9Khosla Ka Ghosla – 2006
‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ is one of those rare Bollywood movies which are favourites of almost every film enthusiasts. Made at a small budget, the film had a strong plot peppered with well-timed comic situations to keep the things lighter. The movie, which hit the screens in the year of 2006, boasted the presence of talents like Anupam Kher and Boman Irani. It was directed by debutant Dibakar Banerjee. Unlike most Bollywood flicks, ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ had no songs in it, even then the film went on to garner audiences’ love and become a hit after running successfully in cinemas for many weeks. It won the National Award for Best Film in the year 2007.
‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ is the perfect example of films which rely more on content than star powers and, of course, unnecessary dancing around trees. If the film has strong content, it will work at the box office, no matter what. ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ too had a coherently crafted storyline. The film tells the story of a middle class family residing in Delhi. The patriarch of the family Kamal Kishore Khosla (Anupam Kher) has recently retired from his government service. He has invested his life’s saving in a plot so as to provide a better life to his family. But soon his dream shatters as his plot is wrongly grabbed by land-mafia Kishen Khurana (Boman Irani). Kishen Khurana demands a whooping amount of money to return the land. But unable to pool in such a big amount, Khosla and his family decide to trick Kishen and get their land back.
The simple story of a middle class man whose plot is usurped by a land mafia clicked with the audience. It derived humour from real life situations, which the audience could connect very easily with. The intelligent humour found takers and the film, which was made at a shoestring budget of Rs. 3.75 crores, raked in approximately Rs. 7 crores at the domestic box office. ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’ is without an ounce of doubt one of the best comedy films of recent times.