Lucky (Abhay Deol) walks away from his home as a teenager after he was ill-treated by his father (Paresh Rawal). He becomes a thief and fancies himself in robbing. Gogi Bhai (Paresh Rawal) acts as a middle-man to sell the stolen goods of Lucky. Lucky later develops differences with Gogi and falls out with him. Then he meets a veterinary doctor (Paresh Rawal) who gives him an idea of starting a restaurant business together. The rest of the story is all about how lady luck smiles on Lucky.
Abhay Deol is good as Lucky. This role requires difficult emotions to be played in a subtle way. And he does a fine job of it. He closely resembles Dharmendra. Neetu Chandra has given a balanced performance as a college going girl who falls in love with a guy knowing that he is a thief. Paresh Rawal did three roles in the film. He is very good.
Story - screenplay - direction: The story of the film is inspired by a real-time thief named 'Bunty' who is passionate about stealing goods from affluent localities in New Delhi. Since the story is inspired by a real character, there is not much of a drama to be included to make the film cinematic. Hence the director has chosen to show the different escapades of the thief in various ways. Director has written the character of Lucky beautifully by mixing the flamboyant robbing style with longing desire to have father/brother relationships with the people he meets. The director might have chosen to cast Paresh Rawal to play 3 characters because Lucky character is closely connected to these three fatherly figure characters at various phases of his life. Screenplay of the film is alright. Direction is good. But the selection of story and the treatment will not appeal to an average moviegoer. Narration of the film is slow. The following scenes narrate the flamboyancy of Lucky.
1. Escapes from jail using the bike of the cop.
2. Takes the help of chowkidar to carry the TV set while escaping through the chowkidar's owner's car.
3. Says good morning to the lady who got up and saw him robbing her house.
4. He robs the house of a news reporter who anchors a TV program detailing the modus-operandi of Lucky.
5. A girl coming from jogging asks him if the music system he was taking was hers, he replies that yes and adds the he replaced it with a new one.
The following issues are not convincing
1. The director has shown much interest in showing the flamboyance in the acts of Lucky. But it does not sound realistic as cops do not seem to have a serious/competent role to play.
2. The escapades of the thief sound repetitive after certain point of time because the runtime of the movie is very lengthy considering the wafer thin story line and plain narrating style.
Other technical departments: Dialogues in the film are natural. Music is alright. The way slide show of photos is shown at various points of the film is good. Cinematography is nice. Editing of the film should have been crisp.
Analysis: Dibakar Benerjee's first film 'Khosla Ka Ghosla' (KKG) was a commercial hit bagged the national award as the best film. It had sensible stuff as well as very good entertainment value for the general public. Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye (OLLO) does not even come anywhere close to KKG. OLLO is more like a personal film made on the life of a burglar. It looks at the lighter side of it robbery. If we look from that point view, the movie might look different. If you go to the movie with regular orientation, you will get disappointed because the film follows no popular style/screenplay to narrate the story. Though OLLO is a well directed film, it might become an unappealing fare for an average moviegoer.
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