Friday, August 2, 2013

Chor Chor Super Chor Review

The title of the film makes it sound nothing less than a B-grade one, or atleast reminds me of a song from Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye! Given that this film too is set in Delhi and is about a clan of thieves functioning under a single man's motive, I'm reminded of the Dibakar Bannerjee film again. But it fails to follow DB's deftness and astuteness in creating Delhi and its characters on screen. Alas, local actors with Dilli accent and panning shots of metro trains and old Delhi are not enough. As far as the title goes, a character in the film finds this phrase "catchy". And you'll find yourself settling with it.

This film smartly takes advantage of "the second-half curse" of Bollywood of which many films this year were victims (Ek Thi Daayan, Go Goa Gone). The second half makes you adjust yourself in your seat with it's sudden speed-up in pace as all the contrivances set up in the first half find reason here. It's smartly done as you get the idea of the actual film then. 

Though first hour is replete of humour, latter half has occasional but genuinely witty jokes. Yet this film would be dabbed as a mediocre one under comedy genre because it's done with a conscious attempt of making it funny by its makers. The background detailing and the art design is tactful but would have erupted me in laughter only if it had added a different dimension to the narrative without the makers wanting me to notice it. Like in the bhajan ringtone of a jeweler; or in a scene where he is peeing on a wall that has an unoriginal "Aapka bhavishya aapke haath mein hai" scribbled on it. It's there in your face, wanting you to ponder on its double meaning and laugh aloud. 

There are some subtly dealt scenes too... like that in the guity and complaining confrontation of the leads among whom some romance was brewing up. There are some innovatively thought situations too but they fall back when the film changes its gears. 

At some levels, this film also appears as a lost opportunity as there was a good idea of social commentary and satire waiting to be thought by its four writers unlike 2010 national award winner Do Dooni Chaar of which the climax portion seems to have inspired (in an anti-theory way) this film, or atleast the second half.

Last comedy film I saw was Ghanchakkar which had very bankable Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan. Yet it failed. Its overstretched length being one of its major reasons. Chor Chor Super Chor is daringly only 99 minutes long and has not-so-well-known actors in it. Deepak Dobriyal, the lead actor, who has shown his acting prowess in his varied range of filmography from Omakara to 13B to Tanu Weds Manu to Dabangg 2 clearly deserves more. So does the director, Rajesh K., for his belief in his debut and its fearless execution. Who says Bollywood isn't changing?

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