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FILM – Chatur Singh Two Stars

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on August 20, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Mohamed Aslam
DIRECTOR – Ajay Chandok
WRITER – Rumi Jaffery, Sai Kabir
CAST – Sanjay Dutt, Ameesha Patel, Suresh Menon, Anupam Kher, Satish Kaushik
MUSIC – Sajid, Wajid

If the promos misled you into thinking this was a remake of the bumbling Inspector Clousseau’s hilarious ‘Pink Panther’ films then the title slate corrects your expectations right at the beginning. It is based on M. Raja’s novel ‘Chalak Jasoos’, which is as well since the film rolls out like a C-grade Hindi pulp fiction novel with garish covers that we are used to seeing being sold at railway stations.

So Chatur Singh Two Star (Sanjay Dutt) is an incorruptible and absolutely dumb Inspector who keeps ruining every case he is put onto. A corrupt minister Y.Y.Singh is murdered and his secretary, Sonia (Ameesha Patel) is charged for his murder. Chatur Singh has his heart set on her. The murderers who are using Sonia as a pawn convince her to use him to escape and she does only to have him chase her to Australia. There they are joined by Chatur Singh’s (an equally bumbling) Commissioner (Anupam Kher) and a battalion of mafia dons who apparently will prove Sonia is innocent.

The film is tacky, slapstick and unimaginably juvenile. Actors howl, scream and make the kind of faces that one would assume amuse four year olds, (but given how precocious our younger generation is these days, that seems unlikely too). When sound fails, visuals do their part with outlandish costumes and situations. The film boasts a line-up of popular faces and good actors but each one seems to simply outdo each other in their over-the-top expressions and seriously unfunny mannerisms. Sanjay Dutt, Ameesha Patel, Anupam Kher, Sanjay Mishra simply remain names with none of their regular charm we are used to. To be strictly avoided. Even by four year-olds.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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