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CHASHME BADDOOR Movie Review: David Dhawan back in form
Kausar Munir, Jaleesh Sherwani and Neelesh Misra
Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Divyendu Sharma, Taapsee Pannu and Rishi Kapoor
April 5, 2013 05:43:27 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
Dhawan's CHASHME BADDOOR is a remake of the original by Sai Paranjpye (1981). So as far as creativity goes, it scores zilch. It only goes to show what bad times Bollywood has fallen into. In the years to come, there will only be re-makes like at one point in time there were re-mixes. And everyone knows that to make a re-mix, you don't have to be a genius. Someone else has done the hard work; you just add another layer and voila, the work is yours!
Here, too, David Dhawan has got a ready-made script although he has twisted it a bit to suit recent times with 'mast, new-age' dialogues ('If you can't change the girl, change the girl') and shayaris. And though I walked in to watch the film a bit hesitant (HIMMATWALA was remade just last week), I was pleasantly surprised by the energy Dhawan has managed to infuse with the three main characters.
There are many genuine 'laugh your guts out' moments. Set in Goa, CHASHME BADDOOR revolves around Sid (Ali Zafar), Jai (Siddharth Narayan), and Omi (Divyendu Sharma). While Omi and Jai are much the 'robust romeos', Sid is the more mature, quieter guy. Seema (Taapsee Pannu) runs away from home to stay in their neighborhood with her Nani and uncle. Omi and Jai instantly want to score with her, but it is Sid, who later wins her heart.
The twist comes when his kamine friends decide to break their relationship.
Rishi Kapoor as Joseph and Lillete Dubey as Josephine too have a role that begins with a bang, but ends with a whimper.
About Dhawan, you can say that he is back with a vengeance as the first 45 minutes are a laugh riot. But as the film crosses over after half-time, he drags a bit with some 'over-the-top' gags that are a bit difficult to digest. Like the filmy scene in the end engineered by Nani, Omi and Jai and also the track where Joseph and Josephine are fed lies about each other by Jai and Omi. Then there is also that unnecessary scene where Josephine goes with a detergent to Joseph's house. All these take off the sting of the punch delivered by Dhawan early on. As for the first song, it is pure noise!
In future, I hope a regulatory body [in its bid to protect the creativity of old] is set up to screen remakes. I also hope there is a huge fee on making remakes which would automatically deter producers from venturing into tampering with classics.
I was particularly intrigued by Asha Bhosle's quote during the release of her debut film MAI, a few months ago. When quizzed about remixes she had said: 'No matter how many films are remade and songs remixed, the original is the best and is always remembered.'
Cheers to the filmmakers of old... And to the new age gurus, I would like to request them to dig deep into their resources; a classic or two is residing somewhere down there. Don't take the shorter route for a creative high.