CHAL PICHCHUR BANATE HAIN is a refreshing story idea. Although we have seen films like LUCK BY CHANCE, KHOYA KHOYA CHAND and more recently, MERE DOST PICTURE ABHI BAAKI HAI, this film is not repetitive in the sense that there is no sense of having seen it. The reason being, it is totally and outsider's perspective and his journey of following his passion of film-making.
Suraj (Rahil Tandon) is a successful MBA who is on the cusp of a career-breakthrough. He has just been selected by his firm for a transfer in the UK with a fancy salary. His friends are happy, his parents are over-the-moon and his girlfriend's parents are already making marriage plans. But there is one hitch: Suraj is unfazed by this development; all he wants is to pursue his childhood dream of scripting, directing and producing films. And to pursue this dream of his, he lets go of this very exciting offer that can stabilize him and his family, financially.
His to-be-in-laws are shattered, his dad is worried and his friends think he is nuts. Then begin his rounds to break into the periphery of the filmi duniya. He starts by getting employed to erect movie hoardings and soon moves into assisting on film sets before moving onto another producer and then finally leaving this job to concentrate on making his own movies.
Before long, he realizes that his family is in a financial mess and his retired dad can no longer manage the household while his younger sister does whatever she can through her job. Reality dawns on Suraj that the film world looks good from the outside but from within, it is a different struggle altogether. There are assistant directors struggling for years for their big break and assistants working on sets to stay connected with the big wigs. But breaks don't come easily... at least not for anyone from outside the industry.
Although director Pritish Chakraborty has not dwelt on nepotism, it is one underlying fact that comes out loud and clear; if Suraj was the son of a well-known actor, producer or director... his life would not have been a struggle. Breaks would have come by the dozen! Even after flops... but that would be a script for another film. Maybe Part II.
Rahil Tandon essays the role of a fresh MBA with his eyes on 70mm with ease. You can easily identify with his character. Although his performance is not powerful, he makes you believe in his character and takes you through his frustration. Bhavana Ruparel as Merlena, on the other hand is a powerful performance. She is in sync with the role she plays. A talent to watch out for. Absolutely comfortable with any scene she is asked to perform with a terrific body language.
Director Pritish Chakraborty has most of the nuances of this plot in tune. The bit struggle, the frustration, the angst of his parents, the indifference of the industry and the blatant plagiarism are dealt with well. A song in particular sensitizes the way the industry works today with lyrics that go thus... 'Original ka gaya zamana, sab copy paste hai. Ctrl C, Crtl V'
The sore point here is that Chakraborty overshoots the climax by 20 minutes. Once the hero gets his break, Chakraborty goes into another sub-plot that brings all his hard work of building up the plot crashing down. It's like a guest who becomes a pest when he has overstayed his welcome.