Chaalis Chauraasi (2012) Movie Review – Details

Movie Title – Chaalis Chauraasi

Star Cast- Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, RaviKissen, Manoj Pahwa

Producer- Sachin Awasthee, Uday Shetty, Anuya Mhaiskar

Director- Hriday Shetty

Genre- Crime/Comedy

Music- Lalit Pandit, Vishal Rajan

Rating: 3.5/5

Yet another of those movies whose flawed story is uplifted by stunning performances by the cast. With a cast that is an amalgamation of people from the best of the industry, Chaalis Chaurasi is a performance oriented movie. Although the cast of the movie had kept it in the news, news it did make but sadly enough only for the cast.

The story has no novelty to it, and fails to add a touch of intensity to the movie. The movie is about four corrupt police officers who dreams big and intends to undergo a mission that would fulfill their dreams of prosperity. The four lead of the movie does bond well and there is a good sharing of screen space as no one tries to overdo the other’s performance. The movie starts off as an attempt at humor and with progression turns into a failed attempt at action. The clichéd story of evil cops, baddie who does meet destruction at the end, people with dual lives does not make a mark.

Every character has its grey shades, with details like Kay Kay being a car thief and suffering from an intense obsessive compulsive disorder for antique cars. A retired professor who also doubles as a driver, the story leads to disbelief. The finer details of the plot have not been properly laid out and one wonders how an amazing set of actor agree to be a part of such a project.

The item numbers are the biggest disappointment, with no oomph and no flavor to the usual song and dance routine. The movie takes up a slow pace and eventually turns into an unbearable watch with the lack of comedy in the second half of the movie.

Industry stalwarts like Naseeruddin Shah and serious actors like Kay Kay Menon have had very little to contribute to the movie, however their performances made it tolerable. Very stunning performances by the actors in an otherwise bland and monotonous movie make it watchable. The USP of the movie is the attempt at humor and the chemistry of the four characters.  The storyline follows the foursome trying to rob money form an almost unguarded place in Mumbai, and the story is set rolling. The action sequences can be easily passed off as very amateurish and the bloodshed and violence was unnecessary.

Overall a movie that cannot be suggested to the audiences, except for ardent followers of the cast, who might want to watch the movie for strong performance. A waste to an otherwise good star cast and an equally bad plot executed with several flaws in the making. Chaalis Chaurasi shifts its focus from being an action comedy to getting lost and ending up in a confused genre. The climax which obviously had greater ambitions does little to the film and instead makes it longer and dragging. Overall a very predictable plot with very poor execution.

Details:

Chaalis Chauraasi, is the story of 4 policemen played by Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Ravi Kishan and Atul Kulkarni. The film is directed by the brother of renowned director Rohit Shetty, Hriday Shetty. Interestingly, Hriday has directed two movies prior to this though both failed to do well at the box office. The plot is based on the 4 cops, who try to accomplish a mission presented to them. Just when they plan to get things going for the mission, another cop takes them with him to catch a dreaded gangster.

The story is based on the night when the happenings progress. As the cops have a tough image of themselves, they encounter many sticky situations which force them to introspect within themselves.

The film has 4 actors who are regarded greatly for their acting prowess. Its normal to hear squabbles on the sets these days, when accomplished actors are pitted with each other. Director Hriday Shetty was actually anticipating clashes of egos, but to his delight the actors carried their work with thorough professionalism. The actors got on very well with each other quips the director. Actor Kay Kay Menon supports this claim too. Kay Kay refers to Naseeruddin Shah as his mentor having worked with him in various plays. He also stated that he had a fantastic rapport with Atul Kulkarni and Ravi Kissen, the fellow lead actors in the movie.

The USP of the film is that it is very breezy and is shot in a police van. The film is a dark comedy, but no abusive words have been used in the film according to the director. The music of the film is generating a lot of waves these days. The famous song, Hawa Hawa sung originally by Hasan Jehangir, has been reused in this film. Daler Mehendi and Mamta Sharma have also lent their voice to the film. In the promo video, the 4 actors are seen grooving on the remixed version of Hawa Hawa.

The film is scheduled for release on 13th January 2011 and is expected to clash with Sadda Adda, Ghost and Tutiya Dil. While no movie amongst these is expected to give a fight to Hriday Shetty’s film, Players releasing on 6th January remains a threat. The box office fate of Chaalis Chauraasi, will depend on how players fares. Chaalis Chauraasi has generated a lot of buzz around it, but it yet remains to be seen if it will be converted into box office success. For the time being, the thought of putting four talented actors in unconventional roles, looks like a fresh thought which may work in the movie’s favor.