The Mus­ke­teers!

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - A BRUNCH FOCUS - By Gau­tam Burago­hain

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.”

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