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Chamku is a yawn
Sukanya Verma | August 29, 2008 16:56 IST
The 9am show of Chamku [Images] at a suburban Mumbai multiplex was cancelled because no one showed up, except me. I have no choice but to make another trip for the next show. This time, I am told unless they have at least six people in the audience, they cannot screen the show. I argue that if you keep denying tickets like this, obviously there won't be anyone left to watch the movie. After a heated argument and much-needed intervention from three other guys, I finally obtain a ticket to the screening.
Sadly, quite early in the film, I realise how worthless the entire exercise was.
I mean, what can you say about a film whose idea of realism is Bobby Deol [Images] in a three-day-old stubble?
Too often ridiculous to be taken seriously, Chamku works so intently at being contrived that it neither touches the core of its issues nor the psyche of the individual it revolves around.
Unlike the offbeat Aamir or commercially viable Gangaajal, which presented both the psyche and reality of an existent, ruthless scenario with subtle irony and strong subtext, Chamku offers the same old Bollywood saga of revenge against the backdrop of socio-political nexus.
It's like just when you thought the age of sons avenging the murder of their famer daddies by the resident Thakurs is over, Chamku strikes.
Somewhere in this vicious circle of flashbacks, Chandrama Singh (Bobby Deol) grows up to be Chamku and later Chaman Verma, wherein he discovers a motive for vendetta in Akhilendra Mishra (so loud he could explode), Russian communism-inspired father-figure in Danny Denzogpa (charismatic as ever), a manipulative employer to terminate anti-social elements in Irrfan Khan [Images] (lending sly dimensions to an otherwise vague role), assassin buddies in Ritesh Deshmukh [Images] (brutally wasted) and Rajpal Yadav (Avtar Gill could have played him and that's no joke) and three-months-of-dating-pregnant-already romance in Priyanka Chopra [Images] (After God Tussi Great Ho [Images], Priyanka squanders away in yet another meaningless role that asks nothing of her except daft giggles and knotted-blouses of glamour.)
Doesn't work! Bobby looks visibly bored and sleepy. Can't blame the poor fellow. By the end, so do you.
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