Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Vijay Raaz, Aditi Sharma, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor
Director: Sanjeev Sharma
Rating: 1.5/5 stars
Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon and Vijay Raaz – the powerhouse of acting talent is cast so you can expect a mind blowing film with some amazing storyline; instead Saat Uchakkey simply destroys all the hopes of being a hilarious or even a funny film. I was seriously looking forward to this film because of these actors and honestly, the trailer looked promising but the movie suggests otherwise.
Sandeep Saket and Sanjeev Sharma written Saat Uchakkey is a story of seven thieves and one cop. Paapi (Manoj Bajpayee) and Sona (Aditi Sharma) are in love with each other but Paapi doesn’t have much money to marry her so he decides to rob the house of Diwan (Anupam Kher) who allegedly has a lot of gold hidden. Pappi takes the help of Jaggi (Vijay Raaz) for this robbery and hence, they form a team of seven thieves. While they are at it, an honest cop Tejpal also loves Sona and he despises Pappi so he would prove a big hurdle in their robbery plan. This is a story of these people and their journey.
The writers take two and a half hours to tell us that robbery is not good and that too, in a non-exciting way. Uninteresting approach of a mental patient-baba guiding Pappi to his future, then the gangs’ silly plans to loot the house were all just a boring affair. Apart from Tejpal, no other character was written properly.
Abusive words are effective when you use it at the right time and in the right amount; Saat Uchakkey’s screenplay has excessive use of abusive words and that’s why they didn’t always make an impact. Once you start swearing too much, it becomes mundane and ineffective, using it in enough amounts is the idea. Almost every dialogue of Vijay Raaz was filled with these abusive words which kind of took away all the fun. No doubt, some punches were hilarious with it.
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The majority of the film deals only with Pappi and Jaggi’s fights rather than showing the robbery plans. Sanjeev Sharma disappoints in capitalizing the brilliant cast of the film. The storytelling was very lengthy and with a little focus to the narrative. No character development caused the film to lose its track quickly. I also felt like Vijay Raaz’s role took the whole liberty to shout as many profane words as he could. I don’t know if that was some kind of statement from the director but if it was, it’s a wrong one.
Despite the presence of Manjo Bajpayee and Kay Kay Menon, Sanjeev Sharma couldn’t even reach basic cinematic level by his direction. The robbery scene should have been the highlight but it was so upsetting with everyone chaotically shouting and doing some idiotic stuff that you want the movie to end quickly. And then we have some ineffective satire in the end.
As far as the cast goes, I think Kay Kay Menon steals the show with his aggressive and blunt cop role. He is fun with his honest and fighting approach. His love for Sona makes the film ticklish. Manoj Bajpayee, one of my favorite actors, does a good job as Pappi. This is a different role for him and he delivers a solid one with his witty punches. Vijay Raaz is memorable for his excessive abusive wordings and he carries the role of Jaggi nicely. This is the first time I think Aditi Sharma has done a bold role. She acts well in parts; some are good and some are not. Anupam Kher was too loud and irritating. Annu Kapoor was mysterious and his dialogues were interesting and the way he conversed was also commendable.
Saat Uchakkey is a core disappointment. It’s a sin to take such brilliant cast and not making a good film out of it. The film lacks in both story and quality direction.