Unlike some of the Khans who are sticking to tried and tested scripts and churning out the same old routine, credit goes to Saif for trying something which strays off the beaten path. A remake of the American film of the same name, this film focuses more on the father son bonding than the food truck business that the original built upon.
Roshan Kalra (Saif Ali Khan) is a chef in the USA. Roshan has grown up the hard way after running away from home. Unforgiven by his father for his career choice, Roshan grew up hungry working atdhabas, cleaning kitchen floors and still managed to go to culinary school, finally emigrating to New York, and ending up as a 3 michelin star chef. Roshan also has a temper – so much so that he punches a customer who criticizes his cooking. Thrown out of the job, he decides to head off to Kochi, where his son lives with Roshan’s ex-wife.
Roshan tries to make up for the lost time with his son and reluctantly accepts an offer from his ex-wife’s new fiancé (Milind Soman) to turn an old dilapidated bus into a food truck. Having gotten the truck up and running, he decides to take it to his hometown Delhi along with his son (Svar Kamble), friend (Chandan Roy Sanyal) and driver Alex (Dinesh Prabhakar) who has a fondness for drinks. The journey makes Roshan realize that working in a restaurant is not his calling but the challenges and thrill of his mobile business is what gives him satisfaction.
Saif Ali khan has performed well as a professionally dissatisfied chef who is still looking for his true calling in middle age. He maintains just the right touch of frustration while innately remaining a person who is free of societal expectations. However, his character has no traces of a person whose background includes living on the streets and surviving on free food. His chef looks and sounds pretty well bred. A trip to America cannot take away the edginess a character of his background would have. The film doesn’t really worry about realism, it is a feel good story about nice people and simple aspirations. As his ex-wife, Padmapriya Janakiraman has a grace and poise that her minuscule role does not exploit fully. Chandan Roy Sanyal does full justice to his role.
There are some inherent downsides to the film. The characterization is too westernized. Though Saif’s character grew up on the rough side, his lingo is decidedly not just urban but American. The story doesn’t have enough elements of drama to sustain the viewer’s interest. The film has limited appeal and probably won’t have much screen time in smaller centres. That said, the film is still decent, with better screenplay, it could have been good.
Rating : 3/5
Starring: Saif Ali Khan , Padmapriya Janakiraman, Svar Kamble, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Milind Soman
Director: Raja Krishna Menon