I didnt have much expectations from the film and hence went with a cool head for a good timepass for 2 hours and I got exactly that after the end of the film.
Aaloo Chaat is about Nikhil (Aftab) who has just come back home to India after studying abroad where he has fallen in love with a girl Aamna (Aamna Sharif). Now, he hasnt told about this to his parents as they are vey much against a Muslim girl being brought into their house. They want him to get married to a simple & homely Punjabi girl, but Nikhil keeps rejecting the proposals.
One day, Nikhil tells his father's friend Hakim(Manoj Pahwa) about Aamna. Hakim then devises a plan which would help Nikhil get Aamna into his family permanently. What's this plan and will it work or not is what the rest of the film deals with.
The humour in the film is not at all slapstick. Its quite simple, though there are occasions where it falls flat and you dont laugh at all. But then there are many situations where the one liners are good. Dialogues could have been more better though.
Direction is taut. The climax could have been better, its quite weak and the twist also doesnt impress much, and ofcourse use of a cricketer in a photo as shown is sort of blooper which could had been avoided,it wont go well with critics at all.
The 1st half is very entertaining. Also, the film's length is short and it never makes you feel bored at all.
Songs are very well placed. The romantic song of Xulfi is so beautiful and its beauty increases with the chemistry of Aftab and Aamna in the song along with some beautiful shots taken in the song. Boliyaan is well used as a marriage song. While rdb version as expected comes in end credits. Kailash kher song takes the Opening credits place,again a reference to the opening credits,very innovative and funny.
As far as flaws are concerned, Along with weak climax, the characterisation of Aamna and Aftab could had been better, as the film is heavily built on Manoj Pahwa and Sanjay Mishra, the lead get very less key sequences to get their hold on.Camerawork is average, It zooms a bit too much on Aftab's face.
Aftab Shivdasani is nice, at places he falls short of expressions but at places he is very good. Overall, okay is the word that fits his part. Aamna Sharif has so less dialogues in the film but still she does well in whatever she could,in terms of looks she is simply gorgeous and beautiful in every scene. Manoj Pahwa is probably the show stealer of the film, infact he is the person who narrates the entire film,he gets some very good dialogues and enacts his part also with full justice. Sanjay Mishra is very good too, along with Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Rajpal Yadav should learn a lesson from this character, these are the characters that would suit him a lot. Rest of the starcast is fine.
Overall, Aloo Chaat works due to Aftab-Aamna's chemistry(though their roles are quite limited) and the Manoj Pahwa-Sanjay Mishra jodi. Recommended for a good time pass.
Ratings : 2.75