“Do Dooni Chaar”, written and directed by Habib Faisal, is a charming slice-of-life comedy about a middle-class family in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar that aspires for a little more in life.
Santosh Duggal (Rishi Kapoor) is a school teacher whose meagre salary barely covers the family’s monthly expenses. To make ends meet, he has a second job teaching at a private coaching class. Mr Duggal works long hours so the family can enjoy a few luxuries like a chicken dinner every now and then and so his daughter doesn’t need to take a call-centre job during her college years.
He couldn’t ask for a more supportive wife than Mrs Duggal (Neetu Singh) who understands they can’t get a new fridge because that little extra they saved this month, must go towards a wedding gift for a relative of Mr Duggal’s married sister.
The Duggal kids, however, are less understanding. The daughter wants an iPod at all costs and the son who’s been secretly making money betting on cricket matches, doesn’t once think of helping out his parents with his spare cash. Both kids are embarrassed of their family’s modest lifestyle; the daughter even refuses to take a lift on her father’s trusty scooter.
When Mr Duggal finally decides to buy a car, there is genuine excitement in the family. But he can’t seem to come up with the down payment.
The Duggals are simple and decent people, whom we watch as they wrestle with their conscience over accepting a bribe. There are certain scenes that stand out like the one in which Mr Duggal shows his sheer frustration at the price of stuffed parathas, at a roadside dhaba.
Despite a few shortcomings, “Do Dooni Chaar” is an enjoyable film. The Director’s careful attention to detail, For Eg :- The Duggal Home which looks very lived-in and doesn’t appear to be a movie set, is what sets this movie apart from other similar films.
The heart of “Do Dooni Chaar”, lies in its characters, and in the performances of the actors. Both the kids do a convincing job, but its Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh who make this an unforgettable experience with their sheer on-screen chemistry. For them alone, don’t miss this film.
Come to think of it, Do Dooni Chaar is a complete contrast to what's being made these days. It's far from glossy, the setting is a middle class house in a tiny colony of Delhi, the characters are far from classy, the problems are very, very real and yes, there is a relevant social message towards the end of the film.
But it's these factors that make Do Dooni Chaar a notch above the commonplace. Most importantly, this film has soul, which most films lack these days. “Do Dooni Chaar” is heartfelt and well-meaning, and touches a chord because it’s so relatable.
If fun and pure entertainment, is what you are looking for, you should not miss this one.