Ghanchakkar – Movie Review

1 Jul

The much-awaited Ghanchakkar with a unique combination of Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi in the lead roles, released this weekend. Vidya Balan, needless to say, has a huge fan following especially among the womenfolk, due to her strong performances in The Dirty Picture and Kahaani and probably this explains why the theatres were full and we managed to get 2 seats with great difficulty.

The plot is fairly straightforward and to a great extent, has already been revealed in the promos. Sanju (Emraan Hashmi), who is a professional robber and thief is involved in a bank robbery with 2 accomplices. To avoid the risk of getting caught, Sanju keeps the loot of Rs. 35 crores with himself for 3 months, after which he would share it among the other 2. But after three months, when they approach Sanju for their rightful share, they find out to their utter dismay that Sanju suffers from anti-retrograde amnesia (remember retrograde amnesia? The one that ShahRukh Khan had in Jab Tak hai Jaan? :P) and has lost his memory and so, does not remember where he stashed the money. The accomplices try various tactics to get him to surrender their money, including trying to kidnap his over the top Punjaban wife, Neetu (Vidya Balan). When nothing works, the duo shift to their house in the hope of finding clues to the treasure, but even that does not succeed. Sanju’s forgetfulness, Neetu’s bad cooking and garish dressing and the accomplices’ search for the money is what Ghanchakkar consists of.

Ghanchakkar had a pretty good beginning, with the song “Lazy Lad” shown with a cartoonish representation of Sanju and Neetu’s marital story. The scenes where the trio are shown robbing the bank, with masks of Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Utpal Dutt are genuinely funny and induce many laughs. The 2 accomplices, played by Namit Das and Rajesh Sharma are pretty effective in the first half, especially with the scenes in the local trains of Mumbai which serves as their “conference room”.

However, the film is not as funny as it should have been. The film is too long, for this simple a story and at times, you just want to get over with it. The climax is extremely disappointing and leaves many questions unanswered. Emraan is just about ok as the lost and confused husband and Vidya is totally wasted. She is reduced to wearing outlandish clothes and saying a “Hein” at the end of every statement she makes. The “Paise kaha hai” routine of the accomplices also gets irritating in the second half.

Overall, a below average film starring 2 talented actors who couldn’t do much. I would rate it a 2 out of 5. I would recommend a second time watch of “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” any day instead of this. Its best to stay away from this ghanchakkar.


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