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Ramji Londonwaley

Ramji Londonwaley

Director: Sanjay Dayma
Producer: Suneel Darshan
Cast: R. Madhavan, Ameet Chana, Raj Zutshi, Akhilendra Mishra, Aditya Lakhia and Daya Shankar Pandey

Ramji Londonwaley focuses on the trials and tribulations of a small town cook (R. Madhavan) from a remote town in India, who lands up in the alien western culture of London. Remake of the Tamil hit NALA DAMAYANTHI, which also starred Madhavan as a cook [in the Tamil version, Ramji heads for Australia], Ramji Londonwaley succeeds in bringing a smile on your face and a tear in your eye. Ramji [Madhavan], a cook from Bihar, leaves for London to earn money and dole out the promised dowry for his sister's marriage.

After a hilarious air travel, he lands in London to find that his U.K.-based employer is dead. Things go from bad to worse when Ramji loses his belongings, including his passport, and is virtually on the streets, completely clueless about what to do next. But hope comes in the form of an Indian [Harsh Chhaya] and his wife, who employ him as a chef in their Indian restaurant. But the immigration department swoops on Ramji and the only way out is to get into a marriage of convenience with Sameera [Samita Bangargi], a U.K. national. However, she is already into a steady relationship [Raj Zutshi], but agrees for this marriage since her fiancé compels her to take this step.

The rest of the film is about the immigration authorities getting on Ramji's trail and how the simpleton triumphs in every situation despite obstacles and barriers. The film is very entertaining and simple. The story has been narrated with utmost simplicity and care. There's no effort to resort to clichés or formula, no unwanted songs, or forced climax. The director has done a great job and has succeeded in striking the right balance between humour and melodrama. Vishal Bharadwaj's music is okay. Cinematography [Ravi Varman] is eye-catching. Dialogues [Madhavan, Sanjay Dayma] give the film that extra sheen.

Madhavan has done an excellent job. One can say that the film rests completely on his shoulders. He makes the movie worth watching. Satish Shah as the visa officer and the character of Jai Shankar Pandit also deserve special mention. Samita Bangargi is a revelation. She has given a brilliant performance. The film has a number of characters, but the ones who stand out are Raj Zutshi, Aditya Lakhia, Harsh Chhaya, Dayashanker Pandey and Akhilendra Mishra. On the whole the film is worth a dekho.

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