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Well Done Abba

Release Date : 26 March 2010
Year : 2010
Banner : Reliance Big Pictures
Producer : Reliance Big Pictures
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Genre : Drama | Social
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Well Done Abba is the story of Armaan Ali, a driver working for a Senior Executive in Mumbai, who goes on leave. He wants to find a match for his teenage daughter, who stays with his brother Rehman Ali and his wife Salma. When Armaan returns to work after 3 months his young employer wants to sack him. But Armaan Ali has a story to tell. The story he tells is a humorous and often hilarious account of the events and happenings that delayed him from returning after a month. He avails a government scheme to dig a well in his agricultural patch. Things spiral out of control so much so that the Government is about to collapse! The question remains, how true is this compelling story!

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'Well Done Abba': Two Good, Benegal!

By MovieTalkies.com, 27 March 2010 3.5 / 5

Huge dollops of humour fused cannily with a clutch of serious issues; a feat only a master director can pull off with panache. Exactly what Shyam Benegal achieves in 'Well Done Abba.' Corruption and unavailability of water in rural India, among other pertinent points, are woven into a satire laden with laughs, which yet manages to convey a message. But this time around, the filmmaker who begins to falter in the second half of the film, is saved by two of the best performances in recent times…from a pair of extremely talented, but underrated actors: Boman Irani and Minissha Lamba. Without revealing too much about the story, the film is set in the village of Chikatpali, Hyderabad, and revolves around the plight of Armaan Ali (Boman), as he attempts to utilise a government scheme for the poor, in order to build a well on his property to combat a serious lack of water in their village. A series of hilarious incidents later, lead to the real take off point for the film – when the well is proclaimed stolen! The absurdity behind the thought of a stolen well is juxtaposed against the real absurdity of the corruption plaguing the entire governmental system. Filled with comic characters including Armaan's twin brother Rehman (Boman in a double role) and his mad capper wife Salma (Ila Arun) along with various corrupt government officers and an extremely honest Aalif (Samir Dattani), the film's first half is replete with laughs galore, but the second half veers into a more emotional take on the situation and somewhere… the pace slackens and the proceedings seem to stretch. The several sub plots are tied up only post the climax, instead of ideally being wrapped up alongside the climax, possibly through a non linear edit. One feels that if Benegal had continued the story on a more comic note, the second half would have been as engaging as the first …as somewhere the film starts to shift from being a satire, to an emotional take on corruption. However what uplifts the second half are the wonderful performances by the entire cast, but most notably by the two key protagonists played by Boman and Minissha. One also wishes the film's production values could have been enhanced, while the music really doesn't do much for the film either. Sadly, at times, it shows that the film has been made on a tight budget. Boman Irani is brilliant as Armaan and Rehman Ali. He infuses such unbelievable innocence and naivety into Armaan and then does exactly the opposite with Rehman, proving his formidable range as an actor. His command over the accent coupled with his body language makes Armaan seem so absolutely real and defined. Watch out for the sequence when Armaan goes to the office to attain a "below the poverty line" certificate for the first time in which Boman will have you in splits clutching your stomach, while your heart will go out to him in the second half of the film. Minissha Lamba is the scene stealer of the film, though. Feisty and yet innocent, is how one can best describe her portrayal of Muskan, and Minissha has more than lived up to her reputation of being an extremely dependable performer. From her debut in 'Yahaan', to 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd', 'Dus Kahaniyaan' and recently in 'Bachna Ae Haseeno', Minissha has time and time again proved her ability to easily slide into any character and deliver a powerful, honest performance, breathing life into each character she has portrayed. Her command over the language and accent, as well as the mischievousness that she brings into many scenes is something only a seasoned actor can do. She measures up to Boman in each and every scene as a daughter who inspires and pushes her father to stand up and fight the corruption. Truly, an actress of today's generation who deserves strong, performance oriented roles. The pre interval sequence with Boman and the post interval sequence at the police station amply serve to prove the point. Of noteworthy mention is Ila Arun, whose introduction sequence when she screams "Fight ho jayegi!" will have you rolling in the aisles. In comparison, Sammir Dattani is a bit flat in terms of his performance, when compared to the others, but then one can attribute that to his character not having much scope for development in 'Well Done Abba'. All in all, a funny satire which loses a bit of steam in the second half where the proceedings could easily have been trimmed by 15 to 20 minutes. But with such amazing performances, one really cannot complain. Awesome Irani, magical Minissha.

Well Done Abba: Well Done, Shantanu

By MovieTalkies.com, 23 March 2010 3 / 5

As one of the pioneers of India's parallel cinema movement, Benegal's films have never played up to the tastes of the frontbenchers. In the last few years though, he's been toying with the mainstream, through films like 'Zubeida' and 'Welcome To Sajjanpur', combining his knack for visual storytelling and Bollywood's promotional muscles. He continues this year with 'Well Done Abba', a little slice of life satire starring Boman Irani and Minissha Lamba. The soundtrack of the film carries on similar lines, with some endearing, but not quite chartbusting music from Shantanu Moitra, his second film with Benegal since '…Sajjanpur'. Moitra finds some quirky arrangements to match the rather situational lyrics of the album by the likes of screenwriter Ashok Mishra, Swanand Kirkire and Ila Arun. The five track long album opens up with a funny recitation of Telugu numbers ('okati, rendu, moodu, naalugu') at the start of 'meri banno hoshiyar', which sarcastically relates a mother's woes about her growing daughter. The number is written and sung by Ila Arun, who is helped on vox by Daniel George. Shantanu chooses to contrast Ila's folk voice with contemporary electronic arrangements and catchy adlibbed choruses. Mohit Chauhan's 'hum toh apni bawdi lenge' is the clear star on the album, though, if for nothing else then Mishra's hilarious lyrical work that takes a look at the pitfalls of big government and bureaucracy. Chauhan's vocals find a much more energetic outlet here than the usual ballads he finds for himself on most Bollywood soundtracks, especially on the 'bawdi hum ko hona re' refrain. Swanand Kirkire too steps in for little vocal interlude. Be warned before listening to this track, though; you might just find yourself hooked. 'Sandesa sandesa', with Shreya Ghoshal and Rupankar on vocals, is a sweet melody, although nothing outstanding given the similar works that populate any of Moitra's other albums. Swanand Kirkire's lyrics too are fairly run of the mill, although it must be admitted that there isn't much space to get creative in a standard romantic duet such as this. Ashok Mishra's chooses to go with the eponymous 'doha' for the lyrics of the sufiana 'rahimanishq ka dhaga re'. Moitra's music is fairly straightforward, with a traditional, quiet arrangement, relying on bells, harmoniums and 'dhols', mostly. Raghav and Raja Hasan are also quite competent in their vocal work here. Hasan returns to accompany Krishna Beura on the last track of the album, 'pani ko taraste'. Beautifully arranged, the vocals alternate between Beura and Hasan, between the slow verses and frantic refrains, which along with Mishra's beautiful, story like lyrics, give the track a climactic feel. Moitra does well in parts on the 'Well Done Abba' soundtrack, where 'pani ko taraste' and 'hum toh apni bawdi lenge' are the clear strengths of the album, while 'meri banno hoshiyar' just revels in its quirkiness. Though he doesn't quite measure up on 'sandesa sandesa' and 'rahiman ishq ka dhaga re', three out of five isn't a bad score. The album is worth a listen, at the very least, and one is tempted to quip, well done, Shantanu...
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