BANK CHOR (2017)

Bank Chor is a confusing film. While the trailers will make you believe it to be a comedy, the film for a very large part remains a heist film with a twist in the tale. I went into it expecting comedy and after the initial 15-20 minutes of it, realized that I was not going to get any. That was disappointing, to say the least, but then somehow I got hooked into the thrill elements that the film was so desperately trying to build. The question for a large part still remained whether it could make up for the lack of comedy with the thrills and the twists and turns that it had to offer.

Champak (Riteish Deshmukh) and his two cronies plan to loot a bank and go ahead with the plan with very little but their own gusto. Once inside the bank, they have to contend with their own incompetence, a marauding CBI officer, Amjad Khan (Vivek Oberoi) who has literally been invited to the crime and a greater plan that is afoot. While the gang tries desperately to loot and run with the spoils, they are more often than not forced to change their plan and improvise. The matter gets worse when they learn that Amjad Khan already has a man inside the bank who will reveal himself and take control within an hour.

I have to admit that this film had an interesting premise. The plot, no matter how porous, had its merits. The finale is hard to predict even though there are hints towards it here and there. Riteish Deshmukh is an extremely likable actor and when he is in flow you enjoy his act. Vivek Oberoi is a great actor as we know him from his past films and here he has a role that suits his persona. Thus the two together work up some magic, to say the least. However, the film screeches to a halt somewhere in between the latter half of the first half up till the middle of the second half. That happens owing to the insane amount of time dedicated to what can be called at best a side character. The character played by Sahil Vaid is unnecessarily given a truckload of dialogs that not only hits the speed of the film but also puts you to sleep. This was a character that should have been kept brief and serious but he is made to make a mockery of himself and is given undeserving attention.

The film, however, recovers from this jolt towards the end and culminates on a breezy note. I was sort of impressed by the final twist and even though it felt highly implausible, it did entertain. The next issue which comes in the way of making this film good is the believability factor. The moment the film’s treatment takes a walk away from comedy, it treads into dangerous waters as then as the audience we start expecting some realism from it. The moment the film asks us to take it seriously, we are forced to look for reason and logic and it has multiple lapses of both peppered all across the narrative. Thus the seriousness is undermined too. Next, from time to time the film tries to revisit its comic mode which feels uneven and very distracting at times. Apart from the character of Vaid, almost all the other characters felt either unnecessary or irritating. In a character driven film, that’s not a good thing.

Overall, Bank Chor was hit by two very different factors arising out of its confusing treatment and tone. While the lack of comedy would be an easy pick owing to the fact that most of us went into it for that, the lack of reason and logic hit it as it tried to turn into a serious thriller. While Riteish and Vivek did their best to infuse some life into the performances and the narrative as a whole, they couldn’t ultimately pull the film out from a rut that it dug itself into primarily because of the unnecessary time and attention paid to Sahil Vaid’s character, utter lack of reason and logic and the painful lack of laughs. You can miss Bank Chor this week. You wouldn’t miss much.

Rating : 2/5 (2 out 5 Stars)

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