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David's Chashm-e-Baddoor A Pale Copy of Original

APRIL 06, 2013

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David Dhawan's 'Chashm-e-Baddoor' molests and violates the soul of Sai Paranjpye's feel-good, charming original. Good-natured humour and pure romance are replaced by inane jokes amid the loud performances. But the movie’s no bore; it’s just not charming enough. Dhawan’s cinematic craft is far from subtle and in its re-made avatar, the simple tale loses its original feel. It fails to do justice to the original gem, but it's not unwatchable either.



Dhawan has cleverly  repeated vignettes from many of his own films: Best buddies try to woo the same girl and when she's leaning towards the other one, you sabotage their relationship. Naa? The film is rescued greatly by the enthusiastic male leads who make the best of the poor material they're given. Three roommates Sid (Ali Zafar), Jai (Siddharth), and Omi (Divyendu Sharma) share a rented home in Goa. Jai and Omi kill their time trying to woo girls and cracking raunchy jokes. When they fail to land a girl (Tapsee Pannu), they make sure Sid doesn't succeed either.


The dialogues, though written in a pedestrian style, work because of the actors’ sharp timing. The film rests purely on the boys’ chemistry, which eclipses the flaws in the script.  Rishi Kapoor, as the new Lallan Miyan, is the owner of a nearby restaurant whom the boys always owe money. Rishi has a nice track with Lillette Dubey who is the boys' landlady.


Still, the new version is not entirely convincing because Dhawan is caught between charting a new journey in the re-make and sticking to the original. The final act of a fake kidnapping seems naïve in a modern story. If you can leave the memory of the original, you may enjoy chuckling at some crude humour in the film. Just like the street-side junk food, it has no nutritive worth. But an occasional bite does not harm either.


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