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Chashme Baddoor – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 6, 2013 | No Comments

FILM – Chashme Baddoor
PRODUCER –  Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
DIRECTOR – David Dhawan
WRITER – Sai Paranjpe (original), Renuka Kunzru & David Dhawan (adapted), Sajid – Farhad (dialogues)
CAST – Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Taapsee Pannu, Divyendu Sharma
MUSIC – Sajid-Wajid

There is something valiant about David Dhawan’s attempt to infuse his brand of ‘cool’ to Sai Paranjpe’s timeless classic ‘Chashm-e-baddoor’. David Dhawan’s comedies were never about class or subtlety but they always were unapologetic. His sense of dramedy and quick-footed gags coupled with an assured direction has made us gulp down some incredibly loud and lewd stuff and get entertained in the process despite ourselves.

In Chashme Baddoor, he re-interprets the story of three good-for-nothing friends and their ideas of love, friendship and betrayal in a cinematically tacky revision. The 80’s are swept away by the new millennium and gags have a funkier tone to them. The three friends Siddharth (Ali Zafar), Jai (Siddharth) and Omi (Divyendu Sharma) are roomies who live for free at their landlady Josephine’s (Lillette Dubey) place and eat at Joseph’s (Rishi Kapoor) restaurant (for free too). Enter Seema (Tapsee Pannu) in their lives and the topsy-turvy begins. Jai and Omi try to woo her first but fail and she falls for Siddharth instead arousing the jealousy of the two who then try to create obstacles in the path of the lovers. Meanwhile there is romance brewing between Joseph and Josephine too.

Story-wise, the film largely stays true to the original adapting situations for the new age. It turns the hugely entertaining character of Lallan Miya into the bubbly, bumbling one of Joseph. The timeless Chamko scene is re-enacted with Joseph and Josephine and so on. The changes have their own place in this freewheeling, slapdash comedy but the film has no resemblance to the original in terms of wit, heart or beauty.

The three leads are meant to play feckless, good-for-nothing boys with the sundry loudness and cackling that goes with the David Dhawan brand of comedy. Ali Zafar has a more toned down character among the three which he plays with his naturally slightly over-done style. Divyendu yet again shows the spark he showed in his debut and sleeper hit Pyaar Ka Punchnama but Siddharth looks extremely unsuitable for the completely over-the-top role he is saddled with. His antics are meant to be loud but he turns the act into a desperate attempt to entertain. Tapsee Pannu is no Deepti Naval and neither is meant to be, but she is no ‘girl-of-dreams’ either, rendering everything happening around her to woo her a little weird. She lacks a presence and distinct expressiveness, the latter present in Anupam Kher’s performance in abundance. He does his OTT template work just like Paresh Rawal does in every Priyadarshan film.

The film leaves nothing much to write home about or warrant a warm watch either except maybe the endearing characters of Joseph and Josephine played by two actors who can make the most outlandish seem plausible. Lillette Dubey and Rishi Kapoor are pleasant and quirky making us wish the entire movie was more like that too.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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