- Three friends/roommates in Delhi
- a scooter that goes kaput at inopportune moments
- spoofs of pop culture
- getting accidentally involved in criminal goings-on
The answer: Chashm-e-Buddoor, Sai Paranjape's cult classic comedy from 1981.
I do not mean to suggest that the Abhinay Deo-helmed film is a rip-off or that Akshat Verma was taking a hint from Sanjay Gupta and running a DVD of Chashm-e-Buddoor endlessly while doodling out ideas for his script. I just found it interesting that two films I enjoyed had such common elements.