By Taran Adarsh, 5 Apr 2013, 09:22 hrs IST
raining remakes! RANGREZZ. HIMMATWALA. Now CHASHME BADDOOR. I've often
been asked, is there a paucity of ideas in Bollywood? Why do dream
merchants opt for remakes? Why not inventive concepts? Additionally, a
lot of cineastes strongly feel classics should not be tampered with.
For, rarely has a remake surpassed the original, in terms of content. In
the process, those opting for remakes have lost credibility when
comparisons are made...
Now David Dhawan steps into the revered territory with CHASHME BADDOOR, a
film attempted by Sai Paranjpye more than three decades ago. CHASHME
BADDOOR is loved for its simplistic plot, wittiness and slice of life
realism. A story of three friends who fall in love with the same girl
and the confusion that ensues... Sure, David borrows from the original,
but the humor in his version is in your face, over the top,
flamboyant... it's simply wild, when you compare it with Sai's version.
Does it mean it's more entertaining or a hodgepodge of the cult classic?
CHASHME BADDOOR narrates the story of three friends [Ali Zafar,
Siddharth, Divyendu Sharma], who attempt to woo the same girl [Taapsee
Pannu]. While the girl sets her sights on one of the guys, the remaining
two go on an overdrive to tear the love birds apart.
At the very outset, let me make it clear that David's adaptation is
shades different from Sai's version. As different as chalk and cheese.
As different as Rohit Shetty's BOL BACHCHAN was from its original
source, Hrishikesh Mukherjee's GOL MAAL. Like I stated at the outset,
this one's over the top, loud and very 'David Dhawanish', if one can use
this terminology. But to give the credit where it's due, it's
thoroughly engaging and entertaining.
David has made a career out of comedies and at a point of time, was
referred to as the successor to Manmohan Desai thanks to the dollops of
entertainment he offered in his movies. With CHASHME BADDOOR, David
steps into the comfort zone yet again. There's no denying that the
humour he injects in this one is not aimed at the purists, but the
spectator of today, who may not be as complaining purely because of the
laughs and entertainment it has to offer.
Besides, David ensures that there's hardly any dull moment in the
present-day adaptation. He executes the film with a certain ease, opting
for amusing punch lines, wild situations and mad and crazy episodes.
The game of one-upmanship that was evident in his earlier works, namely
DEEWANA MASTANA [Anil Kapoor, Govinda fighting for Juhi Chawla's
attention] and MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGE [Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar's
attempts to impress Priyanka Chopra] is very evident in CHASHME BADDOOR
as well. The battle of wits is enjoyable for sure.
But there are times when certain episodes appear prolonged and the jokes
fall flat. The intent of making you laugh does not come across as
strongly in few portions. Besides, the soundtrack is absolutely in sync
with the content, but the placement of songs could be more appropriate.
However, the usage of popular songs in the flashback portions is
Sajid-Farhad's dialogue are aimed at evoking laughs and they serve the
purpose. The one-liners, especially those delivered by Siddharth and
Divyendu, are hilarious. Cinematography [Sanjay F. Gupta] captures the
colourful setting well.
Now to the performances! Ali Zafar gives a wonderful account of himself
as he lights up every sequence he features in. Siddharth does a complete
turnaround from the roles he has portrayed in Hindi films [RANG DE
BASANTI, STRIKER], handling his part with gusto. Divyendu Sharma, who
debuted in PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA, too does an about-turn this time. He
slips into his part most effortlessly. Taapsee Pannu, who makes her
debut in Hindi movies after acting in South Indian language movies, is
vivacious and confident.
Rishi Kapoor gets a complete makeover in CHASHME BADDOOR and he's damn
adorable in sequences with Lillete. Anupam Kher lets himself go
completely and is absolutely wild in dual roles. Lillete Dubey is super,
while Bharti Achrekar [as Taapsee's grand-mom] is loveable. Ayaz Khan
has nothing much to do.
On the whole, CHASHME BADDOOR encompasses the spirit of the original,
but has been customised to entice the present-day spectators. An
entertainer with dollops of humour and wild situations thrown in, this
one's a laugh-riot that should not be missed!