31 October, 2020

Phas Gaye Re Obama

A dry, wry wit runs through the film, making you smile rather than laugh out loud

Phas Gaye Re Obama

Starring: Rajat Kapoor, Sanjay Mishra, Manu Rishi
Directed by: Subhash Kapoor
Rating: ***

If America sneezes, the world has to catch a cold. Phas Gaye Re Obama is spun on a similar quirky concept—how recession in the US affects the well-oiled, institutionalised kidnapping business in a north Indian small town. There’s a bunch of likeable crooks, headed by the irrepressible Sanjay Mishra, finding it hard to survive. There are no bullets in the guns, no outgoing on the mobiles. But the English speaker amongst them (delightful Manu Rishi) dreams of progress and expansion. Things come to a head when an NRI (the ever-dependable Rajat Kapoor) returns home to sell his haveli to pay off his debts back in the US. Mistaken for a rich man, he gets kidnapped, only for the crooks to realise he is more a...



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