#CharfutiyaChhokare, Hindi Bollywood Film movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * *

#CharfutiyaChhokare, Hindi Bollywood Film movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: *  *

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#CharfutiyaChhokare(Hindi) Rating: * * Being serious about nothing. Noble intentions but confounding logic and inconsistent continuity. There’s no tension or narrative currency to be had. #SohaAliKhan #SeemaBiswas #MukeshTiwari, #ZakirHussain #ManishHarishankar #NR2media

Hindi film Review
Johnson Thomas

Choosing to play dumb
Film: Charfutiya Chhokare

Cast: Soha Ali Khan, Harsh Mayar, Seema Biswas, Mukesh Tiwari, Zakir Hussain
Director: Manish Harishankar

Rating: *  *
Soha Ali Khan’s first major female oriented film where she plays the custodian of an US based NGO which wants to build a mansion sized school in the lawless interiors of Bihar. So off she goes on her life’s mission leaving home, hearth and divorced parents behind in the US, while she embarks on her one person crusade to change the landscape of a criminally inclined village. A handful of jackets , some books and a few ‘Cadbury’ chocolates(note the in film branding) in her suitcase, she drives down her silly self in an expensive looking SUV right into the heart of the deadly space. On her way she encounters three boys who have taken up with the gun, encouraged by the local goon(Zakir Hussain). She gifts them the jackets and chocolates along with books but they only accept the former two. She is confounded enough to query the Principal on their unnatural behavior and finds out that they are murderers on the run and wanted by the hapless police of the region. Of course there’s a story of oppression and violence behind their turning turtle and one of the boys’ mother (Seema Biswas) is only too eager to reveal all- how the boy’s child bride got kidnapped and sold off and how the father of the bridegroom was murdered in broad daylight for not having the money to pay restitution to the goon. So now Lady meaningful takes it upon herself to stay in touch with the Dm and cops to bring back law and order in this region of anarchy. Needless  to say she stumbles on two many hurdles and eventually finds herself having to chose between freedom, incarceration and righteousness.

The story plays out in clueless amateurish fashion- as though the scriptwriter and director had absolutely no clue of what they were getting themselves into. Where’s the logic in a lone young woman going defenseless into the heart of a criminally infested zone, feared even by the bravest of cops? The film may have been meant to be an expose on how young children were being lured into trafficking and criminality but neither charges appear realistic. The dramatic incontinence, the ridiculous play acting and the outlandish orchestration of events puts paid to any likeability that could have developed. It’s really disheartening to see that filmmakers today have little concept of gritty reality- especially those that set out to expose the real world. Soha Ali Khan may have been seriously desperate to have consented to this insipid caricature. The other players in this ill-fitting social commentary ply their standard bland fare. Seema Biswas is the only potently stoic character here. Frankly even a blank blackboard can garner more interest than this one!



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