BEGINNING NOTE: The sunlight seemed quite charming, as I looked outside through the glass window of my aircraft, a few months back, while flying to Delhi...Pleasantly, I started reading a magazine that was kept in front of my seat..A few minutes later, the soft voice of the air hostess drew my attention to the appetizing snacks she was offering...I was already hungry...So, happily gave her my tray, she put some fast food there & left...I finished my meal, had some water & reopened the magazine...Coincidentally the first line in that page which my eyes spotted, was a quote by famous comedian & writer Mindy Kaling that says, "Fast food is hugely important in the life of a comedy writer. All we do is order in, and what we're going to eat is hotly debated.."
Today, after watching 'Chashme Baddoor', I was recalling that correlation of fast food & comedy which Mindy Kaling specified so rightly...Writing a comedy script with appropriate dialogues & convincing sequences is probably more challenging than acting on it...Back in 1981, Sai Paranjpye befittingly blended humor with strong storyline in the film 'Chashme Buddoor'...Now, in 2013, when the remake of this film released, with the same name 'Chashme Baddoor', the expectation naturally soared high...I noticed that sparkle in the eyes of people, with whom I entered the theater to watch this movie...which gradually transformed into macroscopic excitation adding some extra decibels to the dolby digital sound, as the movie started !!
MOVIE: Set in the pristine beauty of Goa, the film basically tells the story of three close friends, Omi (Divyendu Sharma), Jai (Siddharth Narayan) & Sid (Ali Zafar)...Omi & Jai are extremely light-hearted & only interested in women, while Sid is serious type with each & every qualities needed to categorize him as a 'typical good boy'...Everything went fine until Seema (Taapsee Pannu) walked into the plot, followed by desperate endeavors of Omi & Jai to win her heart, which ultimately failed badly...Later Sid met Seema & soon they fell in love with each other...Omi & Jai became jealous & subsequently succeeded to separate the couple..What happens next ? Will Sid & Seema reunite ? Can jealousy dominate over genuine kindness of human heart? Let these questions be answered after watching the drama at the silver screen !!
'LIKE's : 1)Thumbs up to Saijid-Farhad for funny dialogues & hilarious quirks...The entertainment value increased manifold by bizarre poetry & nice choreography !!
2)Siddharth Narayan steals the show with marvelous performance, followed by Divyendu Sharma & Taapsee Pannu...Rishi Kapoor & Lilette Dubey literally brightened up the frame with their candid onscreen chemistry...To make people laugh is the most difficult task for an actor, because it involves the real confidence solved in aboveboard acting skill...'Chashme Baddoor' fulfilled this criteria by assembling a group of meritable actors !!
3)Re-making a movie, which already got a 'cult status' is not a matter of joke...Credit should definitely go to David Dhawan for his brave effort & neat direction !!
'DISLIKE's : 1)Music by Sajid-Wajid is not dissatisfactory but, could be composed more discreetly !!
2)Screenplay by Sai Paranjpye & David Dhawan projected absurdity at some scenes, thereby cutting the natural flow of storytelling, which if handled a bit more cautiously would serve better treatment for viewers !!
3) The repeated usage of 'Dum Hai, Boss' throughout the talkie by Taapsee Pannu seemed out of the place, as she was cheifly presented as a sweet girl...She carried her part really well, except this dialogue which looked kind of misfit against her innocent expressions !!
MESSAGE (Behavioral Psychology) : A film is more than just entertainment of a few hours...Yes, entertainment quotient is important, since public are spending their hard-earned money to watch a film, but it is the subtle message which makes a movie special among other films, which are released simultaneously in every fridays...The complications of human behavior, better known as 'Behavioral Psychology' is the key molecule that forms the hidden message of 'Chashme Baddoor'...Here is the explication !!
The apparently loyal friendship between Omi, Jai & Sid suffered a major crash when jealousy, in the form of Seema entered into their otherwise supportive amicability...Friendship, by birth is suave but by manifestation is clumsy especially at times of adversity...As epitomized in the movie, if Human Mind is represented as a 'Quadrilateral' then, 'Companionship-Romance-Jealousy-Remorse' construct it's four different edges, placing companionship & jealousy in the diagonally opposite corners...Nothing can ruin the beauty of a relationship as effectively as envy...There is a Spanish proverb in this context, "Envy is thin because it bites but never eats.." Ultimately, it is the goodness that prevails over meanness...Thats why Omi & Jai underwent remorse for their shameful act & took every possible attempt to revive the lost love between Sid & Seema...Not only in the cinema, but in reality too, the ups & downs in friendship is a common phenomenon in almost everybody's life, which becomes more vulnerable in the slightest provocation of envy...Its a matter to rethink & thats the reason 'Chashme Baddoor' wins accolade as it powerfully contrasted the white & black shades of human emotion...the truth behind every failure & success of a relationship !!
WINDUP: When a film is remade, then comparison between the two versions is inevitable...'Chashme Baddoor' is no exception...Within a vast span of 32 years, at least thousand cusec water had flown in the Ganges...A lot of changes happened to Indian society, as well as in the outlook of youth which naturally accelerated the metamorphosis in the audio-visual medium of merriment...for example, Movies/ TV serials/Radio Programmes...In my opinion, the comparison between two versions is unnecessary, since the time has changed...Generations have changed...Now-a-days, the noun 'Womanizer' got a newer dimension, supported by more witty usage of pranks amongst Romeos...Undoubtedly, a difference is there...The original movie was simple yet brilliant in terms of execution, while the new one primarily focuses on naughty elements & lacks the classic touch...But, the similarity between these two movies lies in the unobscured amusement, laced with a fluorescent depiction of human errors & corrections...something which should not be missed...something which magnifies those acclaimed lines by Douglas Pagels..."A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.."