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Take this Ferrari ride

After a week swamped with high-octane flicks like Rowdy Rathore and Shanghai, Ferrari Ki Sawaari comes as an absolute delight. There is possibly no other way to describe the film. It would be safe to say that a movie like this would work no matter what the mood of the box office.

The current status of the industry swings between the ludicrous that scores and the gritty real, Ferrari... nestles in the middle. It’s a fairytale. not many recent ventures can make you feel like that, an oft heard cliche, but so incredibly true for this movie.

Rusy (Sharman Joshi) is the perfect father and the perfect son. He never does a thing wrong and voluntarily offers to pay fine even when he’s not stopped by the cops. His son Kayo (Ritwik Sahore) — who lives, breathes and dreams cricket — learns from him. In a heartwarming scene, Kayo tells the umpire that the match-clinching catch he just took was not the wicket taking moment but a boundary.

Ferrari... thrives on moments like these, just as something nice happens the audience is waiting for something nicer. The plot is simple, Kayo has the chance to get to London for a cricket coaching camp but Rusy can’t afford the fees. Rusy can hardly get money to buy his son a new bat or the new pair of sports shoes the child desperately needs, but he marks them all with a red ‘K’ for his son, and goes about to save judiciously.
In comes the Ferrari that could be the answer to their dreams but could also turn all things upside down. When a politician is promised a Ferrari for his son’s wedding
by the street-smart wedding planner, Rusy gets pulled into the mad ride of procuring the car for a few hours and then returning it to its rightful owner on time. The problem is that the only red metal demon in the city belongs to Sachin Tendulkar. When the keys of the car literally drop into Rusy’s hands, it’s clear things are going to change.

The movie is a roller-coaster ride of emotions, in moments the audience is dragged between smiling to hoping that Kayo gets to London. But not even for a second will anyone stop rooting for the father-son-grandfather trio. The director has aced their chemistry and the family is as perfect in their crazy imperfections as it is histrionically possible.

Sharman and Boman Irani (Deboo) are actors of sheer brilliance, they glide in their roles so beautifully that it is hard to imagine them in any other role. Sharman, with his slight excess weight, stoic goodness and optimism will tear your eyes over as he cries on national TV for Kayo. In his moment of anger, he drops his guard only because his son is missing; when he threatens his father’s old friend for playing dirty politics — he’s perfectly poised. Boman plays the perfect grumpy grandfather, ex-Ranji player, who had zealously guarded his son from the evil behind the nation’s favourite sport. Deboo goes in all guns blazing for his grandson, even though he may never recover from the injustice he had lived through.

From Kayo’s coach to the wedding planner, the cops, politicians, the driver and the building guard — the casting director has made no mistakes. They are all perfect. Child actor Ritwik Sahore is a revelation. He’s absolutely adorable as the cricket crazy 12-year-old who loves his father. No overacting, no unnecessary scenes for this child. His wide-eyed wonder as he steps into lord’s to his rock steady faith in his father - Kayo wins the game for the movie.

If you are waiting to hear about Vidya Balan’s item number, sorry to dampen matters, the song is redundant. In fact, one hoped it wraps up soon so the story goes forward. Ferrari... is wonderful. We gave it half a star less for the catastrophe called Vidya Balan.

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