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Well Done Abba hits cinemas today

india Updated: Mar 25, 2010 19:12 IST
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Boman IraniWell Done Abba, a political satire by veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, will release hit cinema today.

Produced by Reliance Big Pictures, the film's starcast includes Boman Irani in a double role including the title role of Abba and Minissha Lamba as his daughter. After her glamorous avatar in Kidnap, Minissha will be seen in a non-glamorous role in this fun-filled film. Sameer Dattani is playing Minissha's love interest.

Well Done Abba, earlier titled Abba Ka Kuan, also stars Sonali Kulkarni, Ravi Kishan, Ila Arun, Salim Ghouse, Rajit Kapoor, Yashpal Sharma, Ravi Jhankal and Rahul Singh. The film is inspired by two short stories - Narsaiyyan Ki Bavdi by Jeelani Bano and Phulwa Ka Pul by Sanjeev.

The film has been narrated in a comic and ironic vein. It is an engaging story of Armaan Ali (Boman Irani), a driver working for a Senior Executive in Mumbai, who goes on leave. He wants to find a match for his teenage daughter Muskaan (Minissha Lamba), who stays with his brother Rehman Ali (Boman) and his wife Salma (Ila Arun). When Armaan returns to work after 3 months his young employer wants to sack him. But Armaan Ali has a story to tell.

The story he tells is a humorous and often hilarious account of the events and happenings that delayed him from returning after a month. He avails a government scheme to dig a well in his agricultural patch. Things spiral out of control so much so that the Government is about to collapse! The question remains, how true is this compelling story!

The film is a political satire that veers from the farcical to the often witty and sharp but largely ironic comedy without losing sight of its central theme that deals with the many development projects that the government has initiated which frequently get hijacked by systemic corruption. Among the high points of the film are the brilliant performances of the actors and the pulsating, lyrical and melodious songs composed by Shantanu Moitra, who is back after scoring a hit soundtrack for blockbuster film 3 Idiots, but with a different style in this film. Lyrics are penned by Swanand Kirkire, Ila Arun and Ashok Mishra. The film was screened and appreciated at many film festivals worldwide.

With inputs from News Tomorrow