Chal Picchur Banate Hain – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on September 7, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Madanlal Jain
DIRECTOR – Pritish Chakraborty
WRITER – Pritish Chakraborty
CAST – Rahil Tandon, Bhavna Ruparel
MUSIC – Gaurav Dagaonkar
Self-referencing in Hindi cinema is a phenomenon that is slowly becoming a common theme with newbie directors wishing to tell an original story from their own experiences. Chal Picchur Banate Hain is one such debut attempt by first-time director Pritish Chakraborty. Whether it has elements of his own experiences is a moot point, but it is full of stories that struggle in Bollywood is known for and draws its inspiration from those very stories.
Sagar (Rahil Tandon) is an MBA with a plush offer that will have him rolling in money and ‘settled’, as the middle-class calls it. Much to the horror of his parents, he gives it all up to pursue a career in films. It is a difficult journey from the start and Sagar faces conmen, mercenaries and everything in between but is unable to land himself a break. He does everything from assisting to writing to setting up his actors to act for him. Meanwhile he also falls in love with Merlena (Bhavna Ruparel) looking to settle with a rich guy. He also finds that his family is deep in debt. The stakes keep rising and so does Sagar’s desperation.
The film sets itself up with a quirky and light introduction. It is a situational comedy that borrows from a real life understanding of the insides of Bollywood and some imagination weaving it into Sagar’s story of struggle to realize his dreams. But we have already had a soulful yet detached look at Bollywood’s insides in Zoya Akhtar’s debut Luck By Chance which was also a slanted comment on the vagaries of life behind the lights, Chal Pichchur… uses the Hindi film industry merely as a set-up aiming to invest more in the story of its protagonist’s passion.
As it turns out, the narrative is a little unsure and unfocussed and hence veers inconsistently from Sagar’s story to laughs leaving us little to cheer for. For insiders, Bollywood’s warts are too close and have no charms. For the viewing public it is of little interest as it shears off the dream-world that Bollywood builds for them. In the absence of a sure footing, the film fails to ring an effective note, becoming neither a personal story nor a comic take on the industry’s workings.
The cast is new but perform with an assured confidence that makes up for a lack of distinct screen presence. Rahil Tandon as Sagar is earnest and likeable but unfortunately saddled with a slightly confused story and character graph. Bhavna Ruparel gets little to do but displays a control within her limited role. Secondary characters such as Smita Hai, Mukesh Bhatt and Punkaj Kalra bring an authenticity and credibility to the cast that experience and talent brings.
The film is helped along a bit by its light toned music. There is an attempt to freshness and pace in the use of intercuts and such but it does little for a film that largely is amateurish. Yet, there is an element of optimism and fun that speaks of passion and faith in the subject and for a debut feature, that’s important.