Cast: Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav, Tusshar Kapoor, Mithun Chakravarthy
Rating: ** ½
In the age of farcical humour, here comes a comedy that surprisingly isn’t straight-out slapstick but has some story attached to it. Don’t expect it to be immaculately intelligent and you could enjoy C Kkompany with its limited loopholes.
The film opens in the Hera Pheri mode showing three individuals in desperate need for money. Akshay Kumar (Tusshar Kapoor) is a crime show anchor on a news channel who aspires to elope with don Dattu Satellite’s (Mithun Chakravarthy) sister (Riama Sen) to Dubai. Joshi (Anupam Kher) is a retired accountant whose affluent son treats him like a liability. Lambodar (Rajpal Yadav) is handicapped by his height (or the lack of it) and ridiculed by his wife and son.
Drenched in despair, the trio makes a hoax call to Joshi’s son and ask for extortion money posing as a fictitious underworld gang called C Kkompany. Word spreads about this fabricated gang and soon it becomes the talk of the town. The trio uses the newly and accidentally acquired fame of C Kkompany to their benefit and start helping the common man through their con call warnings. Meanwhile Dattu faces a business threat with the arrival of his rival in underworld.
The major aspect where C Kkompany scores is that it’s a credible comedy which doesn’t take the logic-less path. Writer-director Sachin Yardi comes up with an interesting premise and handles it effectively to an extent. He faintly ignites a social revolution with the glorification of C Kkompany as a modern day Robin Hood gang but isn’t able to capitalize it to Gandhigiri extents like Munnabhai attempted.
Another highlight of the humour is the audacity of producer Ekta Kapoor to laugh on herself and her Balaji soaps that make up for some genuinely funny gags. Anyone who hates her sloppy soaps would love this film for the unapologetic take-off on the clichés that those serials resort to. Yardi exploits all our daily drawing room allegations on Balaji soap operas and very authentically interprets them in his film using our mundane nitpicks to his merit. Rarely do celebs indulge in self-satires and even if they do, it’s when they are down and out. It’s nervy of the Balaji team to spoof themselves when they are still live and kicking.
All said and done the film isn’t flawless and comes with its share of inconsistencies. This one could win an award for the ‘most abrupt and unwanted item numbers’ in Hindi films. Firstly Celina Jaitley lacks item appeal and from where in the world does she appear onscreen to dance with Tusshar Kapoor? They no more bother to even justify it as a dream sequence. Yawn! The soundtrack is a compilation of interrupting item number garbage. The editing is rather loose and some scenes go on and on even after the humour has ended.
From the cameos, Mahesh Bhatt is senselessly wasted as a talk show host without any purpose, parody or humour. Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor are used more reasonably though Ekta is awfully camera conscious. The horde of other television celebrities fail to recreate an Om Shanti Om kinda starry appeal which the background score attempts to suggest while playing the OSO title track.
From the cast, Anupam Kher and Rajpal Yadav have better comic timing and show more screen presence than Tusshar Kapoor. Tusshar isn’t bad but should strictly stay away from item numbers that are incorporated for visual appeal. Raima is redundant. Mithun Chakravarthy is enjoyable as long as he hams.
Only for the fact that this comedy has some story to say, C Kkompany can be attempted. See it in carefree company!