Chehre’s Movie Review Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars (two and a half stars)
Star cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, Annu Kapoor, Rhea Chakraborty, Raghubir Yadav, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Krystle D’Souza
Director: Rumy Jafry
What is good: It has few very good yields, but not all of them work the way they should to make this a decent end product.
What is bad: A very interesting concept has been scaled down to add unnecessary drama that lessens the desired feel of the story.
Loo Break: Like life, the second half of this movie is full of opportunities (for a break)
To look or not ?: Give it a try, if you can get out before the movie slides into the land of
Somewhere in northern India, going through a very fictional snowfall, we enter a very stately house with Sameer Mehra (Emraan Hashmi). Due to the strange arctic climate, Sameer finds no other option than to stay in the house with a couple of retired lawyers, a retired judge, a mysterious caretaker and a person who says “if a serial killer had a face.” What do you hope to do for fun in the midst of such law-loving people? Mock trial, of course!
Lateef Zaidi (Amitabh Bachchan) invited Sameer to be part of a test about his real life. An extremely confident Sameer steps in with Paramjeet Singh Bhuller (Annu Kapoor) representing him against Lateef in the absence of Judge Jagdish Acharya (Dhritiman Chatterjee). The way this mock trial turns into something serious and what Sameer really hides is what the movie is about.
Chehre Movie Review: Script Analysis
The story of Ranjit Kapoor is divided into two main halves and only of them manages to maintain the intrigue. The first part of the script tries too much to instill ‘The Hateful Eight’ by Quentin Tarantino and no, this is not the troubled half of the movie. This is the interesting one where a stranger crashes into an unfamiliar bungalow full of smart but shady strangers. You are in the narrative about what they are going to do with this (still) innocent, smart and successful businessman.
But, that’s it, that’s where the good part ends because what happens next (in the second half) comes like a whirlwind for the beautiful house of cards set in the first half. The flashback sequences that reveal Emraan Hashmi’s personal life is the troubled second half that everyone has been waiting to meet. Those portions remind you a lot of Emraan Hashmi murder dramas, but poorly executed. This is where ‘a boring and predictable movie’ in ‘what appeared to be a smart movie’ starts to annoy the viewer.
I could go on talking for many minutes about how uninspiring the CGI of this movie is. From a distinctly artificial-looking snowfall to a completely weird VFX version of Rhea Chakraborty’s hands, there’s a lot going wrong in this particular department. This also gets in the way of the climax involving an avalanche / ice breaking accident involving a certain character, and it doesn’t look like reality at all. The final impact could have been so much better if the movie had been finished in the house.
Chehre movie review: star performance
There are hardly any flaws in the performance due to the participation of legendary artists like Amitabh Bachchan, Annu Kapoor. Emraan Hashmi stands out despite the fact that the film has a lot of dialogue, which is not his strong suit. His natural charm and “serial kisser” (which he ironically wants to get rid of) actually supports his character’s arrogance. From an evil grin to the confidence of keeping the act, it helps you take on the stalwarts who drop the bushy lines.
Amitabh Bachchan’s quest to experiment with his characters continues, but this time it doesn’t land as expected. Instead of a completely different character like in 102 Not Out, this one has some shades of Pink and some of Badla. His character follows an interesting Sherlockian method of deduction, but unfortunately, it is rarely used.
Annu Kapoor delivers a rock-solid performance strongly backed by her trademarked eccentric dialogue expression. His character is used to contradict that of Amitabh and Kapoor Sahab plays him equally well. Rhea Chakraborty hams in some places, but is subtle in general. The character (Aana) she plays is difficult to handle, but she manages to navigate despite some flaws.
I wanted to see more of Raghubir Yadav, as his role as ‘Jalaad’ had great potential to add eccentricity. Instead, he used very little to have any impact. Krystle D’Souza adds the required oomph but lands on the most demanding parts of the movie. Despite that, she shows a serious act if minus the events around her character. Dhritiman Chatterjee is fine, not because he acted normal, but because his role is written in an uninteresting way.
Chehre movie review: direction, music
A curious fact: Sequel before the original?
Director Rumy Jafry has written a movie called ‘2 Chehre’ (Suniel Shetty, Shatrughan Sinha) long before directing Chehre (2015). Of course, it is not a sequel and just a fun coincidence. Regarding his current direction, Rumy gets stuck directing two movies in one. As already mentioned above, the boring other takes you back to the old murder dramas of “sleeping with the boss’s wife.” If Rumy could have found a way to keep everything in the house by focusing only on dialogue, Chehre had a good chance of ending up as a memorable movie.
Clinton Cerejo’s background score does not give rise to complaining about anything, as it fits perfectly with the procedure. He’s overqualified and doesn’t let you feel the lousy change in narrative. Fortunately, there were only two songs in the movie because neither of them develop any kind of connection.
Chehre Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Chehre could easily have been recognized as a movie coming from the school of movies like Aamir, Table No 21, Pink, Badla, and even Article 15 (up to a point, but its structure lacks two important things at all. the aspects). previous movies had “a good second and third act” A good but misdirected attempt!
Two and a half stars!
Chehre Releases Aug 26, 2021.
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