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Heist films are in vogue, everywhere. In Bollywood it usually involves plenty of characters, most of them comic running helter-skelter trying their best to lay their hands on that elusive booty and run off. Chaalis Chauraasi in a way falls in this genre but the script and execution makes it different from the rest of heist potboilers. Although the script has glitches, the direction could have saved the day. Sadly, that happens only to an extent. Result – Chaalis Chauraasi comes across as a one-time watch timepass fare. It could have reached the league of Sankat City but alas!
The story of the movie: 4 cops – Sir (Naseeruddin Shah), Pinto (Kay Kay Menon), Shakti (Ravi Kishan) and Bobby (Atul Kulkarni) have finished their duty hours. But they are still at work – they are on a way to pull off a heist that would change their fortunes. Although their plan seemed foolproof, they get into deep trouble as they have to encounter a police officer (Rajesh Sharma) clueless of their plans, and a dreaded gangster (Zakir Hussain) on the run.
Chaalis Chauraasi is unique in the sense that the lead character’s former entry happens almost after 20 minutes, when they are already introduced to the viewers! This is the juncture when you realize that jo dikhta hai, waisa nahi hai! And that’s when the film gets on track as the initial 20 minutes was average. Moreover, the entry sequences of all 4 characters was one of the best moments in the film as that’s where the lead actors give their More >
By Taran Adarsh, 13 Jan 2012, 10:54 hrs IST
Released On: 13 Jan 2012
Directed By: Hriday Shetty
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Kay Kay Menon, Ravi Kissen, Shweta Bhardwaj, Rajesh Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Manoj Pahwa, Reetu Jain, Arbaaz Ali Khan
Naseeruddin Shah. Kay Kay Menon. Atul Kulkarni. Ravi Kishen. Zakir Hussain. A dream cast, isn’t it? When such talented actors, especially the very first name that I’ve cited, green-lights a project, the expectations sky-rocket dramatically. You can’t afford to go wrong. The talent has to be utilized to the optimum. Wasting it in an ordinary script would be sacrilegious.
On paper, after the actors must’ve read the script, I am sure they must’ve exclaimed, ‘What an idea, Sirji’! But interesting ideas don’t necessarily translate into interesting films. CHAALIS CHAURAASI proves it yet again. Problem kya hain? It’s an ordinary screenplay that relies on the customary masala to make things work. But when you cast actors of such calibre, you can’t afford to go for the tried and tested stuff. You’ve got to be innovative, you need to take risks, you need to walk the untrodden path, you need to defy the norms… which, unfortunately, CHAALIS CHAURAASI doesn’t.
The story revolves around four people — Sir [Naseeruddin Shah], Albert [Kay Kay Menon], Bobby [Atul Kulkarni] and Shakti [Ravi Kishan] — who see an opportunity to a great future when they are given a mission to pull off. Things take a twist when another cop [Rajesh Sharma] stops More >