Bank Chor

Bank Chor’ is a comic caper starring Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Rhea Chakraborty, Sahil Vaid, Bhuvan Arora, Vikram Thapa and Baba Sehgal in a cameo. It has been directed by Bumpy and revolves around three morons who attempt to loot a bank, and their misadventures that follow.   

Champak Chandrakant Chiplunkar (Riteish Deshmukh), a believer of Vaastu Shastra, teams up with two dimwits Genda (Vikram Thapa) and Gulab (Bhuvan Arora) from Delhi NCR (Faridabad and Ghaziabad) to loot a bank for ‘personal reasons’. Champak disguises as a swami, while Gulab and Genda don masks of an elephant and a horse and enter the bank. They take hostage the bank’s staff and customers, who are rather surprised with the trio’s silly antics and tomfoolery. Champak is more obsessed with his Vaastu, while his two accomplices make a mess of the heist by sealing the locker in their attempt to open it. They accidently set off the alarm and police arrive on the spot, followed by a brave CBI officer Amjad Khan (Vivek Oberoi). Khan is given the charge of the situation who tells the media of knowing beforehand about the robbery and lies about an undercover cop present inside the bank, knowing little that there actually is an undercover officer inside. This makes the ‘3 idiots’, as the trio is referred by the hostages, panic and regretting their decision. In a twist, a person named ‘Jugnu’ (Sahil Vaid) declares himself to be the real robber and starts searching for a hard drive. But soon it is revealed that he is not a robber. Elsewhere, an eminent businessman and a powerful politician are annoyed hearing about the robbery attempt, which brings a major twist in the tale.

Although ‘Bank Chor’ has been promoted as a comedy, it turns out to be a thriller laced in comedy. There are sub-plots and many twists and turns that keep unfolding in the second half which is the interesting and entertaining part of the movie. The first half mostly includes the comic part with amateur thieves Champak and his gang trying to make us laugh, or rather chuckle with their silliness and guffawing. The dialogues and jokes may be cliched, but they are cleverly inserted. The constant Mumbai vs Delhi argument between Champak and his fellow-robbers is hilarious.      

As for the performances, Riteish has previously played comic roles in several movies and has proved his comic mettle. Debutant Vikram Thapa and Bhuvan Arora have also enacted their stupid characters very well. The three actors share a great chemistry and come out as extremely funny. Vivek Oberoi has also put up a good show as the CBI officer and the scene of his conversation with Riteish’s character is interesting and brings to mind the face-off between the cop and the ingenious robbers of ‘Dhoom’ series. Sahil Vaid steals the show with his performance as Jugnu, and his character is also a very important one who brings about a major twist in the film. Rhea Chakraborty doesn't make much of an impact and is more of a glamorous addition.

‘Bank Chor’ begins on a comic note which remains for a good part, but just when one starts thinking it’s all about the silly robbers, the film changes track for the better and there is more action and drama. The overall makes for a fun and entertaining watch.