Movie review: Keep your eyes away from this one

Perhaps the most apt thing about Chashme Baddoor is its name – not because it does justice to the original but because it uses the words “bad” and “door”. It is so bad, it may be best to stay door from it.

Chashme Baddoor, directed by David Dhawan of the hilarious No.1 film series fame, is unremarkable at best. It is astonishing that a film with people like Rishi Kapoor and Anupam Kher can be such a tedious experience.

The only good part about the film is perhaps the threesome formed by Ali Zafar as Siddharth, Siddharth as Jai and Divyendu Sharma as Omi. The plot, even though borrowed from the 1981 classic of the same name, is quite weak, leaving a number of unanswered questions. You will never be able to tell, for instance, how the three guys manage to get by and how Sid pays for college without anyone ever going to work or even mentioning having a profession.

Sid, Jai and Omi are three best friends and apartment-mates in Goa. Sid is still a student in college, studying Physics or Chemistry or something like that, while Jai harbors dreams of becoming a film actor/producer and Omi wants to be a poet. In actuality, Jai and Omi are good-for-nothing troublemakers who can think of nothing but girls.

Enter Seema (Taapsee Pannu, an actor from the South Indian film industry) who has run away from her home where her father, an army man (Kher), insists that she will marry an army man. She has come to live with her vivacious grandmother and uncle (also Kher), who encourage and support her in her adventure to finding the man of her dreams. Both Jai and Omi try to hit on her unsuccessfully but when Sid and Seema fall in love, they first try to break the couple apart for quite an asinine reason and then try to bring them back together.

Zafar looks every bit the goodie-two-shoes his part required of him. Although the music score is pretty average, he has also done a good job on the singing front too. However, I think that Zafar is a lot more talented than this and is capable of producing much better work. Siddharth is quite impressive in this role, which shows his versatility given that the last commercial Bollywood film he did was Rang De Basanti in which he played a very, very serious role. Divyendu is very cute as the politically incorrect poet and a dimwit. Between Siddharth and Divyendu, there are some truly funny moments such as the one where they go buy a gift for Seema on behalf of Sid.

Verdict: You wouldn’t really miss out on much if you decide to pass Chashme Baddoor. The funny lines are really too far and few between and Dhawan’s comedy, always crass, is particularly lame in this one.

 

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