Phas Gaye Re Obama(2010):"Small budget big laughs! It's one of those rare Hindi films that's funny and smart at the same time!"
Phas Gaye Re Obama showcases how global recession/meltdown impacted lives, affecting not just an America-based businessman, but also an underworld don in the dusty plains of small-town India.
Phas Gaye Re Obama traces the journey of Om Shastri[Rajat Kapoor], an American citizen of Indian origin, who loses all his wealth overnight to the global recession and is asked to vacate his home by the bank, unless he pays up $100,000 within 30 days.
Seeing no other option, Om comes to India to sell a small piece of property.
But within days of landing in India, he is kidnapped by a 'recession-hit' underworld gang [Sanjay Mishra, Manu Rishi, Amit Sial], who think that he is still a millionaire.
How do the gangsters cope with their catch forms the rest of the story.
Handled deftly by Subhash Kapoor, an extremely talented director, the film has several sequences that stay in your memory.
He has written a fresh subject and his likening the kidnapping business to any other business is quite hilarious.
Even the humour is more for the class audience than the masses.
Subhash Kapoor’s dialogues are witty and enjoyable.
It is an engaging film because of its largely original writing.
Also, director Subhash Kapoor allows the actors enough room to interpret their characters well.
Rajat Kapoor as the suave NRI is natural, Neha Dhupia as Lady Gabbar is convincing, Sanjay Mishra as the broke gangster is incredible, Manu Rishi as the helpless sidekick of the gangster is wonderful and Amole Gupte as the gangster/politician gets his timing spot-on. Although each actor pitches in a commendable performance, I'd like to single out Sanjay Mishra and Manu Rishi for making every sequence they feature in, tremendous.
In short,Phas Gaye Re Obama is must watch delightful light movie.