Konkona Sen Sharma, Namit Das, Ira Dubey, Anand Tiwari,
Vivek Gomber, Shernaz Patel , Satchit Puranik, Imran
Directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur
is a take-off on President Bush's visit to India in
2006. There is a situation where a PR firm has been
hired to shortlist an Indian below 30 years of age to be
the face of the New India before The American President.
A low budget film, shot in a 'Documentary' style, is a
satire on the quest for the 'Young Indian' who would get
a chance to shake George Bush's hand, during his visit
Six candidates are short listed and they are subjected
to a round of bizarre tests where they are put through
various tests to determine their skills and aptitude.
Yes, there is elimination, sans drama, and the winner
will shake the President's hand.
Ira Dubey is
Archana Kapoor, an heiress to the Kapoor empire and CEO
of Lipservice cosmetics. She is a daddy's girl and a
Kapil Dev Dholakia (Anand Tiwari) is a gujju from amchi
Mumbai. An obsessed stock market trader dreams of
inducing Bush and get his statements manipulated to make
money in the international markets and make a killing in
the stock markets.
The winner will get a chance to shake hands with the
President will shake and each one is desperate to win
and will resort to any means to do so. Towards the end
only Kapil and Maya are left as finalists. While, Kapil
is caught cheating in the final round, and though Maya
is selected, there are bizarre turn of events she is not
the one who shakes the Premierís hand.
Credits & Crew:
Presenter: Ramesh Sippy Entertainment
Directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur
Produced by Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy
Writer - Anuvab Pal
Executive Producers - Akarsh Khurana, Hussain Shaikh,
Cinematography by Keshav Prakash
Film Editing by Jabeen Merchant
Production Design by Ayaz Basrai, Payal Wadhwa
Costume Design by Shilpa Bhatia
Assistant Directors - Raj Acharya, Rohit Gaba, Prabhudatta
GuruParamjit Singh Chall, Anand Tiwari
Maya Roy (Konkona Sen Sharma) is a Bengali novelist from
Kolkata, who is fascinated by the midget tribes of Assam.
Rohit Seth (Vivek Gomber) is an accent trainer from
Gurgaon who hates people with fake accents. He has this
motive of getting a chance to go back to his homeland -
Ramesh S (Namit Das), a womanizer, is a computer software
engineer from Bangalore. He likes to watch American tv
shows like Will & Grace and Seinfeld. His dreams are to
get married in the United States.
Ajay Karlekar (Satchit Puranik) is a social worker from
Nagpur. He is self taught in several Indian languages and
also English, which he actually hates, and uses only to
compete with The English-speaking elite. He thinks of
impressing the US President and persuade him to donate a
huge sum in aid to our farmers.
Director Kunaal Roy Kapoor has shown finesse for typical
situations in this pleasantly entertaining and original
film. Above the average caliber of acting and the great on
screen chemistry between the characters is visible in this
flick which at its core, pokes fun at both India and the
U.S. and the strange relationship that exists between
these two great countries.
It is funny and witty in some places and there are a few
memorable punch lines thrown in. Like "If you were a
stock, madam, I would buy you" is a typical one quoted
from the film. Konkona Sen Sharma is most impressive in
this film. Also, Anand Tiwari is to be watched out as he
is just absolutely hilarious.
This low budget film pushes the boundaries of conventional
storytelling in Bollywood.
- Amar Jeet
Maya Roy - Konkona Sen Sharma
Ramesh S - Namit Das.
Archana Kapoor - Ira Dubey
Kapil Dev - Anand Tiwari
Rohit Seth - Vivek Gomber
Samantha Patel - Shernaz Patel
Ajay Karlekar - Satchit Puranik
Mohammed Aslam - Imran Rasheed
Ritu Johnson - Shivani Tanksale
Nun - Faezeh Jalali
Presidentís Chef - Akarsh Khurana
Michael Frayn - Paul Knox