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Star Cast:

Om Puri, Salman Khan, Sohail Khan

Story

Introducing the worst bank chor EVER: Champak Chandrakant Chiplunkar, a simple Marathi manoos played by Riteish Deshmukh who picks the worst day possible to rob a bank. To make matters worse, he recruits 2 idiots from Delhi who’ve never even picked a pocket in their lives. Now top that off with the craziest bunch of hostages including a high-strung housewife, a hyper chef, a possibly undercover cop… and Baba Sehgal [yeah, Thanda Thanda Pani wala!]. How could it be worse, right?

Wrong! Enter tough as nails supercop, CBI officer Amjad Khan played by Vivek Anand Oberoi, who shoots first and interrogates later. And a mad media circus outside led by fashion journo turned crime reporter Gayatri Ganguly aka Gaga played by Rhea Chakraborty. And you know the Bankchors are up for the worst day of their lives. Yet. The film promises to be a crazy roller-coaster ride with thrills, chills and certainly lots of spills.

Self-confessedly India’s STUPIDEST comic thriller, Bank Chor, directed by Bumpy and produced by Ashish Patil, is all set to embarrass its makers when it releases in theatres on June 16.

Movie Review

 Bank Chor arrives after some of the most innovative promotions seen for a Bollywood flick. From being roasted to singing bad cover versions of even more atrocious songs, lead actor Riteish Deshmukh turned up the entertainment quotient. And the film promised to be as funny. What they did not tell us is that the film also has a good deal of thrill and suspense. In a funny way hence, Bank Chor actually delivers more than what it promised.

 
Bank Chor is a story about three buffoons entering a bank to rob it and how things go downhill for them. These are amateurs who have evidently never really held a gun and yet here they are threatening people with guns held in shaky hands. Things get worse for them when a dreaded officer from CBI, Amjad Khan, reaches the spot to nab the thieves.
 
Director Bumpy, who had earlier directed a rather forgettable Luv Ka The End, sets the tone from the very first minute. By the first fifteen minutes, it already delivers a few giggles and things move evenly from there on. At interval point, the screenplay readies for a soberer second half. Post interval is when things get slightly emotional before heading towards a breezy finish, reminding one of some earlier heist and con films … naming any of those films in this review will kill the suspense of Bank Chor.
 
Of course, Bank Chor comes with its shares of issues. The humour does get repetitive at times as they writer plays on the Mumbai-Delhi rivalry and more such ‘internet humour’.  However, the simplicity of the characters – Champak, Genda and Gulab – played by Riteish Deshmukh, Vikram Thapa and Bhuvan Arora manage to pull these jokes off.
 
The movie’s biggest strength is Riteish Deshmukh. The actor has the ability to sleepwalk through such roles. This man speaks no lies on Saturdays, is a staunch believer in Vaastu and has a name that generates laughter every time he says it.  Vikram Thapa and Bhuvan Arora play thugs who return all identity cards and bank cards after they pick someone’s pocket in the NCR region. The three have endless tussles over who is superior – Delhiites or Mumbaikars.
 
The sore thumb probably is characters of Vivek Oberoi and Sahil Vaid.  These characters are out of place with the tone of the film. They are what takes away from the entertainment factor of the film, and pulls it down.
 
Director Bumpy has stepped up his game since his last film, though he still has a long way to go before being taken seriously. Bank Chor is not the film you watch if you wish for things to make sense. This one does not and you need to accept it that way. This one is not about the story but the gags and the characters.