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Movie Review: Bank Chor


Movie Review: Bank Chor
Director: Bumpy
Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Rhea Chakraborty, Prakash Raj, Sahil Vaid, Bhuvan Arora and Vikram Thapa


Rating: 3 stars

Quick take: Slick comedy with hilarious dialogue

Bank Chor is a heist comedy that quickly transforms into an action thriller and then gets back to the heist concept. The best parts of this film are the witty dialogues and the cleverly written situations. While the film does falter on one or two occasions, it largely pulls off its conman setting with spunk and smart tongue-in-cheek writing. Purely to provide it a genre classification, Bank Chor can be compared to movies like Now You See Me and Bluffmaster. It's just as outlandish as those films and just as entertaining too.

The story kicks off inside a bank, as the unlikely trio of Champak (Riteish Deshmukh), Genda (Vikram Thapa) and Gulab (Bhuvan Arora) appear in disguise with intentions of robbing the place. Outside the bank is an army of police, CBI and journalists while the bumbling idiots inside struggle with a hostage situation. CBI officer Amjad Khan (Vivek Oberoi) is the tough cop who's just biding his time before he nails the rookie thieves inside the bank. The good part of Bank Chor is the constant Mumbai versus Delhi argument between Riteish Deshmukh's Champak and his aides Genda and Gulab who helm from Faridabad and Ghaziabad. Instead of teaming up and robbing the bank, the three bumbling idiots spend time arguing about differences between Delhi and Mumbai. The repartee and banter in these conversations is hilarious. There are plenty of twists and turns in the screenplay. At one point, Bank Chor feels like an Abbas Mustan thriller, what with double cross, deceit and murder becoming the mainstay of the story. But the witty comedy keeps the thrill of the concept alive. 

The writing of the film stays solid for the most part. The loopholes come out once the twists start revealing themselves in the second half, but even then the film manages to keep a light vein and it entertains with ease. The team of writers behind Bank Chor has to be given credit for successfully incorporating sundry everyday information like dual sim phones, mobile roaming charges, data connectivity issues etc into the story. These moments are seamless and make the film engaging and funny.

Another strong aspect of Bank Chor are the performances. Apart from the main cast, there are lot of small performances that add value to the comedy and heist elements of the story. But the stand out performers of this film are Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Sahil Vaid, Bhuvan Arora and Vikram Thapa. While Riteish, Bhuvan and Vikram get the comedy bang on, Vivek and Sahil excel in their intense roles. Rhea Chakraborty brings in a dash of glamour and her Bengal inspired humour is good too. The ‘ArGo’ dialogue is sheer brilliance. 

Bank Chor and its ‘smart comedy’ setup, especially in the second half isn't the most intelligent piece of creative writing. Even though the film and its narrative treatment feels like a Delhi Belly, it never quite becomes as detailed and sharp as it should be. But what Bank Chor excels at is creating a hilarious banter between its lead characters. Three guys deliver some excellent punchlines and quirky dialogue to entertain in a breezy two-hour film. Director Bumpy and his team of writers may not have done enough to please the classes, but their spunky little film has enough thrills and laughs to give the massy crowds value for money. Bank Chor is definitely a comedy worth watching.

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