Saas Bahu Aur Sensex

Cast: Kirron Kher, Farooq Sheikh, Tanushree Dutta, Ankur Khanna, Lilette Dubey, Masumeh

Director: Shona Urvashi

Can women understand the complex world of finance, stocks and shares, and the Sensex? Or should they be confined to watching 'saas bahu' serials?

Shona Urvashi's second film has a whopper of an idea. And stalwarts fronting it. Kirron Kher is the divorced, desperately-in-need-of-money Binita Sen, who lands up at the door of Feroz Sethna, an eccentric out-of-work stock broker (Farooq Sheikh). He is rude and brusque. She is angry and annoyed. And then it turns into a profitable partnership, professional and personal.

The interplay between these two consummate actors could have taken Warner Brothers' first Indian production Saas Bahu Aur Sensex to an interesting place. But the director sends out confusing signals by gathering up a bunch of kitty-party aunties, converting them from couch potatoes to eager Economic Times-reading stock hounds, and then letting them slip, and lose money. What is she trying to say: can they or can't they? "Aaj sharad purnima hai, aaj toh Sensex zaroor upar jayega", intones Mrs Sen. Leaving the irascible Mr Sethna beaming, and, horrors, agreeing.

So is greed good? Mrs Sen, who's been picking up all the rising stocks unerringly, suddenly becomes all over-pious, and rants on about the evils of wanting to make money. Huh? In between, youngsters working on today's jobs crop up. Tanushree and Ankur are call centre execs, refining their Yank accents. Masumeh is a femme fatale, who wants 'moneh', not love.

In the end, it's so all-over-the place and indeterminate that you couldn't be bothered. What makes up for the rest is watching the inimitable Farooq in a full-fledged role, and Kirron as a non-stereotyped Bollywood mom, both after a long time.

shubhra.gupta@gmail.com

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