Chaalis Chauraasi Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:39:13.2230000 IST


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MAASK Entertainment in association with Filament Glo brings CHAALIS CHAURAASI which is an unusual story about four men and their escapades that happens during just one night in a police van. Though it's a film about crime and criminals yet it has humour as the backdrop, and this provides enough fuel for some light entertaining music which is handled by Lalit Pandit (who is definitely on a high ever since "Munni Badnaam") and guest composer Vishal Ranjan. So, let's see if this combination of new and old can provide music worth a hear in this album.

The first song is naturally "Setting Zaala", the much talked about and promoted item number picturised on the sensational Shweta Bhardwaj and the lead male protagonists, Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Ravi Kissen. As can be gauged from its title the song it is a Marathi based dance number (with Konkani touches) which catches attention instantly, such is the catchy rhythm. Sonu Nigam and Amit Kumar have been roped in to do the honours and they are such a joy to listen to, but making waves here is Yashita, who despite being relatively new does not get overawed and is supremely confident and is excellent with her voice modulations and control over her vocals. Sandeep Shrivastava's lyrics are as per the demand of the situation in the film and will be identifiable to large extent by the front benchers. The song may appeal more in the Maratha belt but the next number sure holds a universal appeal.

Lalit Pandit and Mamta Sharma stormed the nation with "Munni Badnaam Huyi" (DABANGG), and they once again come together for yet another chartbusting dance number, "Badmast", and this time they have the highly versatile Daler Mehndi for company. No doubt the rhythm and tune that Lalit uses are very catchy and the lyrics are very apt and certainly the kind that will be patronized to a large extent by the target audience! Although full marks to the lyricist Kashinath Kashyap and the composer for keeping the overall composition cute and naughty but never cheap and vulgar. Mamta Sharma who has already established her credentials in Bollywood, after conquering the Bhojpuri cinema, is excellent and shows that "Munni" was not a flash in the pan and she is complemented to the hilt by Daler, who sings with much 'masti' and creates 'dhamaal'. The use of traditional instruments like harmonium , 'tabla' and 'sitar' along with western musical addendums provide a good background for a foot tapping dance number that would be highly enjoyed on screen.



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Naseer is his flamboyant self, playing the leader with a dash of arrogance and sympathy to his juniors. Kay Kay Menon, coming on screen after a long hiatus, takes time to get into the skin of his character, and when he does, he thrills. Ravi Kissen deliberately downplays his usual body language to match that of the character he plays, and succeeds to an extent. Which is a huge relief. But it is Atul Kulkarni who surprises doing a complete new act, getting into the character so deep that you cannot find shades of his earlier performances. Even Shweta Bhardwaj is used smartly with Shetty extracting a smart performance from her.

If you are looking for a film to entertain you, this one's definitely a must-watch. The ratings are for the screenplay, camaraderie between the four main characters, the plot which is smartly woven, the suspense and the right dose of comedy.

CHAALIS CHAURAASI will have you laughing, for sure.

Rating - 3/5


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This one's a dhamaal entertainer, with suspense and comedy thrown in at crucial moments to spice up the events that happen in one night. At every turn, there's a new twist, sometimes comical, sometimes sinister. To sum it up, director Hriday Shetty conjures up an entertainer which could be bracketed as 'suspense comedy'. The comedy comes full-on towards the end as the suspense builds up to the grand finale.

Shetty begins by showing his four main protagonists, Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Ravi Kissen on beat in their police van. It appears they have finished their duty and are off for a good night's sleep. The mood, the setting and the screenplay that makes its presence felt in the next 10 minutes sets the tone for the rest of the film.

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Already in a 'mood' with rum in their belly, they indulge in some harmless masti with a couple in a car who overtake their police van from the left. Annoyed Sir (Naseer) blocks their path. While the hapless husband wonders what he has done wrong, Kulkarni, from the other side questions the wife with a 'leer'. There's tension in the air as to what will follow next even as Naseer asks the husband to take a swig from the bottle as he is sober. Is this a trap to corner the man? What follows next is a series of events that will have you gripped in.

The Hawa Hawa and Setting Zala, songs add to the tempo with small flashbacks thrown in to give you the complete picture. Obviously, I cannot spoil the suspense for you here.

However, Shetty could have been smarter in the editing department, by cutting the screen time by 10 minutes. I feel that is what stops me from describing this film as brilliant. A few scenes, although clear to the viewer, are unnecessary lengthened by going into more flashbacks. So much of spoon-feeding spoils the narration.



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Naseer is his flamboyant self, playing the leader with a dash of arrogance and sympathy to his juniors. Kay Kay Menon, coming on screen after a long hiatus, takes time to get into the skin of his character, and when he does, he thrills. Ravi Kissen deliberately downplays his usual body language to match that of the character he plays, and succeeds to an extent. Which is a huge relief. But it is Atul Kulkarni who surprises doing a complete new act, getting into the character so deep that you cannot find shades of his earlier performances. Even Shweta Bhardwaj is used smartly with Shetty extracting a smart performance from her.

If you are looking for a film to entertain you, this one's definitely a must-watch. The ratings are for the screenplay, camaraderie between the four main characters, the plot which is smartly woven, the suspense and the right dose of comedy.

CHAALIS CHAURAASI will have you laughing, for sure.

Rating - 3/5


Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Ravi Kissen and Shweta Bhardwaj
  • Lyrics: Sandeep Shrivastava, Vishal Ranjan, Hassan Jahangir and Kashinath Kashyap
  • Director: Hriday Shetty
  • Music Director: Lalit Pandit
  • Release Date : 13 Jan 2012