Movie Review: Chaalis Chauraasi (2012)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

Naseeruddin Shah. Kay Kay Menon. Atul Kulkarni. Ravi Kishen. Zakir Hussain. A dream cast, isn’t it? When such talented actors, especially the very first name that I’ve cited, green-lights a project, the expectations sky-rocket dramatically. You can’t afford to go wrong. The talent has to be utilized to the optimum. Wasting it in an ordinary script would be sacrilegious.

On paper, after the actors must’ve read the script, I am sure they must’ve exclaimed, ‘What an idea, Sirji’! But interesting ideas don’t necessarily translate into interesting films. CHAALIS CHAURAASI proves it yet again. Problem kya hain? It’s an ordinary screenplay that relies on the customary masala to make things work. But when you cast actors of such calibre, you can’t afford to go for the tried and tested stuff. You’ve got to be innovative, you need to take risks, you need to walk the untrodden path, you need to defy the norms… which, unfortunately, CHAALIS CHAURAASI doesn’t.

The story revolves around four people — Sir [Naseeruddin Shah], Albert [Kay Kay Menon], Bobby [Atul Kulkarni] and Shakti [Ravi Kishan] — who see an opportunity to a great future when they are given a mission to pull off. Things take a twist when another cop [Rajesh Sharma] stops their van en-route and takes them as his backup to catch a dangerous gangster [Zakir Hussain].

The story unfolds through the night where the fine line between law and crime is repeatedly crossed, leading to unexpected situations.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Go, enjoy a refreshing new genre of comedy.”
Times of India
3.0 “If you are looking for a film to entertain you, this one’s definitely a must-watch.”
3.0 “Chaalis Chaurasi is surely a one-time watch, which promises to tickle your funny bone.”
Daily Bhaskar
Average Reviews
2.5 “The performances sparkle and there are a few moments of heartfelt camaraderie and humour.”
2.5 “With brilliant comic-timing and a promising cast, Chaalis Chaurasi makes for an interesting one time watch.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “CHAALIS CHAURAASI is inconsistent. It could’ve done with a better script!”
Bollywood Hungama
2.0 “Chaalis Chaurasi is a one-time watch for its stellar performances.”
2.0 “Give this one a miss for the sake of your sanity.”
DNA India

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