amitabh bachchan, emraan hashmi, krystle d’souza, rhea chakraborty starrer chehre movie review rating in malayalam

-Sandeep Santosh-

Chehre; Only Bigby’s serious conversations survive

Bollywood mystery thriller ‘Chehre’ starring superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Imran Hashmi has been released in theaters after a long wait. The film also stars Kristali D’Souza, Riya Chakraborty, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Annu Kapoor, Sameer Soni and Raghubir Yadav in other roles.
The film is directed by Rumi Jaffrey.

Let us first see what the story of the film is. At the beginning of the story, Sameer Mehra (Imran Hashmi), the CEO of an advertising agency, is seen driving to Delhi in his luxury car through a heavy snowfall. Sameer decides to stay at a nearby house on the advice of passerby Paramjit Singh Bhullar as the road is blocked by a fallen tree and there is no way to continue his journey in adverse weather.

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It was the home of former judge Jagadish Acharya. Judge Acharya’s friends regularly gather in that large house. Paramjit Singh Bhullar, who took Sameer away, was a former lawyer. Apart from them, there is also Haria, the executioner, and Ana, a young woman who is helping in the house.

Soon after, Latif Saeed (Bachchan), a prominent former advocate in the group, arrived. After the acquaintance, Bhullar tells Sameer about a game they play for fun.
Their hobby is to select a case and try it out in a court of law. Sameer, who joins the game as a culprit at their insistence, is slowly upset. The latter realizes that it is not just a game going on there. You need to know the picture to see what happens next.

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The courtroom drama is transplanted into the background of an isolated house in ‘Chehre’. Usually at the beginning of the trial in such films everyone will know what is the alleged crime. But things are presented a little differently here. The main characters in the story are four elderly friends who, in the event of a mistake in the administration of justice for their guest’s past crimes, are re-tried and punished in their own way without external pressure.

Unlike Sameer, the audience will not at first understand how they are being tried and how the sentence will be carried out. There is also the mystery of what happened to those who, like Sameer, have been guests at that house before. All this makes the film a mystery thriller beyond the courtroom drama. The film manages to put the audience in a state of emotional turmoil in the first half and the beginning of the second half.

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There is no doubt that ‘Chehre’ is an ideologically flawed story. But neither the screenwriter nor the director has been able to present the story in a way that satisfies the audience. Rumi Jaffrey, who has been a part of notable films in Bollywood for years, fails miserably in the role of director. The director, who has written notable dialogues before, shined in the field this time as well.

Most of the scenes in the film are shot in one room. If you only saw six or seven characters in three-quarters of a two-and-a-half-hour film, think about how important the dialogue would be. It is through the dialogue of the characters that the audience can get into the story. If the dialogues were not strong, ‘Chehre’ would have turned out to be an unworthy film to watch.

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Although the number of actors is generally small, everyone has performed their roles well. Amitabh Bachchan’s look and acting can be seen differently. The actor played the role of Latif Saeed in a very energetic manner. Bigby once again proved the intensity of his majestic voice. Kapoor and Raghubir Yadav were also notable performers then. Though Raghubir Yadav had few conversations, the actor surprised. Imran Hashmi and the rest of the cast came to the screen in the same style as the characters.

Bigby comes up with the first titles of the film with a very long dialogue explaining the title ‘Chehre’. It was thus able to create a positive image in the audience about the film. But the conversations felt overwhelming in some cases. An example of this is the single shot that lasts for fifteen minutes at the climax. The dialogues that Bigby tells in this part are far removed from the main topic. I wonder if those who saw it were not bored.

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The presence of stars and the power of dialogue alone is not enough to satisfy the audience. The script, which fails to engage the audience, the system errors, the length and the lack of visual effects make the film a test of the audience’s patience. This kind of presentation can be boring even if it is a film of less than two hours, not to mention the situation when you have to watch it for two and a half hours.

The second half of the film is longer than the first half. The song ‘Rang Daria’ gave the audience at least some relief after half an hour. Binod Pradhan’s photography is also flawless. The background music and editing only added to the audience’s frustration. The film’s Kimax and its VFX are deplorable. Aside from the visual effects, the chasing scene and organization in that area are very poorly visualized.

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Perhaps the film could have been made a little more attractive if more than half an hour had been saved through faster presentation and editing. ‘Chehre’ did not have to be released in theaters these days as even better and more expensive films are released directly on the small screen. Many of its shortcomings could have been forgiven if the film had been shot on OTD platforms.

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