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May 04, 2016 Wednesday     
The biggest star of Punjabi Cinema (Diljit) playing a character he is best known for, one of the most innovative directors of ‘music videos circle’ with some huge projects in his repertoire (Gifty) making his proud film debut, the nostalgic narrow lanes of old Delhi used as an immensely likable colourful backdrop and a comic theme revolving around cunning property dealers (vaguely inspired from the basic plot of KHOSLA KA GHOSLA), certainly seems to be an exciting premise for an enjoyable Punjabi comedy film tilted MUKHTIAR CHADHA along with some catchy upbeat tracks raising the expectation level.
But sadly, the above mentioned potential elements appear to be great only on paper, as the film simply fails to present them all in any collective enjoyable form disappointing many, particularly the family audience expecting some great entertaining cinema from Diljit and his team post SARDAR JI.
In fact such is the substandard, upsetting result of this big project (reportedly stuck in the making for a long time) that one wonders that did they really had anything in hand as a storyline or script to shoot their various sequences at all? Because the film is just like a sum of many poor gags put together in a silly rush and all we have is the lead character and nothing else to be precise in the name of story progression or plotline heading towards a clumsy climax.
In exact words, here we have a Hindi speaking friend who keeps annoying right from the beginning quite pathetically, a leading lady (Oshin Brar) unable to make any connection with the viewers whatsoever and a big display of overacting from the ‘Mama Ji’ along with the typical mother played by the veteran Kiran Juneja. Besides there are many deliberately added ‘over the top’ characters too like the thin funny gangster (Khyaali), a poetry loving land-grabber (Yashpal Sharma), a big well-built person with a girlish voice and a middle aged Bihari man being repeatedly fooled on the phone, that are unable to generate any laughter in the theater ruining all the big expectations from the film. Moreover it’s the cliched sequences of a funny Ramlila being played on stage, a 10-faced Ravan riding a scooter (straight away reminding you of Akshay Kumar’s scene in TASHAN) and the ridiculous machine gun firing in the climax, that strongly pull down MUKHTIAR CHADHA to even below the level of mediocre to be honest. However the biggest shock comes post intermission, when we get to witness the weirdest scene of a ‘graphically created girl’ inserted without any reason at all, simply forcing you to ask, ‘What the hell they are really up to as a creative team?”
In the technical department, the songs as well as the cinematography do keep trying to give the film its much required lift sincerely, but the background music keeps ruining their noticeable impact adding all kinds of variety sounds in its distinctive sequences. In short there is only one enjoyable element in MUKHTIAR CHADHA and that is the performance of its leading man Diljit Dosanjh alone, who just marginally saves the film from being a complete disaster.
However as fans and enthusiastic viewers of Punjabi movies, everyone was certainly awaiting a much better, polished, well written and maturely directed product from the team of Diljit and Gifty together.
Rating : 1 / 5
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07 December 2015 / bobbysing /
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If after watching a film you have all praises for its lead actor, art direction and background score, but are not willing to praise the film on the whole as any entertaining experience at all, then that’s a clear failure for the makers, unable to make any kind of connection with the general viewers, which is unfortunately the case with the much awaited MAIN AUR CHARLES made on the real life stories of Charles Sobhraj, a conman/serial killer active towards the end of the last century.
Recalling the news bulletins/newspapers of those decades I personally remember Sobhraj’s criminal deeds being read and discussed with the element of an ‘entertaining awe’ and most of the people imagining him as a charming, clever hero of some Hindi pulp fiction novel, forgetting all about the blood and murders associated with his big-name willingly.  So following the same pattern, one expected the bio-pic of such a controversial-likable personality to be an equally exciting watch depicting ‘the cat & mouse games’ played with the Police in a truly entertaining manner making the best of the opportunity given.
However it was really sad to see the film turning out to be nothing but a mere stylized portrayal of Charles’s happening life scoring much less on the content level disappointing many.
Giving the deserving credit to its visible merits, yes here we have Randeep Hooda truly enacting the character with an impressive, mesmerizing elegance using a fine mix of language, make-up and dialogue-delivery creating a hypnotic kind of impact (just like the real life Charles), an intelligent re-creation of the gone era by the art-directors, a pulsating background score (though there is no innovation tried by the composers following the past hits) and a talented cast ensemble in the key roles making it an enjoyable film for the viewers just interested in the technical part of the creation ignoring everything else.
On the other hand, when you take into consideration its less engaging script progression, the ‘more than required’ artistic style of narration, not so clearly spoken dialogues having a foreign accent, the deliberated inserted skin-show, lackluster music (ruining another golden hit “Jab Chhaye Mera Jadoo”), avoidable dumb characters as of Mandana Karimi and no detailed attention given on the ‘How he did it all’ part of the biography, MAIN AUR CHARLES seems to be a pretty confused product trying to cater the classes as well as the masses together following a jumbled vision of its director Parwaal Raman. As a result despite the honest efforts put in by Adil Hussain, Richa Chaddha and Vipin Kumar it doesn’t reach out to the general viewers willing to see something exciting as well as entertaining made on the life of a negative but interesting French-Indian-Vietnamese personality of Charles Sobhraj.
Having said that, MAIN AUR CHARLES does hold you tight in its final 40 minutes showcasing the jail-break sequence and the link established with the opening scene of his murders committed in Thailand. Plus it has some exceptional strokes too played occasionally like focusing on the book ‘Mein Kampf’ in Sobhraj’s personal collection, the old Black & White classic being played in the jail for the selected inmates and the warden referring to him as ‘Sir’. Yet, one honestly misses the finer details and is forced to think that the potential subject and figure surely deserved a much better film from the makers materializing on the golden chance.
Moreover the film also couldn’t give me answers for many significant questions in mind. Like what was his early childhood about, where did he learn his various arts of influencing/hypnotizing people, how he used to charge for his interviews and discuss copyrights of his personal life-content, did the ‘Charles' in his name have anything to do with ‘Charlie Chaplin’ (as it is rumoured), what were his views about India in particular, what happened to him after the Indian chapter, where is he now and what’s in his mind at the present after spending so many years in the jails of various countries? (The questions Google answers much better than the film!)
Anyway, where MAIN AUR CHARLES successfully manages to score on technical grounds, it fails to do the same in terms of ‘connecting with the general audience’ as desired. But you can still see it for the style quotient and Randeep Hooda in particular who simply nails it playing Charles Sobhraj …..unarguably.
Rating : 2+1 / 5 (with an addition 1 just for Randeep Hooda’s efforts and presentation.)
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02 November 2015 / bobbysing /
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The major strength of Anurag Kashyap’s GANGS OF WASSEYPUR series was its writing and electrifying characterization (along with the brutal execution on screen) that worked perfectly with the rustic genre of the film unarguably. So when the talented co-writer and actor of GOW, Zeishan Quadri comes up with his directorial debut written by himself then it obviously raises your expectation to sky high, excitingly looking for many innovative as well as entertaining characters such as Definite (played by himself), Perpendicular, Tangent and a lot more.
However, maybe it was the reputation of a path-breaking triumph achieved in the past or the over-excitement (or confidence) of handling a solo project with an interesting cast, Quadri’s MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS doesn’t turn out to be as engrossing and impressive as expected with only few engaging moments towards the end, questionably once again made on an ‘all repetitive script’ delivering the routine content.
Yes, as a writer he does create many catchy characters giving you the raw feel of a small town gang, their unplanned loots and gang-wars. But fails to infuse any fast paced thrill on the screen lacking that likeable charm and finesse in many potential sequences. Clearly accepting a heavy Tarantino influence, the film begins focusing on a group of goons discussing their latest crime (exactly like in RESERVOIR DOGS) with the camera constantly revolving around them in circles creating an avoidable, uneasy feel. And as you get to know more side-characters introduced next (played by some known names), one honestly starts expecting something fresh or never seen before to surface soon in either the plotline or execution coming from the promising Quadri.
Surprisingly nothing of that sort happens in the entire first hour and the film keeps moving without any excitement as such heading towards the same old familiar theme of ‘kidnapping and ransom scheme gone wrong’ offering nothing novel or appreciable in terms of entertainment or return of your money spent.
In short the major saving grace of the project remains its occasional humour and the last 45 minutes when one of them gets shot willfully and the investigations actually begin bringing the viewer in. The second feature that doesn’t let you write-off MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS completely is its performances with all fine actors playing their given roles sincerely including Jaideep Ahlawat, Aakash Dahiya, Chandrachur Rai, Vansh Bhardwaj, Jatin Sharma, Shadab Kamal and Nushrat Bharucha as the only leading lady in the goon’s team. Plus providing their professional support to the youngsters are Sanjay Sharma (as Mama ji), Brijendra Kala (as the employer) and Mukul Dev as the rough, arrogant police officer of Meeruth. The film’s music department (including a promotional song by cricketer Suresh Raina), its cinematography, art direction and dialogues try hard to convert it into an underdog venture looking for praises, but I seriously wish the team was given a better script to perform on and create the magic.
Anyway, ending it all with the same (circling) camera movement seen in the film’s first shot, writer- director Zeishan Quadri certainly displays his exceptional cinematic sparks and is sure to bounce back with something better soon.
Till then you can still watch MEERUTHIYA GANGSTERS, only if you can personally relate to the particular region and wish to see an honest collective attempt that should have been a lot better.
Rating : 2 / 5
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