Part-time Hanuman at the local Ramleela, but full-time cashier at the bank thats Bharat, an Aam Aadmi. He resides in the heart of Bhopal, with Nisha, a school teacher and his loving and caring, but doubting wife, who is concerned more about her husbands promotion from cashier to manager rather than his flying tricks onstage. Bharats father, Shivnarayan, an old-timer who values freedom and hopes to see his country corruption-free someday, completes the small and happy family. However, theres also an uninvited houseguest in Bharats household; Amita, a young, beautiful girl who works at a call center and often likes to hitch a ride with Bharat on his scooter, when he is not busy dropping his wife to her school.Contrary to his wifes wishes, Bharats sole ambition in life is to graduate from his role as Hanuman to Lord Ram someday.
However, that puts him at loggerheads with Sattu Tripathi, younger brother to the local MLA and a bad actor playing Lord Ram, who is perpetually annoyed at being upstaged by Hanuman. His older brother, MLA Manku also has his share of problems with Bharat, who refuses to let out an extra room to him for his re-election campaign.Bharats happy little haven is disturbed rudely one day when the local havaldaar Kushwaah comes knocking at his door, claiming to have caught a thief, Chunnu Farishta, who purportedly stole a fan from his house, a theft that Bharat has no idea about, though the local panwala, Bachhu Gulukand is a sworn witness. Virtually ordered to come to court, Bharat finds himself suddenly dealing with made-up testimonies, lazy judges, and crooked characters of all sorts, trapped in the system that plagues the country today.Out of nowhere, Bharat finds himself stuck in a hilariously vicious circle of corruption, having to bribe his way from cops to criminals, witnesses to lawyers, and even the judge, all in an effort to get out of the rut that is the Indian system.
Along the way, this cashier-cum-Hanuman also finds his ideals again, learning to stand up for the rights of the common man and give a slap to the system, and becomes the subject of national news, exposing the thieves that line every lane here.!The film received mainly negative reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave the film 2.5/5 and said Gali Gali Chor Hai amuses intermittently, Fortunately the movie goes public at a juncture when anti-corruption appears to be the essence of the season. But the film couldve done with a far more hard-hitting conclusion.
Avijit Ghosh from Times of India also gave it 2.5/5 stating that Gali Gali Chor Hai doesnt live up to its promise. Just like the anti-corruption movement at the moment. Rajeev Masand of Ibnlive gave it two stars saying Never smart enough to be described as a satire, it fails ultimately because its dreadfully dull Mansha Rastogi of nowrunning rated it two stars and said Having a relatable plot at hand, Gali Gali Chor Hai, couldve worked with a tighter screenplay and better execution. Karan Anshuman from the Mumbai Mirror gave it 1.
5/5 and said GGCH seems not only incomplete in thought but also technically: Basic scene to scene transitions missing, uneven sound. Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express also rated it 1.5/5 mentioning that Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai' pours old wine into a cracked bottle. When the need of the hour is to underplay, everyone opens their mouth out loud, and yells. The only relatively new thing is the setting.
Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Mugdha Godse, Satish Kaushik, Vijay Raaz
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