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Ghanchakkar Review : Ends up giving few chakkars

Dated : June, 28, 2013 BY Divya Solgama

Ratings : star


Mystery is one such genre, which has been mostly used in form of murder mystery, crime thriller or political thriller in our Hindi films. But then there have been few exceptional which used it in dramatic, emotional and comical form. Films like 'Kahaani', 'Ek Ruka Hua Faisla', 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron', etc are perfect examples of being exceptionally different from the regular ones. The makers used this genre in total different form and thus managed to give us some cult classics. There were though, film makers who ended up giving films like '36 China Town' and few more where the whole concept of comedy with mystery got hotchpotch due to its diversified themes. This week's release 'Ghanchakkar' claims to be another mystery film with comedy tadka attached to it. The promos looked appealing and something different, thus raising the expectation level. So let's find out whether this movie will add another level to the genre or might end up being nowhere due to its dual theme.

Ghanchakkar Review


'Ghanchakkar' is story of Sanju / Sanjay {Emraan Hashmi} who is an expert in safe robbing. He along with two criminals Pandit {Rajesh Sharma} and Idris {Namit Das} rob a bank. After three months when Pandit and Idris decide to share the loot amount, Sanju fails to recognize them as he is suffering from temporary memory loss. Pandit and Idris along with Sanju's wife Neetu {Vidya Balan} tries their level best to make Sanju remember where he has placed the loot amount. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

Story by Parveez Sheikh and Raj Kumar Gupta is something different and unusual. It starts with plenty of hilarious scenes like Emraan convincing Vidya for robbery, usage of Amitabh-Dharmendra-Utpal Dutt mask for bank robbery, Emraan and gang meeting doctor, Emraan-Vidya chat over fashion, dining table scenes, Emraan trying to remember his address and few more. But after a while the whole novelty factor starts to look repetitive as there is hardly any activity going around in the film. The second half keeps dragging all the positive scenes of the first half making them look repetitive. At one point you just want to fast forward the movie and go to the climax. But the slow pace of the film makes it more difficult for you to reach the climax part. Once there, you expect the makers to give some satisfying twist which they try to give us but not worth your two hours long wait. The unique climax part does not come up the way it should have been. Camera work is average. Editing is bit lame in second half.

Ghanchakkar Movie Review

Music & Direction:

Music by Amit Trivedi is good and peppy. 'Lazy Lad' and 'Allah Meherbaan' are best tracks of the film. The title track is foot tapping. Background music is good.

I loved Raj Kumar Gupta's last two directed films - 'Aamir' & 'No One Killed Jessica'. He displayed his potential as a director in these films. In 'Ghanchakkar', he dares to create a different feel with funny one lines to keep you entertained with backdrop of mystery attached to it. He succeeds initially in the comical moments, but seems confused with its story line as it moves towards unveiling the mystery. His slow pace direction does not gel with this film. One might find it like a chewing gum due to its repetitive scenes. We have seen some fantastic foreign films where the pace is super slow, has repetitive scenes and yet keeps its audience indulged in it acting like a slow poison. But, for such films the climax has to be exceptional. Sadly, out here even after being different it fails to be exceptional. The director has to understand that with just fifteen minutes of worth subject you cannot stretch it to more than two hours film. It's a huge opportunity loss for this talented film maker as he lacked the conviction power in his film.


Emraan Hashmi tries to do something different and manages to do a decent job. Vidya Balan starts like a fire rocket, but after a time starts to fizzle out due to her weak characterization. The actors play larger than their character in this film. Looking at their past performances one tends to expect more twist from their characters thus ending up on a disappointing note. Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das lend good support, but not among their best. Praveen Dabas and others were wasted.

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So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

Dum hain in its initial part with some good comical fun, but as the movie progresses all the dum starts losing its flavor. The exceptional subject becomes exceptionally repetitive and dragging after a given point leading to a weak and bland climax. The masses might also find many unanswered questions as the director plays his pseudo card. On overall basis it'gms neither a bad movie nor a great film either. The makers had all the potential to make its audience go Ghanchakkar {Crazy} over this film, but ends up giving few chakkars {Dizziness} instead.

  • Ratings: 2.25/5

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