Khosla Ka Ghosla
Khosla Ka Ghosla (English: Khosla's Nest) is a 2006 Indian Hindi-language comedy drama film directed by Dibakar Banerjee in his directorial debut. It stars Anupam Kher and Boman Irani. The film is written by Jaideep Sahni, who had previously written Company (2002) and Chak De! India (2007). Though made on a small budget, the film managed to do well at the box office. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for 2006. It was remade into Tamil in 2008 as Poi Solla Porom.
|Khosla Ka Ghosla|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dibakar Banerjee|
|Produced by||Savita Raj Hiremath|
|Written by||Jaideep Sahni|
|Edited by||Sejal Painter|
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures|
|Budget||est.₹3.75 crore (US$520,000)|
|Box office||est.₹6.67 crore (US$930,000)|
Kamal Kishore Khosla is a middle-class man living in New Delhi where he has purchased a plot of land to build a house. His family includes his wife Sudha, younger son Chirauonji Lal a.k.a. Cherry, elder son Balwant a.k.a. Bunty and his daughter. Kamal has invested all of his savings into buying the plot; Cherry is not too interested in his father's future plans of settling together in the new house. He is a software engineer and has planned to shift to the US by taking up a job there. However, he has not let his family in on his plans. The only person Cherry discusses his plan with are Asif Iqbal, the agent helping him with his passport and visa paperwork. Much later, he shares this with his close friend Meghna.
Just when Cherry reveals his migration plans to his family, who are all disturbed by it, during a routine family visit to their land, they find the plot encroached upon by someone. Probing further reveals that the squatters are part of a property usurping nexus headed by the corrupt and powerful Kishan Khurana. Upon being urged so by the property dealer who had facilitated the purchase of the plot, Khosla and Bunty visit Khurana who places before them, a demand for ₹15 lakh to vacate the plot, an amount which Khosla neither has nor agrees to pay. He appeals to authorities and agencies for help but none of them offers more than to get the amount demanded by Khurana reduced by a few lacs, in exchange for a hefty commission for mediating.
Spurred by his father's helplessness, Bunty gets help from a gang of local wrestlers who demolish the boundary walls built by Khurana's men and take possession of the plot back by force. This success is short-lived when Khosla is arrested on trumped up charges of trespass. Released at Khurana's guileful behest after spending a day in the jail, Khosla's will is broken and pride battered. Khosla tells his family to avoid taking any further action as he is not capable of fighting back and wants Cherry to concentrate on the job that he is arranging abroad. Cherry discusses the grim situation with Iqbal who is revealed to have been an old partner of Khurana's and who has been cheated by him, usurping Asif's own ancestral land. Asif offers to help the Khosla's with a group of Meghna's friends, and they set up a plan to deceive Khurana. They portray a land (owned by the fisheries department, but which has been vacant since decades) as their own, and seek help of Meghna's mentor, Bapu, to portray himself as the owner of the land looking for a buyer. The deal is almost finalised and Khurana requests to visit the land. With the help of the rest of the theatre group, they manage to create a situation which makes Khurana believe of the authenticity of the land and its owner. They successfully turn the tables on Khurana, and dupe him in cash. From that money, Kamal Kishore pays the ransom to Khurana and gets possession of his plot back and the remaining cash is divided equally between Asif and the theatre group. Cherry scraps his plans of migrating to the US, marries Meghna and settles with his family in their new abode built on their plot.
- Anupam Kher as Kamal Kishore Khosla
- Boman Irani as Kishen Khurana
- Kiran Juneja as Sudha Khosla
- Rajendra Sethi as Vijendar (Property Dealer)
- Parvin Dabas as Chiraunji Lal Khosla (Cherry)
- Tara Sharma as Meghna
- Ranvir Shorey as Balwant Khosla (Bunty)
- Rupam Bajwa as Nikki Khosla
- Vinod Nagpal as Mr Sawhney
- Vinay Pathak as Asif Iqbal
- Navin Nischol as Bapu / Mr. Sethi
- Nitesh Pandey as Mani / Secretary to Sethi
- Anusha Lall as Katori
- Rajesh Sharma as Munjal
Dibakar Banerjee was making advertisement films in Delhi. He wanted to make a feature film "which portrayed Delhi as it is." The initial idea was conceived by Kavita Hiremath and his writer friend Jaideep Sahni about the generation gap. Both Sahni and Banerjee had worked with each other on advertising films. Sahni said that the soul of the film was derived from his and Banerjee's experience of growing up in middle-class Delhi. The first half of the film was based on Jaideep's personal experience of an incident in his family which left an impression on his mind and he thought about "how our entire system can so callously and efficiently come together in no time to exploit a common man in trouble." Later Sahni informed Banerjee that he had found a producer from Delhi and asked if he wanted to direct, to which Banerjee agreed. Banerjee said that the real experience of Sahni and him witnessing their father being insulted by someone powerful helped them in constructing the antagonist Khurrana. Sahni worked on the story for a year-and-a-half and finished in 2003. Both Banerjee and Sahni first approached Anupam Kher for Khosla's character who was "hooked" after the discussion. Vinay Pathak had auditioned for Khurrana's character for which Boman Irani was eventually selected but the team liked Pathak's audition and offered him the role of Asif Iqbal. Ranvir Shorey was selected for the role of Balwant after two-three rounds of audition. The role of Khurrana was also offered to Rishi Kapoor who refused it because Savita felt "commercially, it wasn't working for him." Irani had also initially refused as he felt he was not suitable for the role of a builder from Delhi since he was a Mumbai born Parsi. He then accepted the role after "a lot of people had raised their eyebrows" on the decision and felt determined to make it work. Irani drove around in his and listened to interview recordings of property dealers. He also watched real footages captured through hidden camera's to understand how they behaved. Kher said that he tried to boost the team's morale as the film was "made while enduring a lot." Tara Sharma was selected in the role of Parvathy after audition. While filming, the investor's demanded to add action sequences, item song or changing the cast. The team did not fancy those changes after which Padmalaya Telefilms, their first investor, backed off. Savita said that she had to "shell out cash" from her other company. The small budget of the film resulted in having limited reels to shoot on two occasions. After the filming finished, the team had no money for post-production. Banerjee was initially reluctant for Parvin Dabas in the role of Chironjilal but later finalised him. Navin Nischol was cast in the role of Bapu. The entire film was shot in Delhi during Summer for 45 days. During the course of filming, Banerjee kept Irani separate from the rest of the cast as he did not want them to meet. The entire opening dream sequence was filmed in one take through hand-held to give it a "separate look from the rest of the film". Amitabha Singh served as the director of photography, while Sejal Painter was the editor. Banerjee had a different sad ending of the film, but opted for Sahni's version of a more optimistic ending after realising it will make the film more dark. The film did not have any buyers for two years during which the edit kept happening and the team showed it to several people who loved the film but were unwilling to back it. Banerjee said that he gave up on releasing the film after several rejection. Later, in 2006, UTV Motion Pictures stepped in and distributed the film.
The soundtrack album of Khosla Ka Ghosla was composed by Dhruv Dhalla and Bapi-Tutul while the lyrics were written by Jaideep Sahni. It consisted of five songs with vocals from Kailash Kher, Kunal Ganjawala, Sowmya Raoh, Adnan Sami and Qadar Niazi Qawwal. Savita, the films producer, managed to raise some funds for the music and Sahni wrote the lyrics the same day as he was worried they might miss the opportunity. It was the debut film of Dhalla who was called by Banerjee after hearing his music samples and asked him to create "a Punjabi number based on the loud attitude of Delhi." Dhalla composed the tune for "Chak De Phattey" in three hours.
The album received moderate reviews. Joginder Tuteja of IndiaFM called it an "average soundtrack with two songs standing out." Further writing: "While "Chak De Phattey" is a potential chartbuster, "Intezar Aitbaar Tumse Pyaar" makes for an easy-on-ears listening."
|1.||"Chak De Phattey"||Jaideep Sahni||Dhruv Dhalla||Kailash Kher||5:46|
|2.||"Din Din Gin Gin"||Jaideep Sahni||Dhruv Dhalla||Kunal Ganjawala||5:26|
|3.||"Isse Pyar Kaise Karoon"||Jaideep Sahni||Dhruv Dhalla||Kunal Ganjawala, Sowmya Raoh||4:08|
|4.||"Ab Kya Karenge"||Jaideep Sahni||Bapi-Tutul||Adnan Sami||4:24|
|5.||"Intezaar Aitbaar Tumse Pyaar"||Jaideep Sahni||Dhruv Dhalla||Qadar Niazi Qawwal, Sowmya Raoh||4:22|
Khosla Ka Ghosla was screened at the 2006 Kara Film Festival and the Hay Festival in 2012. It was released theatrically on 22 September 2006 on 125 screens throughout the country. The film was released on the DVD format on 6 November 2006 and is also available on the online streaming platform, Netflix.
The film was released to positive reviews. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN, in his review, gave the film a rating of 4/5 and lauded the film for its "refreshingly original plot, bang-on casting, killer soundtrack and such crisp editing that there is never a dull moment". Raja Sen of Rediff.com described film as the "best comedy Bollywood has seen in the last two decades. The everyday detailing is exquisite, as is the ensemble cast dealing with a frighteningly realistic first half escaping into a breezily unreal second half. It’s sheer magic." Mayank Shekhar wrote: "Golmaal, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, these are gigantic reference points for any film. This one lives up to them in substantial measure; I can’t think of a better compliment to pay." Kaveree Bamzai of India Today declared that the film was "a class apart. It brings back an innocence to movies missing in the sturm und drang of big budgets and bigger stars."
In another review, Rediff.com gave a rating of 3 out of 5 and felt the film was charming for its "striking believability and everyday simplicity." However, it noted that the film felt longer than it was. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave a rating of 2 out of 5 and felt that the film "loses sparkle in the second hour". He also felt that, on the whole "Khosla Ka Ghosla is a well scripted and executed film that is sure to stand out in the crowd." Rotten Tomatoes currently has a 90% rating on the film based on 2776 user ratings giving an average score of 4 out of 5. Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu listed the film at no.6 in the list of top 10 movies of the decade 2000-2009 saying "Dibakar Banerjee and Sahni on a shoestring budget chose to bat for the common man’s struggle against the powerful and reunited the individual self back with the family".
In order to protest against the growing intolerance in the country, director Dibakar Banerjee decided to return the National Award to the government on 29 October 2015. But the film's producer, Savita Raj Hiremath, claimed that Dibakar had no right to give back the award was not given to him but was given to the film, and thus to the producer. The National Award was not conferred on director Dibakar Banerjee for his sole contribution in the 2006.
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