A character in Sooraj Barjatya’s Uunchai speaks about the two lessons he has learnt from every experience. To use this method, the first takeaway from watching Rajshri Films’ Uunchai is that the upholders of traditional values have reluctantly conceded that the modern family has cracks. Secondly, a film that aims for sympathy or admiration for the elderly unfortunately does just the opposite.
When their single buddy Bhupen (Danny Danzongpa), the most fit among a gang of four, suddenly keels over with a heart attack, the grieving three – writer Amit Shrivastav (Amitabh Bachchan), bookseller Om Sharma (Anupam Kher) and lingerie shop owner Javed Siddiqui (Boman Irani) – decide to fulfil his last wish and make a trek to the Everest Base Camp.
Since Bhupen had no family, it falls upon the three friends to scatter his ashes at the place dear to him. It is strange that over a friendship of several decades, the buddies never travelled to Nepal, to which Bhupen belonged.
The preparations to undertake the expedition, which are obviously beyond the physical scope of seventy-plus men, offer a bit of humour. Also, the foolhardy mission must be kept a secret from Javed’s over possessive wife Shabina (Neena Gupta).
They drive from Delhi to Kathmandu taking detours…