Chaar Din ki Chaandni – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on March 9, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Samir Karnik
DIRECTOR – Samir Karnik
WRITER – Amit Masurkar, Nishant Hada
CAST – Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Mukul Dev, Anita Raaj, Sushant Singh, Chandrachur Singh, Rahul Singh, Farida Jalal
MUSIC – Sandesh Shandilya, RDB, Shiv Hari, Abhishek Ray
There are cooks who are intuitive about food and there are those who drop different ingredients, textures, colours, shapes and sizes in a cooking pan and assume the sheer variety will bring the zing. Samir Karnik, in the true tradition of this latter type of a kitchen king takes two families, Punjabi and Rajasthani, adds a drunkard, a lech, a temperamental man and a kinky would-be bride to the sketchy story of a young couple wanting to get married. He places this semi-story against the backdrop of a royal wedding and tops it with dollops of slapstick. He then twists the story around by adding forced complications of impersonations and love pentagons, thereby making more space for the incessant screaming and shouting. He then references his heroine’s name from one of Hindi cinema’s classics and also has the leads dance on those tunes. It is so stuffed with every thinkable kind of masala that one would surely agree that the film has to turn out a compellingly spicy treat. If only. When cooking doesn’t work that way, how can films?
There is an almost impressive line-up of actors, all cast in unlikely characters. So you have Chandrachur Singh as an alcoholic, Mukul Dev as a womanizer, Rahul Singh as a pompous Colonel, Sushant Singh with a temper problem, Anupam Kher as the proud but flaky Rajput and Om Puri as the loud and common-place Punjabi. Somewhere in between there is Anita Raj, positioned as a super-gorgeous woman. An interesting ensemble one may think, but sadly this pot pourri is put together with so little imagination, talent or skill, that all it reflects is an affinity to a school play made by hyper-active kids.
In this melee, Tusshar Kapoor plays the lead and for someone with no screen presence and a modicum talent his performance comes through energetic and flouncy. If not power he presents some sort of sense to the nonsense surrounding him. He is outshone by Kulraj Randhawa, probably the only good thing about the film. Her sparkling presence and winsome smile alone do a lot to the watchability quotient than the entire ensemble. She has a charisma and an honesty that she carries with a non-chalant confidence.
Insipid writing, flat and over-stretched jokes, hyper-energetic performances that miss timing repeatedly and a plot that drones along on the strength of its feeble jokes. This is all that ‘Chaar din ki Chandni’ serves up, apart from the bad taste in the mouth of what our films have come to.