Yes, that’s right. Another film about urban pickpockets. 07_chor-chor-super-chor Find it on Einthusan.   Satbir has been part of a group of petty thieves for a while now, but he wants to go legitimate. Now, he is not going to outright leave, since he considers these people to be family (literally sometimes), but he no longer wants to participate in their operations. The big boss, Shuklaji, is okay with this. At the very least, Satbir is not going to get arrested by a suspiciously friendly cop or poached by an ambitious gangster named Amol. Sabtbir manages to beg his way into a job as a real estate agent. Unfortunately, he completely fails at talking up one apartment to a prospective buyer named Neena. It could be because she is pretty and he is smitten, but she is not impressed with either him or the apartment. So, Satbir is pretty much relegated back to his old position of dressing up as a giant samosa in front of a restaurant inside a train station. By sheer coincidence, this is the station that Neena uses. Satbir tries to put the top part of his uniform on so that his face gets covered, but Neena may have recognized him. As the other thieves express concern over Satbir’s vow to live honestly, Amol shows up to once again give his speech about the need to follow the big money instead of scrambling for scraps. Most of the gang is dismissive of his overtures and Satbir is particularly hostile. Satbir’s younger brother, Roni, seems interested. The next day, the gang is at the train station, they manage to steal one guy’s manpurse and play an extremely fast game of keep away until one of them accidentally gives it to Satbir. It is unclear whether this was a complete accident or if he did it instinctively since Satbir used to be the handoff guy. In any case, the gang is thwarted as Satbir holds the manpurse aloft for the guy to retrieve. The guy gives Satbir a smile, but no monetary compensation or even thanks. Meanwhile, Roni makes his way up several flights of stairs to some part of this abandoned building that Amol calls his headquarters. By sheer coincidence, Amol shows Roni a picture of the guy who was the mark at the train station. Apparently, this man is worth over $40 million and Amol thinks that they could get $8 million through kidnapping him and holding him for ransom. Roni is supposed to come up with the plan. He immediately asks about his cut, which would be $1,600. Amol raises it to $3,200 when he sees that Roni is unhappy with the amount, but Roni says no less than $16,000. Amol accepts and Roni leaves, though not before secretly stealing Amol’s sunglasses. Amol is actually quite amused when he finds out. Roni goes back to try to entice another of Shuklaji’s thieves to join him on the kidnapping scheme, but the man refuses out of loyalty to Shuklaji. Back at the train station and out of his samosa uniform, Satbir is trying to time it just right so that he meets Neena while she is walking by. Unfortunately, one of his former partners spots her handbag before he can signal to her and…oh, it’s gone. Her train pass and money were in that bag, so she has no way of getting out of the station short of getting arrested. The local cop is unsympathetic and unwilling to look for the thief, despite her holding the cut handle of her bag. Satbir pays for her way out and steers her away from a pedicab run by another of his thief friends. He begs the thief who took her bag to give it back, and is eventually able to hand it over (with everything still in it) to Neena. Neena seems surprisingly impressed, and actually expresses an interest in this world of thieves that Satbir had thought to leave behind. Amol and the gang ambush their mark, but Roni gives them all the slip, taking the guy for himself and whisking him away to what Roni claims to be his hotel. It looks more like a small pastry shop. Roni may have been too ambitious for either Shuklaji or Amol, but he does not have what it takes to be an imposing figure. His captive seems neither hostile nor angry, but he simply refuses to cooperate with Roni’s demand to call anyone for ransom. So, Roni is in trouble. This film is gently amusing. I guess that one way of describing it would be something like a mild adult sitcom that goes by the logic of a children’s sitcom. There are some parts of the movie early on that stretch the levels of belief, such as the actions of Roni’s captive or one particular bathroom robbery, but one might just let these things slide. The movie has a semi-comedic soundtrack that suggests a knowing wink, but the movie still gives the impression that this stuff could theoretically happen. This tone of slight exaggeration continues for another quarter of the movie, even as the plot takes a totally ridiculous turn. I am not sure if the title of the movie (which translates as “Thief Thief Super Thief” as far as I can tell) has some sort of play on words that would have hinted at the direction that the plot would take, but I guess that it is for the better. Or worse, if you just give up on the movie when it is revealed what is going on. Personally, I thought that the “twist” was hilarious, and the somewhat subdued comedic tone made it even funnier than it would have been had the movie made it obnoxiously zany. By the time the final twenty minutes or so came around and the movie simply gives up all pretense of being the least bit realistic and just goes plain old stupid, I was already way in. I guess that one gripe that one could have is characterization. There are quite a few characters here, but it can sometimes be difficult to get a read on them. This movie definitely places its plot over character, and it can be most notable with the character of Neena. Love interests can often be difficult to write, but it seems as if the movie gradually made her more and more interesting during the first half of the movie and then just gave her nothing to do in the second half, despite there being a few opportunities to allow her to be more proactive. By that time, though, there are already things distracting from her subplot anyways, so I did not find it to be that big of a failing, even if it was noticeable. There is really not much more for me to say about this movie. It is small and not really taxing. Just a mild comedy that is both low-key and utterly silly. If that is up your alley, then you might want to check this one out.     Next Time: The Raid (Indonesia: 2011, approx. 100 minutes) Wikipedia     Time After Next: Swing Girls (Japan: 2004, approx. 105 minutes) Wikipedia

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