7 January 2011 | Peter_Young
Two times 3½
Do Dooni Char is one small episode portraying a middle-class Delhi family struggling through their financial limitations. It is a humorous and enjoyable feature though it is more impressive for its authenticity and realistic feel rather than the story itself. That's where the film scores. The spirit of Delhi and its middle-class families is wonderfully captured. The sets, the costumes and the props are all very simple and thus create an enchanting sense of everyday realism which is very missing in Hindi films. The writing itself is not particularly great, but the film has its moments and it actually deals with problems not usually dealt with in Indian movies, such as the modest salaries professional teachers get paid for their efforts and how this affects their image. This specific issue is conveyed through the main element of the narrative, namely the lack of a car in math teacher Santosh Duggal's family, which also includes his wife and two children. He is forced to use a scooter and at some point this starts saddening him and those who surround him. Quite a lovely way of conveying a concept, and it is generally well done, but at times the movie is way too messy and hard to follow. The film has one more plus and it is the casting, particularly of Rishi Kapoor, who delivers a moving and convincing performance with natural ease. Neetu Singh Kapoor is very good, especially considering the fact that she had not acted for decades. The kids do well and Aditi Vasudev is also good in narrating the film. Do Dooni Chaar is one nice film which is not flawless but is colourful enough to entertain and enlighten.