Khosla Ka Ghosla
Khosla Ka Ghosla (transl. Khosla's nest) is a 2006 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Dibakar Banerjee, in his directorial debut. It was produced by Savita Raj Hiremath under the Taandav Films label and Ronnie Screwvala from UTV Motion Pictures. Written by Jaideep Sahni, the film stars Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Parvin Dabas, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Tara Sharma in the lead roles. The story follows Kamal Kishore Khosla (Kher), a middle-class Delhiite and his family's attempt to reclaim their land which has been seized by a builder named Khurana (Irani).
|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.₹37.5 million (US$540,000)|
|Box office||est.₹66.7 million (US$960,000)|
Banerjee, an advertising filmmaker, wanted to make a feature film which showcased Delhi the way it is. The initial idea conceived by Hiremath and Sahni was about a generation gap. After finishing the script, Sahni informed Banerjee that he had found a producer in Delhi and asked him if he wanted to direct the film; Banerjee agreed to do so. The film had no buyers for two years during which time editing continued. The team showed the film to several people who loved it but were unwilling to back it. In 2006, UTV Motion Pictures stepped in and distributed the film.
Khosla Ka Ghosla was screened at the 2006 Kara Film Festival and was released on 22 September, 2006 to positive critical reception. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi at the 54th National Film Awards. Made on a production budget of ₹37.5 million, the film earned a total of ₹66.7 million at the box-office, making it a commercial success. It was later remade in 2008 in Tamil as Poi Solla Porom, and in Kannada as Rame Gowda Vs. Krishna Reddy in 2010.
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 Nikki. Kamal has invested all his savings into buying the plot. Cherry is not too interested in his father's plan to settle together in the new house. He is a software engineer and intends to move to the US to take up a job there. However, Cherry has not let his family in on his plans. The only person he discusses this with is Asif Iqbal, the agent helping him with his passport and visa paperwork. Much later, he shares this news with his girlfriend Meghna.
During a routine family visit to their land, Cherry reveals his migration plans to his family, who are all disturbed by it. They find their plot encroached upon by someone. Further probing reveals 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, Kamal and Bunty visit Khurana who demands ₹1.5 million to vacate the plot, an amount which Kamal neither has nor agrees to pay. He appeals to authorities and agencies for help. None of them offers more than to get the amount Khurana demands 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 back possession of the plot by force. This success is short-lived when Kamal is arrested on trumped-up charges of trespass. Released at Khurana's guileful behest after spending a day in jail, Kamal's will is broken and his pride battered. He tells his family to avoid taking any further action as he is incapable 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, having usurped Asif's own ancestral land. Asif offers to help the Khoslas with a group of Meghna's friends, and they set up a plan to deceive Khurana. They portray some land (owned by the fisheries department, but which has been vacant for decades) as their own, and seek the help of Meghna's mentor, Bapu, to act as the owner of the land looking for a buyer. Bapu, who is the manager of a drama theatre group, acts as the owner of the vacant land. With the help of the rest of his theatre group, they manage to create a situation so that Khurana believes the authenticity of the land and its owner. The deal is almost finalised and Khurana asks to visit the land. They successfully dupe Khurana and take his cash. From that money, Kamal pays the ransom to Khurana and regains possession of his plot; the remaining cash is divided equally between the Khoslas, Asif and the theatre group. Cherry scraps his plans to migrate to the US, marries Meghna and settles with his family in their new house built on the plot.
- Anupam Kher as Kamal Kishore Khosla
- Boman Irani as Kishen Khurana
- Parvin Dabas as Chiraunji Lal "Cherry" Khosla
- Vinay Pathak as Asif Iqbal
- Ranvir Shorey as Balwant "Bunty" Khosla
- Tara Sharma as Meghna
- Kiran Juneja as Sudha Khosla
- Rajendra Sethi as Vijendar
- Rupam Bajwa as Nikki Khosla
- Vinod Nagpal as Mr Sawhney
- Navin Nischol as Bapu / Mr. Sethi
- Nitesh Pandey as Mani
- Anusha Lall as Katori
- Rajesh Sharma as Munjal
Dibakar Banerjee, who was making advertisement films in Delhi, wished to make a feature film "which portrayed Delhi as it is". The initial idea of the generation gap was conceived by Savita Raj Hiremath and his writer friend Jaideep Sahni, who had worked with Banerjee on advertising films. Sahni said the soul of the film was derived from their experience of growing up in a middle-class house in Delhi. The first half of the film was based on Sahni's personal experience of an incident in his family which left an impression on him. 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 him if he wanted to direct the film; Banerjee agreed to do so. Banerjee said a real life experience when Sahni witnessed his father being insulted by someone powerful, helped them to develop the character of the antagonist Khurana. Sahni worked on the story for a year-and-a-half and finished in 2003. Both Banerjee and Sahni first approached Anupam Kher to play Kamal Kishore Khosla; he was "hooked" after their discussions.
Vinay Pathak had auditioned for Khurana'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 or three rounds of auditions. The role of Khurana was also offered to Rishi Kapoor who refused it. Hiremath felt this was because "commercially, it (the role) wasn't working for him." Irani had also initially refused the offer to play Khurana as he felt he was unsuitable for the role of a builder from Delhi since he was a Mumbai-born Parsi. He accepted the role after "a lot of people had raised their eyebrows" at his decision and he felt determined to make it work. Irani drove around and listened to interviews recorded with actual property dealers. He also watched real footage captured using hidden cameras 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 of stress. Tara Sharma was selected for the role of Meghna after an audition. Banerjee was initially reluctant to give Parvin Dabas the role of Chiraunjilal as he thought the latter would not be able to do justice to the "layered character." Dabas but later cast in the role after a recommendation and an audition. Navin Nischol was cast as Bapu.
During the course of filming, Banerjee kept Irani separate from the rest of the cast as he did not want them to meet. During filming, the investors demanded the addition of action sequences, an item song and changes in the cast. The team did not fancy these changes so Padmalaya Telefilms, their first investor, backed out of the project. Hiremath said that she had to "shell out cash" from her other company. The film's small budget meant there were limited reels to shoot. After the filming finished, the team had no money for post-production. The entire film was shot in 45 days in Delhi during the summer.
The entire opening dream sequence was filmed in one take using a hand-held camera 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 for the film, but opted for Sahni's version of a more optimistic ending after realising his idea would make the film darker. The film did not have any buyers for two years. During this period editing continued. The team showed the film to several people who loved it but were unwilling to back it. Banerjee said that he gave up on releasing the film after several rejections. 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 consists of five songs with vocals by Kailash Kher, Kunal Ganjawala, Sowmya Raoh, Adnan Sami and Qadar Niazi Qawwal. Savita, the film's 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. This was Dhalla's debut film. Banerjee called him 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|
Release and responseEdit
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.
Khosla Ka Ghosla received positive reviews from critics upon its release. Rajeev Masand lauded the film for its "refreshingly original plot, bang-on casting, killer soundtrack and such crisp editing that there is never a dull moment". A review in The Times of India called it "a small, unpretentious venture with some real funny performances". Raja Sen described the film as the "best comedy Bollywood has seen in the last two decades", adding: "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."
Kaveree Bamzai of India Today declared the film as "a class apart.": "It brings back an innocence to movies missing in the sturm und drang of big budgets and bigger stars." Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com felt the film was charming for its "striking believability and everyday simplicity." However, she noted that it "felt longer than it was." Namrata Joshi described the film as "utterly discreet and unassuming", one that "tries to bring back the clean and simple story-telling of Sai Paranjpye and Hrishikesh Mukherjee." Taran Adarsh noted that the film "loses sparkle in the second hour". He also concluded that on the whole "Khosla Ka Ghosla is a well scripted and executed film that is sure to stand out in the crowd."
Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu included the film on his 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." David Parkinson of Radio Times wrote: "Switching between bright comedy and social drama, this is Bollywood entertainment with a conscience." In September 2018, Bhaskar Chawla of Arre noted that the film had "set the template for what was to become a new direction in Hindi cinema" that went "beyond the conventional formula of Bollywood."
Khosla K Ghosla was made on a production budget of approximately ₹37.5 million (US$540,000). It earned ₹2.6 million (US$38,000) on its opening day and a total of ₹10.1 million (US$150,000) at the end of the opening weekend. At the end of its first week, the collection was ₹16.5 million (US$240,000). The film earned a total of ₹45.9 million (US$660,000) at the box office after the end of its theatrical run. The gross figure is ₹63.8 million (US$920,000) including worldwide collection of ₹03.2 million (US$46,000).
Khosla Ka Ghosla won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi at the 54th National Film Awards. In October 2015, Banerjee decided to return the award to the government along with 12 other filmmakers, to protest the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting's refusal to roll back Film and Television Institute of India's appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman. The film's producer, Savita Raj Hiremath, claimed that Banerjee had no right to return the award since it was given to the film and not him.
Khosla Ka Ghosla is considered by many critics as one of the best films by Banerjee. It was included in Filmfare's 100 Days series—"With no big stars, relatively unheard of a director and a subject that you wouldn't rate on paper as the most exciting, Khosla Ka Ghosla manages to impress one and all." It was also mentioned in critic and author Shubhra Gupta's book, 50 Films That Changed Bollywood, 1995–2015.
In 2013, The Delhi Police Crime Branch caught a gang of cheats who duped several people by selling them plots belonging to the Delhi Development Authority by using forged documents. The officials said that the method adopted by the gang appeared to have been inspired by the film. The film was remade in Tamil as Poi Solla Porom. Directed by A. L. Vijay, the film starred Karthik Kumar, Piaa Bajpai, and Nedumudi Venu in the lead roles. It was released on 12 September 2008. It was unofficially remade in Kannada by T. N. Nagesh as Rame Gowda Vs. Krishna Reddy in 2010.
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