is the story of seven loafers and Old Delhi, spearheaded by a stellar cast that includes Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Aditi Sharma, Aparshakti Khurrana, Vipul Vig and Jatin Sarna
By now it’s clear that the bylanes of Old Delhi are most inspiring for storytellers. These lanes have not just witnessed gallivants scripting stories of aimlessness, but also inspired movie makers to set their films against their backdrop. One such upcoming film is Saat Ucchakkey.
This is an engaging story of seven petty crooks blundering their way through an exciting gamut of mystery, greed, treachery and one riotous crisis after another. Laced with real humour, Saat Ucchakkey’s brilliant cast will once again enliven the lanes of Old Delhi and transport the audience to a different plane.
This laugh-a-minute riot is set against the gritty backdrop of Old Delhi, and the comic caper opens a window into the unpredictable world of magical realism, where the lingo is spattered with the choicest of swear words and the mannerisms with side-splitting humour . “The rollercoaster ride will make you laugh out loud. This story of seven loafers hilariously illustrates the predicament of Pappi Jaatwala (Manoj Bajpayee), who chances upon a prophecy made by a mystic tramp Bichchi (Annu Kapoor),” says director Sanjeev Sharma.
In the middle of his euphoric trance, Bichchi gives Pappi a sign that suggests the presence of a mysterious secret hidden in an obscure, impenetrable haveli. Pappi gathers a cocky, know-it-all bunch to execute an ambitious plan to rob the treasure. As they embark on this comic trail, every step they take is shaded with unexpected surprises and laughs.
The quirky characters of Saat Uchakkey are played by Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Aditi Sharma, Aparshakti Khurrana, Vipul Vig and Jatin Sarna. Shares director Sanjeev Sharma: “I am so fortunate to be working with these talented performers. They all come from a theatre background with solid experience, and all of them have great camaraderie on screen. Their chemistry on screen is unbelievable.”
Talking further about the film, Sanjeev adds: “Saat Uchakkey will be the most authentic film on Old Delhi and I’m certain people will love it and its old world charm.”
Vijay Raaz, who does very few films, is delighted to be part of Saat Uchakkey. “I am very happy to be associated with such a fantastic film. I was overjoyed when I heard the script and was amazed at how beautifully our director Sanjeev Sharma had written all the characters. Films like these are not made nowadays and it’s something you will realise when you watch it,” he states.
His colleague, actor Kay Kay Menon, says: “I have worked in many films but very few films are close to my heart and Saat Uchakkey is one such special film for me. It’s a hilarious story.”
Filmmaker and CEO of Wave Cinemas, Rahul Mittra, adds: “With a stellar cast and amazing performances, Saat Uchakkey is a quirky film that we are sure the audience will savour and will enjoy.”
Having watched a few scenes from the edited film, lead actor Manoj Bajpayee believes it will do well. “I’m proud of being part of such a movie,” he says.
The actor had shot for the movie in Delhi, together with Kay Kay Menon and Vijay Raaz, both of whom he greatly admires.
Shital Bhatia from Friday Filmworks, under whose banner the film was made says, “Saat Uchakkey is a major step in the direction of Friday Filmworks’ content philosophy of backing and producing genre and clutter-breaking films. At Friday Filmworks, we fell in love with the world of this film and the script the very first time we heard the story. It’s a matter of pride for us that we’ve produced a film that stars such talented and iconic actors like Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Annu Kapoor and Vijay Raaz. With Saat Uchakkey, the audience should look forward to a film that is true and authentic to its setting and storytelling and one which attempts to break the comic-caper genre in a truly Indian way.”