Well Done Abba is from the well established stable of Shyam Benegal. This great film maker can make a great satire on the present political system. Right from Ankur, to this film, he always had the gift of subtle satire on both the social and political systems at play as the days go on.
Well Done Abba is the story of a common man, in this context, Armaan Ali (Boman Irani), a driver to a rich businessman in Mumbai, who oversteps his leave period by two months. In that period, he goes to Chikkadapalli in Hyderabad to get a suitable groom to his daughter Muskaan (Minissha Lamba) who is staying with his twin brother Rehman Ali (Boman Irani again)
and his wife Salma (Ila Arun). In between, he takes up the work of digging a well at his own plot through a government scheme. Then, the real drama of political drama along with the apathetic bureaucracy starts.
In the final stages, the struggle to get the state government to dig a well is taken up by Armaan Ali’s daughter Muskaan and her silent lover Arif (Sameer Dattani).
Bomman Irani is at his best in his double role and Benegal extracts the best out of him. Minnisha Lamba, surprisingly, performs well beyond her usual thespian talents. Ila Arun and Sameer Dattani have author backed roles and so they can never go wrong. Ravi Kissen, Salim Ghouse, Sonali Kulkarni, Rajit Kapoor, Yashpal Sharma and Ravi Jhankal have very interesting roles.
Shyam Benegal is at his best in telling a tale and the subtle humour he
incorporates in the narration is both fascinating and factual. He is a past master of screenplay and many can learn from him. This film is very poignant, relevant and rich in relating to the very present. Technically, you can’t find any fault.
When you watch this movie, you will have to say Well Done Benegal. The film is as pleasant and pleasing as the music of Abba. The satire stirs our conscience, if we have one
The Cast and Crew
Boman Irani, Minissha Lamba, Sameer Dattani, Ravi Kissen, Ila Arun, Salim
Ghouse, Sonali Kulkarni, Rajit Kapoor, Yashpal Sharma, Ravi Jhankal
Lyriciss: Ila Arun, Swanand Kirkire, Ashok Mishra,
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Sound Department: Hitendra Ghosh
Visual Effects by:Rajiv Raghunathan
Story / Writer : Shyam Benegal & Ashok Mishra
Produced by :Raj Pius
Executive producer: Aparna Purohit
Production Banner: Reliance Big Pictures
Screenplay: Ashok Mishra & Shyam Benegal
Director : Shyam Benegal
3.25 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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