Amit Mistry (Hilariously brilliant as Prabodh Gupta) holds two metal pots with a loud caveat while shooting for a Gujarati film and walks away from the set after throwing tantrums at the heavily Saurashtra-accented director. The scene is an unapologetic spoof on Gujarati films of the yore, almost a tribute to the era of ‘Dhollywood’, thankfully a thing of the past, especially after director Abhishek Jain made Kevi Rite Jaish (https://prakashgowda.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/kevi-rite-jaish-no-dhollywood-but-an-urban-gujarati-film/).
The director takes this mantle of ‘Urban Gujarati Film’ to the next level with ‘Bey Yaar’. Actor Divyang Thakkar (the lead actor of Kevi Rite Jaish) does a refreshing encore with his character of Chintan Bhatt. The actor aptly portrays nuances of a vulnerable character, which was evident in the previous film, and when it comes to emotional scenes, Divyang surely wins hands down, but in this film, he shines through his perfect comic timing, and is sure to become the undisputed poster boy of Urban Gujarati Cinema.
The story of Bey Yaar is about two aspiring youngsters with big dreams in their eyes. To what lengths do they go in realizing their dreams, what price they pay for doing so, and what transpires when they resolve to claim their lost glory back in David v/s Goliathisque way is something I’d better leave for you to discover in this roller-coaster of a movie.
The camaraderie between Divyang Thakkar and his co-actor Pratik Gandhi as Tapan reminds of…pardon the blasphemy, Jai-Veeru in Sholay. Watch the film and you’d agree, especially in a montage of well-shot and edited song, ‘Bey yaar taara vina’. Kudos to cinematographer Pushkar Singh and Editor Satchit Puranik.
The cutting chaais, gaalis, selfies, and sharing of ‘farsaan’ packets are generously sprinkled as visuals and words in this delectable recipe of friendship anthems composed by Sachin-Jigar. Add to this Kavin Dave, as Uday Faujdar, the ‘artist’ and you have a complete buddy-flick, especially the scene where they ‘celebrate’ their victory with a bottle of Blenders Pride.
Actor Darshan Jariwala as Chintan’s father inspires awe with his earnest performance, be it describing the importance of a memento that reminds of a cherished friendship or ‘arranging’ booze for his son. Manoj Joshi, as YB Gandhi, the high profile Art Curator has a commanding screen presence and owns every scene with the ease of a veteran.
Nevertheless, it’s Amit Mistry who steals the show with his antics in the second half. Each scene is sure to leave you in splits with umpteen fits of belly laughter, making one plead, ‘Oye bas kar yaar!’ in Siddhu’s style.
Bey Yaar has its moments, be it the hilarious ‘Blue Sky TV’ scene or the one where Divyang Thakkar and Pratik Gandhi desperately try explaining a French Art expert about the significance of a painting in their Guj-English.
Well, to sum it up, just like these two lead characters, the film, ‘Bey Yaar’ succeeds in communicating a nuanced script by Bhavesh Mandaliya and Niren Bhatt to the ‘Zero-brainers, 100-Crore earner film’ going audience. Director Abhishek Jain, take a bow.