2008. India. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee. With Abhay Deol, Neetu Chandra, Paresh Rawal. Rising star Deol—who introduces the MoMA screening on June 8—has charm in spades in this upbeat caper about a loveable grifter, the real-life Lucky Singh, who cons his way into the homes of Delhi’s high society and proceeds to rob them blind. As with his comedy hit about real estate sharks, Khosla Ka Ghosla (presented at MoMA in 2007), director Banerjee proves himself to be a sharp and acerbic chronicler of the New India, creating a sprawling panorama of familiar types: the nouveau riche, with their restless hunger for social status and bling, the sensationalist media, the various hustlers and hucksters and hangers-on, and the Everymen who struggle daily to find a foothold on the ladder to success. In Hindi; English subtitles. 121 min.
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