Pramod Joshi tries to do an Anurag Kashyap. CHHODO KAL KI BAATEIN has layers akin to NO SMOKING. The movie keeps going back into the mind of the protagonist with the director peeling one layer after another. While NO SMOKING was stylish in its approach, CKKB is monotonous. At a point in time, it gets really annoying.
The movie is all about Aditya Pradhan (Sachin Khedekar) a self-made businessman who has always been in pursuit of excellence and wealth. For him, there is no Sunday or lunch break. Neither does he have any time for his wife or kid. All he is interested in is his office and the next deal he will seal. Then one day, he ventures into a never-ending Sunday which changes his perspective to life.
Here, in his mind space, he meets Benaam Kumar (Anupam Kher) a wise blind man who steers him off his destructive path.
Joshi has had the gumption to steer away from the ordinary and experiment with something innovative. For that alone he deserves a pat on the back. But the way in which he has approached this subject is destructive, like the protagonist. For one, the sets are tacky, most of the characters are way below the mark and he keeps hammering the same point, again and again. OK, we get it. One does not have to spell out the whole story and in the bargain eat so much of time when you could have packaged this product in a little under 90 minutes. The novelty of the film wears off big time because the director did not know when enough was enough.
At the end, you do go back with a positive lesson. But at what price?