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Chaar Din Ki Chandni review:A royal disappointment!

Chaar Din Ki Chandni
Samir Karnik
Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher, Johny Lever, Sushant Singh, Chandrachur Singh, Mukul Dev, Amit Mistry, Om Puri
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The film had everything that would make it an ultimate success. It is picturised in a beautiful palace Rajasthan and filled with funny, quirky, weird and mad characters that include some Rajputs and Punjabis.

The director is the one who tickled our funny bones last year with Yamla Pagla Deewana. But alas!Chaar Din Ki Chandni disappoints and how!

Veer (Tusshar Kapoor) is a Rajput prince who falls in love with Chandni (Kulraj Randhawa) while studying in London. When he returns back to his hometown Khimgarh for the marriage of his sister Divya (Shruti Sharma), he invites Chandni along too. But Veer is so petrified of his father (Anupam Kher) that he lies to him that he and Chandni are just friends and that she’s a journalist who has come to experience and cover a royal wedding.

The troubles don’t end here. Veer’s brothers (Sushant Singh, Chandrachur Singh, Mukul Dev) are smitten by Chandni. Veer, on the other hand, tells many more lies to cover up his first lie. How he gets out of the mess is what the film is all about.

When you see actors like Anupam Kher, Johny Lever, Sushant Singh, Chandrachur Singh, Mukul Dev, Amit Mistry and many others together in the film’s promos and first look, you definitely expect the film to be a laugh riot. And sure enough, the characters that these actors essay are interesting and funny enough. But sadly, the screenplay fails to do them justice.

So what works? The few comic moments and also the smart execution of several scenes is what saves the film from becoming a complete disaster. For instance, Mukul Dev’s dream sequence (asking Kulraj for 50 rupees change) was just too good. Also the sequence in the gym, the ’50 paise ka sms nahi bhej sakta tha’, and the arrival of Om Puri at the palace bags a lot of laughs.

However, the film’s trump card – Tusshar’s unrecognizable Sardar act was just okay. He does a great job, no doubt, but as said before, the dialogues given to him were just alright. The climax is action-packed but instantly one is reminded of Yamla Pagla Deewana and Hera Pheri.

The actors give in their best that helps this otherwise mediocre flick. Tusshar Kapoor was weird in the beginning scenes (the way he says ‘sniffer dog’…eew!) but came on track later on. And although the script let him down, he was too good as Puppy Sardar! But sad to see that after the success of Shor In The City and The Dirty Picture, Chaar Din Ki Chandni will prove to be a blot in his report card. Hopefully, his upcoming films – Kya Super Kool Hai Hum, Shootout At Wadala, Bhaiyyaji Superhit and Shashant Shah’s next – will help him reclaim his position.

Kulraj Randhawa looks like a million bucks and is the reason why this two-star-worth-film gets an extra star! Her smile, her ada, her dance, her antics…everything about her is excellent! Hope to see her in a lot of (better) films!

Anupam Kher fails to raise laughs with his long speeches in English. But his last-minute heroic arrival will be loved by the masses! It was a pleasure to see Anita Raj after a hiatus. Johny Lever was hilarious as a paan-addicted character! Chandrachur Singh proves he deserves to be seen. Sushant Singh was as usual rocking and so was Mukul Dev. The latter was funny in the gym sequence. Om Puri (Chandni’s dad), as said before, does a great job. The manner in which he takes control of situations as soon he arrives is impressive. The actor has often complained that he has no choice but to accept inconsequential roles because of the dearth of good roles. But this is a role he should be proud of. Rahul Singh (Mamusa) too, raises laughs with his antics. Shruti Sharma was okay but the portion involving her strange fetish wasn’t treated well. The rest – Farida Jalal, Amit Mistry, Puneet Issar, Hemant Pandey, Johny Lever’s son etc – were strictly okay.

Half-a-dozen music composers have composed songs in this film but only two tracks work – O Meri Chandni and Kangna. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score has always been flawless but this time it was too loud in several scenes. Kabir Lal’s cinematography is fine and captures the palace fort very well. Babaji’s plot has all the ingredients of a full-on entertainer. But his story-screenplay and Amit Masurkar and Nishant Hada’s dialogues turn out to be a damp squib. The same goes for Samir Karnik’s direction. As said before, some scenes are indeed very well executed and scripted. But the rest of the scenes wee dull or rather just okay. Tusshar’s brothers misunderstanding Rahul Singh as Puppy Sardar and bashing him up isn’t funny enough. Today, audiences pay 200-250 bucks for a movie ticket and this is not the kind of entertainment they are looking for. Hope Samir Karnik brings out the Yamla Pagla Deewana magic in his upcoming film!

On the whole, Chaar Din Ki Chandni is a golden opportunity lost.

Rating: Two and a half stars

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