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Rishi Kapoor in ‘Chintuji’
Rishi Kapoor in ‘Chintuji’

Chintuji (Hindi)

Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Kulraj Randhawa

Director: Ranjit Kapoor

In a country short of icons, film stars are the last refuge for people looking for reel change in real life. Hadbahedi is one such small town where corruption hasn’t found its way yet. Here people go on fasts for penance and a guest is still synonymous to god. Some of them are searching for a famous personality, who was born in their town to represent them so that they also get the perks of a ‘VIP constituency’. In comes a fading star (Rishi Kapoor) to fulfil his political ambitions and things no longer remain the same in the idyllic town.

Eminent theatre personality Ranjit Kapoor has lifted the directorial baton late in life but the effort is worth it. He has hit the nail on its head only the impact is feeble. Or one can say it looks staged.

It starts as a biting comment on politics of convenience. The setting and characterisation are immensely believable. You feel for the innocent people when they decide to part with their share of electricity so that the star’s air conditioner keeps running. But soon the proceedings get theatrical.

It is good that Rishi Kapoor has agreed to play himself and we get to see the actor, who seldom got his due when he was serenading around trees. But Kapoor has made it too personal with references of Mera Naam Joker in the second half losing touch with the task at hand. The subplots involving a journalist on the run (Priyanshu Chatterjee) and PR executive (Kulraj Randhawa) are unnecessary distractions.

A relevant thought which fails to graduate to the next stage.




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