Helmed by Sumit Ghildiyal and Suman Adhikary, the film ‘Sorry Bhaisaab’ on Amazon MiniTV rotates on the story of a middle-class couple, who gets hoodwinked and burglarized, leaving the viewers charmed with its irony and the unending dilemma of the consequences and almost giving you a ‘guilty laughter’.
The film stars Gauhar Khan and Sharib Hashmi in the lead roles; however, you just get one name to revolve all across the film, ‘Gupta Ji’ led by Sharib Hashmi, as his neighbours and neighbourhood shopkeeper call him. This again brings us to the very realistic treatment of a usual ‘Indian’ neighbourhood setting, where people are called by their surnames and a ‘Ji’ prefix.
Sharib Hashmi aka Gupta Ji plays a typical middle-class miser man in the film, trying to become a fitness enthusiast to shed the extra pounds, extremely fond of his red car and is concerned about it as his wife is likely to learn to drive and buy a new car; which apparently he tries to avoid.
Gauhar Khan brilliantly plays the role of a middle-class Indian housewife, who is keen to buy a new car and is learning how to drive and is fond of kitty parties, and keeps on teasing her husband about his shabby red car.
With all the apt elements of Indian society and colloquialism, this 20 minutes short film offers you a perfect blend of realism and satire. Starting from Gupta Ji’s conversation with the neighbourhood shopkeeper in the opening scene to Gupta Ji and his regular tussle with his wife at home, coerced to make the film a distinct one.
But as you go deep into it, you see yourself laughing with a pang of slight guilt, as the family gets hoodwinked and completely robbed at the end, unexpectedly. What’s more, the evident and fine treatment of the ironies, arose within the scenes, dialogues and the characters; makes the film a must-watch.
- Bhagwan Ka Ishaara
When the car gets stolen, Gauhar insistingly calls it a ‘divine’ sign, pointing to Shree Krishna from a ‘Mahabharata’ hooked on the wall, that to buy a new car; and then when Gupta Ji gets the car with a ‘Sorry’ note and movie tickets, he thinks it a ‘divine’ sign too, and finds the ‘sorry’ note too believable and goes to see ‘Bhai’s’ movie, and then comes back to his ‘robbed’ apartment; however, the burglars leave the poster back on the wall; and the film ends as Gupta Ji looks at it.
- Sorry Bhaisaab
The film’s title itself is an irony. As Gupta Ji gets back his car with a sorry note from the burglars; he gets so mad in joy and euphoria of getting his car back, he finds the note too believable, and convinces his wife that he would buy the car after 3 months and go for the ‘Bhai’s’ movie; comes back to his empty apartment, realising he’s been robbed; his wife asks ‘How did they know we went for a movie’, and Gupta Ji’s daughter brings him another ‘Sorry Bhaisaab’ note from the same burglars.
What’s more, while the director finely ornamented the comic timings within the scenes, but at the same time, the situations, the settings and the ground nuances of a common middle-class family and their desires, emotions and lifestyle.
We would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. A definitely must-watch 20 minutes of cherishing comic relief amidst your busy lifestyle