How do you react when self-deprecatory promos and some hysterical promotional gimmicks happen to be way more entertaining than the very film in question ?

Bank Chor is a risible thriller impersonating as a comedy. Champak (Riteish Deshmukh), Genda (Vikram Thapa) and Gulab (Bhuvan Arora) select the worst day to rob a bank and mourn just a few minutes later.

Enter Amjad Khan (Vivek Oberoi), playing Gareebon Ka Singham, donning snazzy designer glasses, delivering clap-trap punchlines and unabashedly twirling his moustache. Soon, this dour officer proves to be the robbers’ bĂȘte noire.

How does one even pen down his thoughts after watching over 129 minutes of gratuitous gags and dopey characters ? What possible description one can utter for the performances of the actors? Deshmukh and his gang of thieves share a convivial camaraderie, expectedly followed by incessant hamming and gesticulating. Oberoi curmudgeonly roams around in every frame, as if trying to replicate his debut performance in the 2002 Company.

We are sitting in 2017 and it’s wrenching to witness a film like his unfold on the celluloid. When films of other languages are repeatedly pushing the envelope in terms of storytelling, performances and ambition, Bank Chor is a torturous catastrophe that arrives at the cinemas about ten years too late.

BC would’ve been a felicitous moniker for this Bumpy directorial and I guess I don’t need to mention what that stands for.