Oye Mamu! Movie Review: A Comic Rollercoaster Ride! Fun for the entire family
In a sea of risqué content that's flooding the digital platforms, Oye Mamu! is a rare, clean and hilarious comedy that one can actually enjoy with the entire family. Though the film is releasing after a little delay, we feel that there couldn't have been a better time for it to release, with kids getting bored in the confinement of their homes due to the pandemic lockdown. Oye Mamu! revolves around Rohit (Ruslaan Mumtaz), a young man who often invests in risky businesses in the hope of getting rich overnight and his naughty bhanja Akhil (Tanay Chheda) loves getting his mama into trouble and thus, there’s no love lost between the two. Rohit’s nightmare comes true when his sister leaves Akhil with him as she goes on a Europe trip with her husband. They have a bumpy start but things get really crazy as they get embroiled in a diamond robbery, which takes them all the way to Mumbai, with cops and dreaded gangsters following them. How did they get involved in this heist? Why are the gangsters and cops after them? Did they really steal the diamond? Well, to know the answers to these questions you will have to watch the film. Ruslaan Mumtaz is perfect in his role as the gullible and sweet mamu. He brings a lot of innocence to his character who at heart is a good soul, though not the brightest of budding entrepreneurs out there, always wanting to make a quick buck, and has great screen presence. Tanay Chheda’s Akhil not only gets on his uncle’s nerves but the audience’s too. We are sure that kids like him are the reason why adages like ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’ were made in the first place. He is annoying just as his character was supposed to be, and the younger audiences out there will love him for his daring escapades. Kulraj Randhawa is playing the role of a cop in the movie and does well. Though she is a good actor, she doesn’t have much to do in this slapstick comedy about the mama-bhanja duo. The makers could have easily done away with her character and the love angle. Gulshan Grover is playing the antagonist Pinky Bhaiyya and he is brilliant as always. However, it was Brijendra Kala’s comic-timing and natural acting that caught my attention. Though he has a very small role, he makes a terrific impact. The rib-tickler also stars Asrani, Tiku Talsania, and Mohan Kapoor and they have lent able support to the movie, being the veteran actors that they are. Director Vikram Singh has made an engaging entertainer but he could have surely worked a little more on the staging. The songs are good but the background score is okay and the Adnan Sami track ‘phas gaya re!’ playing in the background every time Ruslaan messes up, adds to the fun. This is a fun film for kids and adults alike, a complete family entertainer, a refreshing relief from all the adult content being served on digital platforms. If you like entertaining no-brainers, then this movie would be right up your alley. Yes, it has some plot loopholes but overall it’s a smooth watch and kids will definitely enjoy it. With a chase sequence, the romantic angle and lots of humour, the movie has something for everybody. So, watch it with your children and get some much-needed respite for a good two hours.