Movie Review: Chef (2017)

Box Office: Flop

chefBollywood actor Saif Ali Khan’s delectable drama, Chef, is a relief on several fronts.

The inglorious mid-life crisis, identity struggle, fractured marital relationship and single parents’ woes are showcased with impeccable grace in director Raja Krishna Menon’s slice-of-life drama.

An example of a perfectly-cast film, Khan owns the role of Roshan Kalra — a chef who lacks inspiration in his job and is fast losing his cooking mojo.

The affable Kalra — played wonderfully by Khan — is a Michelin-starred chef running an Indian fine-dining kitchen in New York, but he has a meltdown when one of his customers finds fault in his food. He gets fired, and returns to India to spend time with his young son and his ex-wife.

This is the Hindi adaptation of the 2014 Hollywood hit of the same name, and it has been altered from the Jon Favreau version.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 ” Chef is predictable in parts, the journey is an enjoyable one. Choose what you wish to eat while watching it. “
3.5 “Saif Ali Khan Serves A Feast Garnished With Subtle Spices”
NDTV Movies
3.5 “Bollywood version of Jon Favreau’s sleeper hit makes for a heart-warming drama that’s worth a watch”
Gulf News
3.5 “Raja Krishna Menon’s Indian curry will leave you emotionally satiated”
3.5 “Satisfies Your Hunger For Good Cinema Bettering The Original One”
3.0 “Saif Ali Khan’s performance imbues Chef with more depth than the script has. Ultimately, director Raja Krishna Menon’s film is too bumpy to leave you satiated.”
3.0 “Chef is a feel-good film about the importance of relationships and the message comes across smoothly albeit garbed in a long-drawn plot.”
3.0 “If you haven’t seen the original, this one might interest you..”
DNA India
3.0 “This father-son recipe is worth tasting”
3.0 ” the film will put a smile on your faces. “
Average Reviews
2.5 “Of Suave Saif Ali Khan Playing Ice ‘Spice’ with Life and his Cooking Knives”
2.5 “Chef is a decent but not an awesome fare”
2.5 “This one’s not an explosion of gastronomy but it is a slow and flavoured broth of genuine emotions.”
2.5 “Saif’s film offers a fine balance of scrumptious food and humour”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “This Saif Ali Khan film doesn’t come together as a fully satisfactory dish”
1.5 “Chef is too dull to be delicious”
1.5 “Saif Ali Khan film is a bland dish”
1.0 “A remake of Jon Favreau’s film by the same name, this film is more of a kitchen disaster than a chef’s signature dish.”

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