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Chaar Din Ki Chandni  : Four days of boredom
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Friday, March 9, 2012
Samir Karnik
Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhawa, Anita Raj, Om Puri, Chandrachur Singh, Mukul Dev, Johnny Lever
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A love story is woven into the chaos that ensues when Rajasthan Royal (nothing to do with the IPL team) weds Raucous Punjabi. Until there’s relief for everybody – the happy winding-up signals a merciful end.

The plot: It’s wedding time for Divya, the daughter of His Highness CV Singh (Anupam Kher). Singh’s youngest son Vir Vikram Singh (Tusshar Kapoor) has flown in from London with his Punjabi girlfriend Chandni (Kulraj). The well-bred Rajasthan Royals would never accept an alliance with the swear-word spewing Punjabis, so Vir introduces his girlfriend as just a colleague. The young man’s problems get compounded with this one big fat lie – he has four days to stop his brothers, the eternally angry Yashwant (Sushant Singh), the lusty Udaybhaan (Mukul Dev) and the drunken poet Prithvi (Chandrachud Singh) from hitting on Chandni and convince stand-offish dad to permit his marriage to the Punjabi lass. Alas.

The good: What one should definitely not expect is entertainment.  What one will get for sure are cartloads of clichés and a comic touch or two that don’t add up to much. The peppy title track works decently well. Tusshar, cast as both Vir and Pappi Singh, tries hard to get his character(s) right and it shows. Unfortunately, this is a double role where the performance is restricted to a dress change from Powerful Punjabi to Royal Rajasthani. Seniors like Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Farida Jalal and Mukund Dev add professionalism to their presence.

The bad: Too many half-baked characters and a lethargic script which make the film flag before take-off. The gags too are not strong enough to bear the brunt of the weak script and carry it through. The actors who can deliver like Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Anita Raaj, Farida Jalal, Mukul Dev and Sushant Singh are not given much to do, ending up like a bunch of loud buffoons. The film is stretched excessively with a cliché waiting at every twist and turn. The music is consistently dull and unnecessary except for the title track. There are parallel stories playing simultaneously but they’re left casually open and vague, adding to the general meaninglessness. Considering this is his fifth film, the director is like a naive rookie, having mounted a humourless spoof instead of a story-driven narrative. The last scene where typically everyone is fighting with everyone just to create confusion looks like it’s been picked from a hundred Priyadarshan films of yore or from the more recent Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahaani . Kulraj as Chandni has so much to do – she has to flash a lot of dimples and throw a smile in every scene.  That makes up for the zero substance in her character. Old songs may have been added to up the drama and humour quotient but it’s pushed to the point of not eliciting even a chuckle, especially when Tusshar says, “Mere paas Dirty Picture hai” after talking about Singham, RA.1 and Bodyguard.

Overall: Spread over chaar din but stars less than two is what its rating merits.

~Pooja Thakkar

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