Though smartly marketed as a comedy, "Khosla Ka Ghosla" is foremost a tautly written, well-acted drama. Reminiscent of intelligible comedies like the classic "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro", writer Jaideep Sahni's ("Company", "Bunty Aur Babli") creation showcases real people, with genuine problems, and through director Dibakar Banerjee's light-hearted, simplistic style, makes for engaging viewing.
On the verge of retirement, K.K. Khosla (Anupam Kher), yearning to move above his middle-class lifestyle purchases a piece of land in south Delhi. As he draws up plans for his family's new abode, his younger son Cherry (Parvin Dabbas) decides to move to America. Struggling to keep his household from breaking up, Khosla tries in vain to mend a strained relationship with Cherry. In the meantime, his plot of land is forcefully occupied by a ruthless tycoon, Khurana (Boman Irani). Shocked by fate's cruelty and the impotency of the legal system, Khosla gives up all hope of spending his retirement in luxury.
A serious, widespread problem that would hit home to many middle-class Indians, Sahni wisely chooses to place Khosla's land encroachment issue in the background. As the story unfolds, the land, itself a powerful character that binds Khosla's family together, slowly loses it's superficial, materialistic value. Sahni instead uses it as a tool to explore a suffering father-son relationship - the crux of the story. In the process however, the storytellers are unable to avoid the tempation of making oft-repeated social commentary about corruption, pushing their narrative into predictable territories ever so often.
"Khosla Ka Ghosla" is impeccably cast and Banerjee directs his talented actors well. With plenty of creative space to explore, veteran Anupam Kher improvises his way through one of his finer performances in recent years. Strong emotions and frustration are communicated through a subtle, comic touch that Kher has made his own over time. Parvin Dabbas impresses as Cherry, the introvert who breaks out of his shell, and Ranvir Sheorey's spontaneous comic timing is refreshing. Boman Irani as Khurana looks every inch the cruel businessman that he plays, albeit suffering a heavy Lucky Singh hangover from "Lage Raho Munnabhai."
Amidst mammoth-budget flicks loaded with special effects and glycerine-driven adultery sagas, "Khosla Ka Ghosla" arrives as a welcome break thanks to its simplicity and honesty. Imperfect and flawed, but crafted with a lot heart, this one is recommended viewing for a lazy Sunday afternoon.