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Review: Chal Chalein shot down by tacky execution

The film throws light on parents pressuring their kids to breaking point

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 10 August 2009

Movie Title

Review: Chal Chalein shot down by tacky execution

Director

Ujjwal Singh

Star Cast

Mithun Chakraborty, Mukesh Khanna, Anoop Soni, Shilpa Shukla, Tanvi Hegde

Parents pressuring kids to breaking point is a valid, contemporary subject. Thing with films tacking issues is ? they have to be told with a fab cast and crew coupled with crackerjack execution.

Here, you have a group of teens who talk using words like kaaran (reason) and beshak (without doubt). Their acting is bad, only challenged by the below-par dubbing. One of their mates, Navneet has a bully for a father (Kawaljeet) who insists that his literature-inclined son take up science. Naturally, when the child doesn?t perform in the science subjects but shines in English, the teacher (doing an Aamir Khan from Tare Zameen Par) tells him he is ?not suited for the stream?. Despite a meeting with the principal, the father refuses to budge, asking for one more chance. That scares the heebie-jeebies out of Navneet who prefers ending his life.

Angered by their friend?s death, the group takes a stock of their own lives and realise they too are victims of their parent?s burgeoning expectations. Egged on by Advocate Sanjay (Mithun Chakraborty), they file petitions against their parents and encourage other students in joining them. Thousands of petitions later, the movement spreads across the nation. The final moments of the film are spent in the courtroom with the kids? advocate defending their interests against the parents and the government. The judge who comically turns out to be Mukesh Khanna more popularly known as Shaktiman.

During the trial an interesting dialogue, out of several dreary ones, that crops up goes like this: Advocate Sanjay is questioning a child?s father and asks about his work designation that turns out to be mid-rung; when asked about his wife?s cooking and housekeeping skills, which too turns out to be about average. ?You and your wife are both average; then why do you expect your kid to excel each time?? he demands.

Admittedly, Chal Chalein also throws light on the parents? dilemma. The harried moms and pops look on helplessly as their children arrive from college, bunk lunch for lack of time, and hurry on to coaching class. They look on sadly as their children study themselves to exhaustion. But they can?t ask them to stop for this the route to getting to a reputed college and thereafter a reasonably good job. The film does question whose fault it is, also bringing in the government?s responsibility in all this; but these issues are skimmed over. No dialogue is spoken over a possible solution to this problem that can only get more challenging as competition escalates. Instead, you have the kids running across the streets singing a charming song about career choices. Fair enough. At least the film broaches the topic.

In one interesting dialogue, the gang is deciding their problems?one says he wants to be a writer, but his parents are insisting he take up engineering; another says he wants to become an engineer, but his father is inclined he study medicine to take over the family clinic. Meanwhile, the fuming fathers and saree-and-mangalsutra clad mothers scream over how ungrateful their kids are.

Now, where Chal Chalein falters is the tacky execution. The dubbing is unbearable. You have tired-looking Chakraborty break into a jig at a party without warning. The kids speak unnaturally. You get the drift - an intelligent topic has been turned into a film that grates on the senses. There have been several films that tackle burning issues, but weaken owing to unconvincing storytelling. Another one bites the dust.

Verdict: One and-a-half stars

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