It’s fun to watch movies based on a heist, a bank robbery or simply the Chor-Police theme, isn't it?. They give adrenaline rush, the sudden twists of fate and drama make for good edge of the seat thrill; and the action that entails is certainly what movie making is meant for. Films like 'The Bank Job', Flypaper, Inside Man, Heat, Mad Money, Happy New Year, Dhoom series, Aankhen have been successful in giving us the sinister plans and preparation behind a crime of this nature. Bank Chor is unfortunately a misfire. A comedy that is pointless and also not funny at all.
Three young men are out to rob a bank but it turns out that money was not the only thing at stake here. Also a twist in the end that cannot be revealed, makes this film fall partly into the category of a thriller too. Sadly the viewer is neither amused nor thrilled here.
The first half of the film is so weak in its writing that for good 30 minutes into the movie, you never understand what's on the mind of the story writer and the characters. The narrative matches the intelligence quotient of the detective Tv shows meant for little kids that I stumble upon while surfing Tv.
The characters Champak ( Riteish Deshmukh ), genda and Gulab are mostly dumb throughout the film and mumbling dialogues that are plain dimwitted. Also comes into the scene Amjad Khan ( Vivek Anand Oberoi ) who in the role of a dashing CBI officer is ready to shoot at his colleagues from the police department to prove his bravado on the crime scene and crush the spirit of the criminals and not just their bones. A senior Police official delivers the most repeated dialogue of hindi cinema, – "Keep me updated Mr. Khan, Home Ministry se bahaut pressure hai mujh par". You would sulk.
In the middle of the heist where random bullets are being fired, you see Ritesh who is a hardcore mumbaikar and his partners in crime fighting over which is the better city, Delhi or Mumbai? It’s hilarious and you wouldn't stop laughing out aloud. And when you do that, you realize your neighbors are doing the same.
Some seriously bad jokes are also at work constantly to turn the film into a non-serious enterprise. A fresh breath of air in this otherwise suffocating film is actor Sahil Vaid who through this performance in the role of another 'Bankchor' adds layers into an otherwise monotonous act of robbery. He delivers poetry while shooting bullets.
Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye
Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye
Also, "Naye Bismil ho tum, Wakif nahin Rasme Shahadat se" being a lover of good language I could heave a sigh of relief in the process that just wouldn't end. This character from Faizabaad alongwith Genda, Champak and Gulab try to weave a sense of regional unity and empathy which was although not a requirement for this film.
What I really laughed at though was Ritesh Deshmukh and his co actors taking potshots at each other in the end and they roasting him fully.
It’s a mindless and pointless film that seriously challenges your patience.