Film: Do Dooni Chaar
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh
Director: Habib Faisal
Rate: Good


Sudipta Dey
Bollywood has always been an escape route for those who could only fantasise about palatial houses, fast cars, expensive wardrobe and wooing their girlfriends in foreign locales. Even when they try to show a simple life, seldom is it close to reality.
Writer-director Habib Faisal has chosen to overcome this shortcoming in his realistic portrayal of a family which struggles to sustain a respectful lifestyle, with his film Do Dooni Chaar.
Delhiites are known for their flamboyance and a person is always judged by materialistic parameters. Similarly, the Duggal family in the film faces a situation where they need to upgrade their lifestyle and replace the run-down scooter they have with a car. Santosh Duggal (Rishi Kapoor) is a schoolteacher who can barely meet his family’s wants. His wife needs a new fridge, his son would like branded T-shirts, his daughter an iPod and to add to all this, his sister urges them to come to Meerut to attend a wedding in a car!
The fun starts when they drive at Meerut to attend a wedding, in his neighbour Farooqi’s car. Santosh, who teaches Mathematics, tries to calculate his expenditure to keep it down, of course — from the price of cheese paratha to the mooh dikhai amount given to the dulha. But as the story progresses his expenses soar beyond his control.
Though the film is a comedy, it never loses sight of the tribulations that every middle class family faces. Do Dooni Chaar will remind you of your own story, when you wanted something but never managed to get it, wore trousers a size to large to school so that you don’t have to buy one every year. It is a story of a family that agrees and disagrees on matters that are real — which car to buy, which radio station to listen to or which TV show to watch.
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, recreate the same magic they had created 30 years back in films like Rafoo Chakkar, Khel Khel Mein and Amar Akbar Anthony. Rishi Kapoor plays his own age, a teacher in his 50s and Neetu Singh, his wife, who is a loving mother and supportive wife. The kids will remind you of what you were when you were a teenager.
After writing for films like Tara Rum Pum, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Salaam Namaste, Do Dooni Chaar is a revelation. Habib Faisal’s story has no gigantic sets, no foreign locales, no flashy clothes or fast cars. The film is a welcome change from the glamourous life that most directors have been showing in recent releases.