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You're not gonna believe this: 'Ghanchakkar' is absolutely terrific and brilliantly made. Biggest surprise of the year so far. GO WATCH
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Category: ReviewsPublished on Thursday, 27 June 2013 16:43Written by Faisal Saif
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Mishra, Namit Das
Directed by: Rajkumar Gupta
Review by: Faisal Saif
Ratings: * * *
Ghanchakkar is directed by Rajkumar Gupta who made films such as Aamir and No One Killed Jessica earlier. These two films made critics stood up and take notice at the Film maker. This time the director makes a crazy comedy about a Heist that successfully goes wrong after the person who has money looses his memory.
Sanjay Athray (Emraan Hashmi) wants to take a retirement from his criminal life but plans a one last perfect bank robbery with his partner in crime friends (Rajesh Mishra and Namit Das). The Heist goes absolutely perfect but when Sanjay looses his memory, All hell break loose. Why? Because it is Sanjay who knows where he has kept the money, But he now doesn't remember.
Sanjay's friends decides to stay with him till the time he get's recovered. But there is another hitch. They will also have to face Sanjay's quirky and insane wife Neetu (Vidya Balan).
Emraan Hashmi as Sanjay is simply outstanding. He is one such actor who can even perform on any empty frame with no dialogues at all. But it is Vidya Balan actually who steals the show with her perfect comic timing and typical Delhi-Punjabi accent. Rajesh Mishra and Namit Das who plays Emraan's partner-in-crime friends are fabulous. Please note them both in the scene when the doctor declares Sanjay has lost his memory and it may take longer to recover.
Like i stated earlier, Rajkumar Gupta has chosen a different script this time. The film might looked hilarious and fast on paper, But sadly on the screen the film drags at many points. It also looked that the writers ran out of comical punch-lines at few places. What could have been a rib-ticking scene, Turns out to be a just another normal scene. There are some good twist and turn in the film. The camera work and production value are very good. Music wise, The title track is good. Rest of the music will not be remembered much according to me. The editing of the film is on the lower note.
Since there are no other films this week, Ghanchakkar can be touted as a good and funny Time Pass. The film is good, But not the amazing one.
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Much like his loud-mouthed, outlandishly-dressed Punjabi leading lady who goes about stirring a little too much or too less salt in her dishes, it's tough not to ignore director Rajkumar Gupta's 'Ghanchakkar'.
He tickles us with one of the most thrilling comedies, one that blatantly defies Bollywood stereotypes.
No buffoonery. No over-the-top characters (barring one). No slapstick moments.
Just normal situations that get twisted and turned due to one man's fading memory.
Yet, the jokes never run out and are paced sensibly, allowing us to appreciate Rajkumar Gupta's vision.
His poker-faced hero shoulders much of the movie, walking away with some of the best lines, but he selflessly allows his crazy wife and the two rogues who shadow him, enough screen space to showcase their talents.
At two-hours-and-17-minutes, Rajkumar Gupta's efforts does appear a little too indulgent, with the narrative slipping into slow-mode occasionally, but it's all forgiven as he brilliantly ties it all together.
He doesn't play safe and springs a clever twist, aiming for an incredibly crazy end.
Rajkumar's efforts, however, might be tough to digest for those grown on an appetite of Bollywood cliches. But, for the rest of us, it will be greatly appreciated.
Even his refusal to spoon-feed his audience, which is quite the norm in Bollywood thrillers, works in his favour. He allows each event to unfold at its own pace, and gives us ample time to exercise our grey cells.
Rajkumar and his co-writer Parvez Sheikh create a quirky world around "lazy lad" Sanjay, who is forced to embark on a whirlwind journey as he tries to piece together events of his past in a bid to salvage a massive treasure, which he had helped to rob.
His efforts are heightened as he and his mad-cap, fashion-conscious wife are both held hostage by the two goons who had partnered him in the crime.
They taunt and torture them, hoping to regain their share, but his sporadic memory loss plays spoilsport.
Emraan Hashmi spins one of his acting career's most understated, yet imposing performances. He crafts Sanjay's predicaments – his anger, frustration and suspicions – with effortless charm. Apart from the one night-out in his polka-dotted pyjamas, his costumes, unfortunately remain colourless.
It's his knack of mouthing funny lines with a poker face that leaves us chuckling.
His efforts are supported hugely by the gifted Vidya Balan, who refuses to allow Neetu's idiosyncrasies turn her into a caricature. Her Neetu adorably wears her heart on her sleeve.
Although it is her weird fashions and inept culinary skills that are initially highlighted, Vidya allows us to delve deeper into who she really is. Whether it's whipping the baddies for hurting her husband or mocking her mother-in-law for her daily phone routine, Vidya doesn't miss a beat.
Equally striking are Namit Das and Rajesh Sharma who play the ruffians Idris and Pandit.
'Ghanchakkar' relies heavily on the duo, and they don't falter. Their versatility is evident as they tackle comedy and crime astoundingly well.
Of the many moments that Rajkumar captures, it's the robbery where the trio are masked like Bollywood veterans that is the most side-splitting. A midnight chase, with one stripped to his bare essentials, also is hilarious.
After exploring the gritty world of crime in the humourless 'Aamir' and 'No One Killed Jessica', Rajkumar decides to give his third thriller a witty twist. One that truly deserves an applause.
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