– BY REEMA CHHABDA
Following the release of Akshay Kumar’s Bell Bottom in the aftermath of the Corona tragedy, filmmaker Rumi Jaffrey’s Chehre is a big-budget film with a big cast that has chosen the cinema hall road over OTT.
Director Rumi Jaffery transports his audience to the realm of four retired court officials (Amitabh Bachchan, Annu Kapoor, Raghubir Yadav, and Dhritiman Chatterjee) who play a game akin to a mock trial with a strange visitor (Hashmi) who arrives at their doorstep owing to unanticipated circumstances.
While Hashmi’s character is initially hesitant to engage, he eventually relents and agrees to play.
The stakes are high when it comes to a mystery thriller. Especially when a star-studded cast with a great grasp on the genre is involved. Each scenario is expected to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Chehre is no exception. The film begins by generating anticipation, but as it progresses, it loses steam and becomes more subdued.
Although the storyline by Ranjit Kapoor and Rumy Jafry seems intriguing, the film lacks the intelligence and danger required to produce a successful courtroom drama thriller. To begin with, the screenplay is uninteresting, particularly in the first half.
The second half, which takes place almost entirely in a makeshift courtroom, is more enthralling. The film has some interesting moments, including some heavy dialoguebaazi, but the issue is that the sections that are supposed to develop a connection between the audience and the characters are poorly written and handled onscreen. Binod Pradhan’s cinematography is top notch.
The makers did not try to include overbearing music, and the background score by Clinton Cerejo was exact to the point.
Bachchan gives a fantastic performance. The portrayal is as clinical as a senior lawyer’s arguments in court, thanks to his nuances and ability to pull off the best lines with his exquisite baritone. His karizma has been enhanced by the producers’ addition of a fashionable style to him. Kapoor, as usual, is believable and effortlessly falls into his role.
Chhaterjee as Jagdish Acharya and Hariya Jatav as Yadav, with their extensive experience, deliever valuable assistance. Hashmi, on the other hand, appears jaded in his business role. Siddhant Kapoor’s performance as the housekeeper appears to be a waste of time. Rhea Chakraborty, who plays the maid, and Krystle D’Souza provides the necessary oomph, but she only appears at the film’s most difficult scenes.
If you are a hard core fan of Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi, then you should definitely watch this one.
All in all, an admirable but misguided attempt!