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Movie Review | MADAM CHIEF MINISTER : Worth Your ‘Vote’

MADAM CHIEF MINISTER is a story of a feisty woman from Uttar Pradesh who defies all odds and changes the game of caste politics in India

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Here is our critic’s movie review of MADAM CHIEF MINISTER, an upcoming Indian Hindi language political drama film directed by Subhash Kapoor starring Richa Chadda in the lead role. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Naren Kumar and Dimple Kharbanda, MADAM CHIEF MINISTER is scheduled for theatrical release in India on 22 January 2021.

MADAM CHIEF MINISTER Movie Review

Main Kunwari Hoon, Tezz Kataari hoon… par tumhari hoon… meet Tara (Richa Chadda) a feisty oddball who after being rejected by Indu (Akshay Oberoi) an upper cast youth leader fights patriarchy, caste oppression and rises to power in Uttar Pradesh with the help of her mentor Masterji (Saurabh Shukla) a respected senior leader/activist for the Dalits and other backward class.

Written and directed by PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA, JOLLY LLB series fame Subhash Kapoor it’s a quintessential Bollywood political potboiler that is more fiction than fact. Yes, traces from the political life behenji urf Mayawati can be felt. The slogan tilak tarazu, the guest house incident, relationship of masterji (is it Kashi Ram Mr. Subash Kapoor?) with Tara. But Subhash Kapoor takes a leaf from the incidents that happened and changes it completely to suit his screenplay which is engaging enough to hold you through as an escapist movie on a feisty, bold and brave woman who changed the outlook of caste politics in the Hindi heartland.

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Subhash Kapoor’s days as a political journalist during the mandal kamandal days – the 90s must have been the inspiration behind MADAM CHIEF MINISTER.

It’s Richa Chadda’s movie without any iota of doubt. One of the finest actresses we have, Richa is bang on as Tara, playing with authority and grace as the iron-willed woman who suddenly has achieved the knack of scoring over her opponents as a smart politician, but she is still decidedly human and she makes mistakes. Superb.

Saurabh Shukla is outstanding. Akshay Oberoi is fantastic. Manav Kaul is fabulous. While Nikhil Vijay as Babloo leaves an impression.

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Flaws

Looking at the repertoire of Subhash Kapoor, MADAM CHIEF MINISTER is an escapist political drama on the lines of Prakash Jha. The wit, sweeping social/political comments and satire seen in Subhash Kapoor’s earlier movies like PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA, JOLLY LLB series, is completely missing. He is not at his best over here.

Final words

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MADAM CHIEF MINISTER is a story of a feisty woman from Uttar Pradesh who defies all odds and changes the game of caste politics in India. Richa Chadda’s powerful act as the iron-willed lady of UP covers most of the flaws and urges you to cast your vote for her. It’s worth your ‘vote’ (read time at the theatre near you).

Movie Madam Chief Minister
CastRicha Chadda, Akshay Oberoi, Saurabh Shukla, Manav Kaul, Nikhil Vijay
DirectorSubhash Kapoor
ProducerBhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Naren Kumar, Dimple Kharbanda
Release Date22nd January, 2021
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