Chaar Din Ki Chandni: Movie Review
Director: Samir Karnik
Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Mukul Dev, Johny Lever, Anita Raaj , Sushant Singh, Chandrachur Singh, Rahul Singh, Farida Jalal
Synopsis: ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ is a comedy with the essence of romance, set against the backdrop of Rajasthan at a four-day wedding. A complete family entertainer, the film revolves around a Rajput family and a family from Punjab, who are caught in a situation that creates a comedy of errors.
Review: Do you like films with absolutely inane plots, wherein characters make decisions to move the plot forward, decisions which no normal human being would ever actually make? Do you like your laugh riots to be 135 minutes long and with no actual, umm, laughs in them? Do you love jokes about homosexuals and physically invalid people that are as boorish as they are boring and as uncouth as they are unfunny?
If you answered yes to even one of the three questions above, then ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ is just the film for you. If you did not (bravo!), then please stay away from this film.
Tusshar Kapoor plays Veer Pratap Singh, the youngest of four sons in a Rajput royal family. Upon receiving news of his sister’s wedding, he leaves for Jodhpur from London. He brings his girlfriend Chandni (played by Kulraj Randhawa) along so that he can introduce her to his family. However, intimidated by his father CV Singh (Anupam Kher), he chickens out, positing Chandni as a journalist. This single and simple lie sets off a chain of events that include family feuds, multiple brothers wooing one lass, double identities, a bag full of kinky toys and lots – lots – more.
First things first, the movie’s plot is a cacophony of idiocy. No one’s claiming that every character in every film should be a paragon of the human species and never commit a misstep. However, the characters in this film make wrong choices for no logical reasons whatsoever. They lie and dupe and are duped because – and this is the only explanation that makes sense – the plot of the film wouldn’t exist otherwise. This is especially true for the second half, wherein the movie tries to pile on so many subplots (almost all of them leading to underwhelming payoffs) that it becomes a convoluted mess. This is even worse than the first half, where at least it’s a simplistic mess. All of this running and flailing about leads to a climax that is jaw-dropping in its awfulness. Tushar Kapoor skateboards over a pool filled with acid, Kulraj Randhawa leaps into the air to kick bad guys, Anupam Kher turns up on a horse clad in chain-mail and that’s still not the end of it.
A story full of misunderstandings can still be fun to track (remember ‘Hera Pheri’?) if you are invested in it. Unfortunately, that is not the case with ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ because none of the characters are likeable. Tushar Kapoor plays a spineless git who puts other people into trouble because he doesn’t have the guts to speak the truth. Moreover, his lies are so wafer-thin any normal individual could easily see through them. But, of course, no one in this film is a normal individual. Anupam Kher is unlikable as a domineering and tantrum-prone patriarch. He pokes his nose into everyone’s affairs when he doesn’t have the smarts to put his own in order. The supporting cast is made up of one-note caricatures who exist solely for running gags that will make you gag because of how bad they are. For example, there is one servant whose only – only – job is that he says the time after being called out. THAT’S IT. Is there any purpose to this? No. Is it hilarious? No. Does it ever stop? No. (Not till the movie ends.)
A roster full of unlikeable or mean characters can still be fun to watch if the jokes they crack actually stick. The film fails even on that count. In fact, the only remarkable thing about this movie’s sense of humour is how banal and shameless it is. A scene early on depicts Mukul Dev (one of the four brothers) fetishes about women in a way that’s just gross. At multiple points in the film, Tushar and Kulraj’s characters mock a physically-handicapped character only because he is physically handicapped. There’s a gay character in the film who must be one of the most offensive caricatures in recent times (even by Bollywood standards). There are extended sequences in the film which have other characters like Om Puri’s cliched Punjabi guy just standing and mocking this homosexual with jokes only homophobes could find funny.
Verdict: There are very little good things to say about ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’. Kulraj Randhawa is decent enough and the camera loves her. The mansion the film is set in is expansive and extravagant. Oh, and it ends – even if it’s at least half an hour too long and you’ll be rearing to rush out of the theatre by that time.
Laya Maheshwari ( http://iwatchiread.com/ )