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Phas Gaye Re Obama

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quick review:

Phas Gaye Re Obama is witty, crass slapstick, satirical and repetitive in turns. Every goon in town and the politician too is chasing an American dream -that of kidnapping an American based desi for some quick ransom money. Let your imagination go berserk around this situation, Phans Gaye Re Obama offers that and more - in terms of laughs, "eeeews", and plain and simple "blehs".

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Director: Subhash Kapoor
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Crime
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Phas Gaye Re Obama absolutely delivers on the sarcastic wit that the title implies. Satire runs in every dialogue and situation of the film. Unfortunately though, alongside the smart quips is also the oh-so-unnecessary slapstick. What could have been a classy comedy becomes yet another toilet-humor fest.

It is brilliant, however, that despite going the crude route every once in a while, the story doesn't shift focus from its basic plot. A slapstic comedy with focus - now isn't that a relief. In fact, there is a point in the latter half where I'm wondering how is Shastri (Rajat Kapoor) going to get out of this? I love it when the writer or director makes me think on his behalf. He has me hooked, irrespective of whether or not I'm enjoying his film.

Of course, a film like this wouldn't achieve half of what it aims to if the actors aren't capable of getting their timing right. Here, Sanjay Mishra, and the actor who plays Anni (Manu Rishi?) are just brilliant. Who would've thought that a movie would stand tall on their shoulders? That too, with Rajat Kapoor and Neha Dhupia around, in terms of "star-value". Both of them have forced dialogue delivery and Neha Dhupia's character is too stylized. Also, the feminism her character portrays is tasteless.

Yet, a person who enjoys slapstick is certainly going to enjoy Phas Gaye Re Obama much more than I did. So, a light, Sunday afternoon watch it is.

- meeta, a part of the audience

34 reviewers(?) - 27 yays 6 so-so 1 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...boasts of goofball characters that leave you chuckling throughout.... full review

Thumbs up, : ...small film with high dose of entertainment ... full review

Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks :’s a film which smartly touches many important issues prevalent in our country dealing with crime and politicians... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Handled deftly by Subhash Kapoor, an extremely talented director, the film has several sequences that stay in your memory much after the film has concluded.... full review

Thumbs up, by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town : ...With some great jokes involving President Obama he beautifully establishes the suffering Bhaisahab and his gang.... full review

Thumbs up, by Vikramjit, Desi Martini : ...The Funny,Great American Dream ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rhea, Desi Martini : ...No recession when it comes to laughs... ... full review

Thumbs up, by Payal, Desi Martini : ...even Barrack Obama mustn't have thought that Indians can be so innovative in their approach... full review

Thumbs up, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : makes no greed-is-bad dire predictions, but turns it into a comedy. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Pankaj Sabnani, : ...It's hard not to laugh your guts out when a local teacher of an English speaking coaching class converses with his students in appalling English... full review

Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, : ...Neha Dhupia was bad and unwanted in the film; her track should have been totally chopped off. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...The parallel is supremely placed, the black comedy, superbly written (Subhash Kapoor)... full review

Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : of the film is Manu Rishi, who brings just the perfect degree of naïvete to his role of a gangster’s moderately-educated sidekick yearning for a better life. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...The characters are outrageous. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Subhash Kapoor’s film is a deft compilation of the sort of characters we wish there were more of in Hindi cinema: good guys and bad guys with the kind of smarts that keep us engaged.... full review

Thumbs up, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : for a select audience only; its poor marketing will tell on its business.... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...Original writing, a unique plot, deft direction and excellent acting, ... full review

Thumbs up, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...But despite these hiccups, Phas Gaye Re Obama has genuine laughs and surprising insight. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now : entertainer... full review

Thumbs up, by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India : ...The filmmakers have obviously worked under budgetary constraints, visible in the tawdry frames... full review

Thumbs up, by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema : ...As it often happens in films one admires, you get picky on minor glitches... full review

Thumbs up, by magik, Passion for Cinema : ...This was Dibakar Banerjee kinda funny. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...And so while the cunning lines and satirical wit is a constant, the presence of potty-themed humour is impossible to overlook... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, : ...The dialogues are repetitive and not catchy! ... full review

Thumbs up, by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice : ...The characters are endearing.... full review

Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...From the Big Apple to the backwaters of small town India, this comedy of errors lives and breathes fire through its colourful characters and its witty screenplay. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Spicezee Bureau, Zee News : ...Unlike the common B-town films that are low on script, ‘Phas Gaye...’ makes you laugh because of its madcap situations.... full review

So-So, by Nishtha Bhatnagar, Alpha : ...Phas Gaye Re Obama proves some very old perceptions wrong. Firstly, that star power is imperative to keep a movie going and secondly, that gags have to be hard hitting to make us laugh.... full review

So-So, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...The characters are sketched with precision although the production suffers from ABCS (acute budgetary constraints syndrome). ... full review

So-So, by Tushar Joshi, MiD DAY : ...Amole Gupte's mantri act could have had more shades than him just having to chant some mantras to cure his bowel issues. ... full review

So-So, by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster : ...The story is good and interesting but the dialogues and direction lack big time!... full review

So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The representation of small-towners here is far from flattering – they are either highly corrupt or bumbling buffoons. ... full review

So-So, by Mr Care, Upper Stall : ...In spite of the comparisons and it's premise, this is not an out and out farce like Tere Bin Laden, and is in fact a more mature treatment of the material at hand. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Manu, Desi Martini : ...Dekhne gaye to pakka phas jaoge ... full review

136 tweeters(?) - 131 yays 3 so-so 2 nays

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Outlookindia: Phas Gaye Re Obama: A dry, wry wit runs through the film, making you smile rather than laugh out loud Outlook Magazine

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rameshrabi: Phas Gaye Re Obama is a great case study of how there are so many things that can go wrong in a film. In this case, tone and pace.

kulpushkar: Phas gaye re Obama- Best eg. of how u can mess up a film with quite interesting plot. totally boring.

2 readers - 1 yays 1 so-so 0 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by rahul : fantastic black comedy ,superb metaphor for housing loan scandal in usa

So-So, by kay

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Every goon in town and the politician too is chasing an American dream -that of kidnapping an American based desi for some quick ransom money.

What Worked

  • The background music.
  • The camerawork, especially the long shots.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Rajat Kapoor's monologue when he explains his situation to Bhai saahab.
  • The repetition of the "yes, we can" joke.
  • The acting of the guy who plays Ali bhai
  • People who can barely speak English, pronouncing the word "career" the right way. They invariably pronounce it "carier"

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Slaps and kidnapping (soft on the kidnapped though)
  • Language: Crass at several occasions
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Characters are watching a porn film and there's talk about condoms
  • Concept: The recession and the farce that the American dream is for most people
  • General Look and Feel: rugged texture with light humor

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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Music Director:

Phas Gaye Re Obama - Cast, crew, links

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Running time:
120 minutes

Comments (3)

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Hey! A friend, a trustworthy source, saw it yesterday and strongly recommended it. Thought of watching it tomorrow and now after reading this, I am confused :|

@Kalyan as i've mentioned, i'm not a slapstick person. As you can see from the twitter verdict it's a near hit with almost everyone who saw it :D

@rahul well, i don't know about that. toilet humor and innuendoes is slapstick unless you call jokes about someone's upset tummy dark. And if it is going down a level deeper to say that a politician is suffering from indigestion because of his corrupt ways...that's a bit much, given the tone the film had set.

Liked the movie although others in the family were not very enthusiastic. My reason for not being disappointed was mostly because I think I knew what to expect already in a Rajat Kapoor movie.

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