A boy from a poor, dysfunctional family from suburban West Delhi grows up to be a charismatic and fearless man who robs the elite of several major cities in India in unique fashion, often not out of necessity, but just for fun. Arrested by Special Crime Branch Inspector Devender Singh, Lucky Singh reflects upon his life: his childhood, his fathers second marriage, his siblings; his entry into crime and association with Gogi Arora; his romance with and subsequent marriage with the lovely Sonal; and his subsequent betrayal by his hanger-on and a business partner. Meanwhile the media speculates on how he got away with stealing 140 TV sets, 212 Video cassette recorders, 475 shirts, 90 music systems, 50 jewellery boxes, 2 dogs, and a greeting card â€“ in a spree of burglaries that included households in Bangalore, Chandigarh, Mumbai, and other cities in India.Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! received positive critical acclaim. Raja Sen of Rediff gave it 4.
5/5 stars, saying that All I can say is â€“ after very gratefully handing it four and a half stars, in case you asked â€“ that this is a movie to love. And one that makes the audience feel just like the hero: really, really lucky. Naresh K. Deoshi of Apun Ka Choice gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, concluding that Grab a ticket.
If youre broke, steal it. Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, commenting that Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! works perfectly as a simple story of a young boy (Abhay Deol) who is driven to crime not because he is hungry, poor, starving. Syed Firdaus Ashraf of Rediff gave 3/5 stars, concluding that The film only fails in the music department, by Sneha Khanwalkar. The dhols and drums get too loud from time to time, and get very annoying.
If you can overlook this minor discomfort, go for it! Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 3/5 stars, stating that Watch it because its a film that respects your intelligence. And films like that are hard to find. Sonia Chopra of Sify gave it 2.5/5 stars, saying that Writer-director Dipankar Banerjee cannot live down the expectations Khosla Ka Ghosla brings with it. Banerjee does meet those expectations, however Oye Lucky! is a different product altogether.
More than a beginning-middle-end story, Oye Lucky! is more a peek into Delhis belly, into the characters lives, and into complex bitter-sweet relationships. Martin DSouza of Glamsham gave 2.5/5 stars, concluding that A film with a feel of the eighties, OLLO will identify well with the viewers from the North. But yes, if you want a quiet, funny outing to lighten your mood, watching OLLO is not a bad option. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 2/5 stars, saying that On the whole, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! is a well-executed enterprise, which has its share of limitations.
At the box-office, the film caters to the Northern audience mainly â€“ Delhi and Punjab specifically. Besides North, the plexes in Mumbai should fare slightly better.
Abhay Deol, Neetu Chandra, Paresh Rawal, Manu Rishi, Richa Chadda, Archana Puran Singh
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