‘Ghanchakkar’ review: A madcap comedy of defaults and errors!

‘Ghanchakkar’ review: A madcap comedy of defaults and errors!

‘Ghanchakkar’ comes from Rajkumar Gupta who had brought movies like ‘Aamir’ and ‘No One Killed Jessica’. The kind of genres that he has dealt with earlier stand completely in contrast to what this Emraan Hashmi-Vidya Balan starrer wishes to reveal. The genre, style and presentation are indeed the first of its kind but it is something that the audiences will find very problematic to digest.

It’s all about Sanjay Athray (Emraan Hashmi) and his ability to break open bank lockers and help thugs. His wife Neetu (Vidya Balan) has an uncanny sense of fashion and almost has an obsession for fashion magazines. She is loud and uncultured but she is particularly ambitious and pursues her husband to go the illegal way to earn additional income! She is also quite vocal about her greed for money henceforth openly admits to not having any intentions of making babies with him as she doesn’t want to present Sanju their father – as a thief! Sanjay is almost fed-up of his wife’s dreadful cooking and his mother’s phone calls at nights questioning if he has had dinner or not. It is not just about these two women that he gets squeezed in between but he has a bigger trouble in store with Pandit and Idris (his accomplice in a bank robbery mission). Sanju, Pandit (Rajesh Sharma) and Idris   (Namit Das) succeed in stealing 35 crores from a bank and decide to distribute their shares three months hence- oblivious to what will unfold afterwards.


As we all know Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi are both dynamic performers who have yet again  excelled in their respective roles. They are supported by some fine performances provided by Rajesh Sharma seen earlier with Balan in ‘The Dirty Picture’ and Namit Das. But unfortunately their faultless performances can do the least to up the fate of the film at the Box Office. Director Gupta has been successfully able to present Emraan Hashmi in a way none could ever thought of. This could help the him  further his career across all genres of cinema. But Gupta goes lukewarm while trying to give the correct kind of treatment to a grave plot. The climax as a separate chunk is absolutely out-of-the-box. It could have helped had the film gained velocity midway. It plunders the show thereby rattling your level of patience and understanding.

The film does have its share of highs but as a whole, fails to impress. The movie scores a 5.5/10 from me because ‘Ghanchakkar’ as a concept could have been more spellbinding and fun for audiences with a better plot and storyline as the cast perfected their roles in an otherwise mediocre script filled with flaws and tests your patience. If you are a die-hard Vidya Balan or Emraan Hashmi fans this one shouldn’t be missed!…

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