CAST & CREW
When you make films in its reality best then you have to be very careful . Jayant Gilatar, the director of Chalk N Duster has dealt with the subtle subject of underpaid teachers with utmost earnestness. And sometimes earnestness is overshadowed by the seemingly negative aspect of being too loud. And Salt N Duster also undergoes this process.
What happens when a noble profession as teaching is commercialized forms the crux of Salt N Duster. In this film, two talented teachers become the scapegoats of an insensitive top management. Watch the movie to find out how the director has dealt with this subtle subject.
Shabana Azmi and Juhi Chawla prove that why they are offered powerful roles now and then even after their hey days. It’s a cakewalk for Shabani Azmi as she does full justice to her role. And for Juhi Chawla, she is one actress who is always a pleasure to watch. Even in the films of other genre that she had worked she had a soft yet determined voice that worked in favor of her. In Salt N Duster too she has shined with a lengthy dialogue that will strike the right chord with the audience. Divya Dutta has got a meaty role of the antagonist of the movie and she excels in spitting venom throughout her sequences. Rishi Kapoor and Richa Chadda, though in brief roles, impress us with their splendid performance while Arya Babbar tries to evoke laughter in his comical role. As for Jackie Shroff and Girish Karnad their caliber is totally wasted in this movie.
Teachers are the most revered professionals all over the world. But the irony is that though they sometimes overwork they are underpaid in our country. Chalk N Duster takes the path of dealing with this subject in a loud manner. In this film, the teachers are women, for a pleasant change. The director has not beat about the bush, instead he has called the spade a spade and given the devil its due share.
There is always an ever-present confusion as to what we are and what we want to be. The characters of Juhi and Shabana are also in the same lines.
The camaraderie shared by Shabana and Juhi elevates the movie to a new level.
The second half makes up for the lackluster first half.
The usage of gaming shows in television and social media add verve to the otherwise lackluster movie.
What’s not there?
The movie gives the look of a moral science classroom.
One can watch this movie for what will work when filmmakers opt to do movies of such genre. And also to keep in mind, what may not work!
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