Fans of Akshay Khanna can rejoice on 3rd February. He has been missing from action for quite some time and one was beginning to wonder if the talented actor has faded into oblivion just like so many others who had potential but could not survive the test of time. Akshay is back and is back with something that has been haunting not just the common man but the who’s who of India. Yes, corruption it is. Gali Gali Chor Hai is a lighthearted take on the socio political situation of India through an honest and diligent man’s eyes.
Bharat (Akshay Khanna) is a normal man who rides his scooter to work every day after tending to daily chores back home, taking the garbage out to be dumped, getting the grocery from the local shop and more. He works in a bank as a cashier and his free evenings are dedicated to the local theatre where he religiously plays the character of Hanuman. His beautiful yet simple wife, Nisha (Shriya Saran) wishes him to get ambitious in life so they could have a better living but Bharat is more concerned and focused to play the character of Ram, which is reserved for the incapable Sattu Tripathi, the younger brother of MLA Manku Tripathi. While this small reservation speaks of minor corruption or rather absence of protest against what is wrong, the foil is provided by Bharat’s father (Satish Kaushik) who is an idealist and dreams of a free and fair India. The story takes a little deviation when Amita (Mugdha Godse) comes in to stay with the family and Nisha starts to feel insecure in the presence of a bombshell.
Now, that the premise is all set, we have a corrupt politician (Manku), a corrupt police officer (played by Annu Kapoor) and countless corrupt lawyers, bureaucrats and in short, everyone in the system and those governing it. Sick and tired of nonsense all around, the common man in Bharat makes way for a revolutionary and he bites back at the system and its corrupt practices. Good will always triumph and the evil shall always perish. Gali Gali Chor Hai promises to be another film on the anvil which would try to hammer a social message home. It remains to be seen if the message, conveyed in a humorous manner, manages to pierce through the audience or falls flat at the box office.
The movie brings back Anu Malik composing the music for a film after quite some time. It has Kailash Kher lending his voice to the title track which is set to be a hit with the rural masses if not the urban youth. Produced by One Up Entertainment, Gali Gali Chor Hai is directed by Rumi Jaffrey and co written by Momukshu Godse. Oh yes, the movie features an item number, every film needs to have one irrespective of genre and setting, by the infamously famous Veena Malik.
Whether Bharat gets to play Ram on the stage and if he manages to slap the system and win the fight is what constitutes the film and the pretty beauties (Shriya, Mugdha and Veena) would (expectedly) have hardly anything to contribute.