Gulf News : 2018-12-06

Mad About Movies : 56 : 28

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mad about movies 28 gulfnews.com/tabloid Thursday, December 6, 2018 befriended by Mathur and his busybody friends (all played by savvy veterans) to bring Raj’s son back on the track. It really makes no sense for the patriarch to employ an outsider’s help, paying her huge amounts of money to do the job when he’s allegedly bankrupt, while the son sulks and sings some songs with a ragged band that wouldn’t qualify in the first round of any music contest. Nonetheles­s, Rajma Chawal is not a total washout. The son’s attachment to his dead mother and the resultant hostility towards his father could have been better explored. The nooks and corners of Chandni Chowk are explored with curious candour, with the very talented Adil Hussain showing up in one fleeting scene. Kapoor, who has never been known to fail a script, barely manages to make the disgruntle­d father’s role credible. Fatally, actor Anirudh Tanwar playing Kapoor’s son fails to make his character relatable. And Aparshakti Khurrana who never fails to make an impact scarcely gets a chance in his loutish revolver-toting loverboy’s role. He does have one strong moment with the pretty Dastur when he confesses she isn’t ‘disgusting’. (She has just returned the money she owes him and I agree that’s a rare quality). No such harsh descriptio­n can be applied to this film. It is a sweet if somewhat strained attempt to make sense of Delhi’s quasi-diasporic demagogue. Could have been so much better. But let’s look at this unfinished film as representa­tive of the incomplete people it depicts. Don’t miss it! Rajma Chawal low that a father would carry on the charade of posing as a girl named Tara on Facebook to get his son’s attention. And the son would not come to know of his father’s hare-brained scheme even when the father asks his son for headphones after the son offers to play a song for ‘Tara’ during their net-chat. Review A REALISTIC FILM Such improbabil­ities would go unnoticed in escapist kitsch. Rajma Chawal aims to be in a more realistic natural space. The problem is the more it tries the more the plot ties itself into impossible knots. Midway through the promising but compromise­d screenplay (Vivek Anchalia, Manurishi Chadha, Leena Yadav), the film introduces the wild-child character of Tara (Amyra Dastur), a homeless nomadic opportunis­tic adventurer who is —IANS is now streaming on Netflix.