Review: Chamku

Review: Chamku

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Saturday 30 August 2008

Movie Title



Kabeer Kaushik

Star Cast

Bobby Deol, Priyanka Chopra, Danny Denzongpa, Irrfan Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Rajpal Yadav

This film didn?t quite know what to make of itself. And you, the audience, is equally dazed. Perhaps the makers wanted a hard-hitting, voice-against-stark-injustice Naxalite story. Or was it a maar-dhaad boy takes revenge of dad?s murder potboiler? This is both, and none, as it were.

Much has been said about the film?s title that gives off the impression of it being a comedy. This film is anything but. Scenes with blood and gore, after a point, begin to bore. A child living in rural Bihar sees his father being shot. The murderer?s accomplice says they should leave the boy; that he?d forget everything. ?Koi nahin bhoolta?, retorts the killer who pumps a bullet into the child as well.

A few days later in a hospital, he?s adopted by a Naxalite leader, an Alexander Pushkin spouting intellectual (Danny Denzongpa). Once under his wings, Chamku as Chandrama Singh is nicknamed (Deol), grows up to become the group?s backbone. They conduct several operations, often losing more than half their people in a single swipe. The police is bought-out and carries out cold-blooded encounters.

In one such episode, all involved are killed, but Chamku survives. The policemen are waiting for him to recover to finish their job. A RAW top official (Irrfan Khan) offers him a chance to work for him. Chamku?s sent to rigorous training where he is ?trained to kill? and then he carries out executions and political assassinations for the state.

He meets nursery school teacher Shubi (Chopra, looking fab in her chiffon sarees) whom he falls for. He tells her and her family that he is a merchant banker.

Then on, the film veers towards a revenge drama with filmi-style dishum-dishum and a climax where Chamku comes face-to-face with his father?s killer. Between all these serious goings-on, two risqu? songs pop up inappropriately. The Holi song that?ll make you go red in the face and another featuring Rozza Catalano. About the only time you feel for the central character is when his accomplice wants to quit and is murdered by his employers; making it clear that Chamku has no permission to leave and hope for a better life.

The cast does a good job?Bobby Deol is suitably restrained and Priyanka does the supportive girlfriend bit yet again. Technically, the film is competent. The problem with the Chamku is its script and execution. It?s difficult to get over the scene where the three assassins are discussing a murder plan in a buzzing coffee shop. Also implausible is Shubi falling for Chamku despite his odd behaviour and waiting patiently when he disappears for months for a mysterious training.

For some reason, director Kabeer Kaushik (his debut film Sehar was a far better one) insists on giving the viewer a Mumbai-darshan of assorted malls in the city. Music (Monty Sharma) and a couple of well-executed action scenes are about the only high points of the film. If you?re looking for a superficial action flick and are kicked about Bobby Deol on screen, you might like to take a look.

Rating: 11/2 stars

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