Ghanchakkar : Movie Review

By Harsh

Ghanchakkar : Movie Review

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma, Namit Das
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddarth Roy Kapur
Director: Rajkumar Gupta
Music: Amit Trivedi

Rajkumar Gupta’s Aamir and No One Killed Jessica had received many accolades and ‘Ghanchakkar‘ is something different from his other two films. Perhaps the makers of ‘Ghanchakkar’, through their film, intended to give you a fictional visual representation of what could perhaps happen if you ended up losing your memory! Alas, not in a way you would perhaps like to realize the same! A comic-thriller which started off perfectly, grew big but then fell a little flat in the end. Sure, there are many hilarious sequences and dialogues but somewhere down the second half, the movies starts dying off.


Sanju (Emraan Hashmi) and Neetu (Vidya Balan) are a married couple living a very ordinary married life which obviously means they also argue and fight for any given reason. So one night Sanju gets a call from Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) and they plan to have a conference meet in a train. Pandit, Sanju and Idris (Namit Das) plan a bank robbery and pull it off in the most hilarious way possible, if you ignore a few reality glitches. (But hey, that’s completely negligible in Bollywood movies). Sanju, Pandit and Idris succeed in stealing Rs. 35 crores from a bank and decide to distribute their shares after three months, oblivious to what will unfold thereafter!

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What happens next is that Sanju meets with an accident and loses his memory. After 3 months, the ‘partial-memory-loss’ suffering husband is given one week to remember where he hid the money while Pandit and Idris join him in his apartment.  Rajkumar Gupta goes tepid while trying to give the correct kind of treatment to a grave plot, thereby making us wonder- ‘why?’!

Actor’s-take: Director Gupta has been successfully able to present Emraan Hashmi in a way none could ever have even thought of. This could help the ‘serial-kisser’ further his career across all genres of cinema. Emraan Hashmi plays the forgetful character very well while Vidya Balan along with her ridiculous fashion sense compliments him with her exceptional performance. Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das also pull the job off pretty smoothly with some really epic comic scenes.

Technicality: The movie takes a huge leap as soon as it begins and runs with it throughout but somewhere down the second half it tires down and makes you wonder what’s happening. The comic sequences are amazing especially the bank heist sequence. The music is not that great but you won’t ask much.

Rating: 3/5

Harsh also writes for a premire source of Bollywood gossips, news and Bollywood movie reviews.

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