the script still gives you enough kicks to hold you onto your seats especially in the second half. A few scenes like Amjad Khan’s (Vivek Oberoi) first interaction with the trio could have been written in a much better way. Nonetheless, they have done quite a stellar job with the writing in the second half and turned the tables smartly. Overall I would say they have done a fairly good job.
The editing and cinematography by Saurabh Kulkarni and Adil Afsar respectively has been excellent especially towards the end of the movie. The movie does have music but only as an album which you can download and hear from internet because they are missing throughout the runtime and for the good. The background music could have been better as at times we have comical sound pieces in badass sequences.
Sahil Vaid has done the best work in the flick. After enthralling us as Somdev in Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, he returns in a completely different avatar and even better than before. I vote him as the rising star of the year.
Ritesh Deshmukh can pull of comedy with ease and this fact is not unknown to any of us. Hence I needn’t comment on his performance because we all know that he must have been stupendous in it and literally he is.
Vivek Oberoi has pulled of a strange character justifiably mostly because he was also a part of a comic movie and his character had to be comical at times. He would have done even better if his character had been separated from humour but that’s not his fault as he is sterling.
Vikram Thappa may not have been much impressive but Bhuva Arora has done a good job even though he didn’t get much chances to showcase his talent. The montage where he rants at Mumbaikars is truly awesome.
Rhea Chakraborthy didn’t have a very tough role and anyone could have pulled it off easily. Nothing exceptional about her work, but there isn’t anything negative about it either. She needs much better characters to showcase her talent.
Final Verdict: –
After Meri Pyaari Bindu, Bank Chor has been a surprise because honestly no one had expected it to be so good. I still can’t believe that I enjoyed watching the movie in a theatre and that too after being convinced by the first half that this movie isn’t worth it. The movie has been a rare experience where the first half seems shoddy but in the second half each and every element that made it shoddy is explained in such a way that you can’t help but appreciate the shrewdness of the script. An extra 1 mark for being an out of the box and intelligent heist thriller (I won’t say comedy). All you need to do it is just sit through the first half and move to the next. Believe me that’s the only price you would pay for watching this flick.