Movie Review: Review: Chalk N Duster (2016)

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chalk-n-duster-review-newsChalk n Duster’s intentions are noble, just like the profession of its protagonists — the two teachers Vidya and Jyoti played by Shabana Azmi and Juhi Chawla. They are highly revered at the Kantaben School where they have left a legacy spanning nearly two decades. But that’s not something their principal Miss Gupta (Divya Dutta) seems to care about. Why? Because she is out to banish all senior teachers from her school in order to infuse young blood with an aim to make the school an upmarket one. She plays her cards carefully while adjusting an over-sized wig as she sashays down the school corridors in high heels, conducting unannounced inspections. She is as evil as her targets are pure. And in that lies a major undoing of the story — the complete lack of grey shades. It’s almost like the director, to hammer in the message, creates a simplistic and a highly melodramatic world of the good and the bad and we already know the moral of the story long before it is spelt out in bold.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Very dramatic and very effective.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “The film has a low-budget soap opera like feel to it.”
2.5 “Shabana and Juhi are irritatingly saccharine initially; but get firmly in the saddle soon. “
Times Of India
Negative Reviews
2.0 “While the story and script belongs to the higher secondary classrooms, the level of execution doesn’t even rise above the kindergarten standards.”
2.0 “Chalk N Duster is a film that has its heart in the right place but lacks the necessary treatment.”
2.0 “Chalk N Duster has good intent but clumsy execution.”
1.5 “It is a subject that deserves a great deal of attention, but not in the way this Juhi Chawla, Shabana Azmi film does it.”
1.0 “Chalk N Duster is the unkindest cut. If you have any respect for your teachers – past present or future – give this film a miss..”
Movies NDTV

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