Directed by debutante director Kunal Roy Kapoor The President Is Coming is film that betrays conventional thinking. The film actually was to release last year in November but the makers of the film delayed it for some reasons. The President Is Coming is a rib-tickling story about the President’s visit to India and the Indian youth. In fact, it’s the first-ever ‘mockumentary’ that lampoons Bush and also the desi youth.
The movie is a take-off on President Bush’s visit to India in 2006. Interspersed is a situation where a PR firm has been hired to shortlist an Indian below 30 years of age to shake the President’s hand.
Six candidates are short listed. They are from different places in India with varying intellectual degrees and personalities. There’s Konkona Sen Sharma, Ira Dubey, Vivek Gomber, Satchit Puranik, Namit Das and Anand Tiwari. Shernaz Patel and Shivani Tanksale head the PR firm. They are subjected to a ‘reality’ situation where they are put through various tests to determine their skills and aptitude. Yes, there is elimination, sans drama, and the winner will shake the President’s hand.
Performace wise, each and every character in this film has his own importance. They equally stand out in their performances. Most of all is Konkona Sen Sharma. She steals the show. Shernaz Patel is brilliant.
On the whole, The President Is Coming has a wonderful concept, good cast and is well executed. It has its Fs and Bs moments, with the characters going at each other in the quest to win the slot to shake the President’s hand, which sometimes shock, more than amuses. At box-office the film will do an average business.