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Ghanchakkar

 

Hindi, Comedy, Romance, 2013, Color



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When Sanju (Emraan Hashmi), a suave, master safe cracker wants to retire from a career in crime, he decides to team up with two dangerous criminals to commit one last heist. A bank robbery that will ensure that he never has to worry about money again! Everything goes according to plan. Sanju is given the task of hiding the money till things cool down and the booty can be split. Two months later the associates return to collect their share of the loot, but to their shock, Sanju refuses to even recognize them!



Just the thought of a quirky character or two combined with a crazy (but admittedly, intriguing) situation doesn't automatically make for a good film. There's fleshing out of plot, characters and some smart writing to be done even before the film goes on the floors. Ghanchakkar fails on these counts and fails BIG time.

Nothing works in the film be it the so called moments of dark humour (repititive, silly gags) or even the thriller element (too little plot, stretched and sluggishly paced, obvious twists and turns, silly use of red herrings, and finally terrible ending). This after forgiving the film its logical loopholes as logic is never importnat for a scene (or film) to work!

The actors barring Emraan Hashmi to an extent (but is he befuddled because of his memory loss or as to what is going on the film?), too fail to lift the film. Vidya Balan, who has put much more effort into her costumes than performing, fails to go beyond being a caricature with awful and obvious tutor-taught Punjabi diction, while Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das are just about so-so. Yes, ultimately even they can't rise above their sketchily written characters.

The making too is quite tacky and for once, even Amit Trivedi cannot rescue this one.

The redeeming points? Well there was an odd smile for ... OMG, I can't remember!


Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan





 

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