CAST & CREW
“ Ghanchakkar” is a crime thriller with frequent dollops of humour interspersed, a genre not hitherto tried by director Raj Kumar Gupta, who has previous successes in films like “ Aamir” and “ No One Killed Jessica”. Incidentally, Vidya Balan, who was part of Gupta’s success in his previous film, teams up here with Emraan Hashmi, after their fruitful partnering in “ The Dirty Picture.”
Plot: Action starts right away, when two notorious criminals, Pandit and Idris, rendered respectively by Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das, contact master safe breaker Sanjay (a role enacted by Emraan Hashmi), seeking his help in a bank robbery, offering to share the booty with him. Sanjay agrees, and the heist is successfully carried out, but when the other two accomplices come for their share, they discover that Sanjay has apparently lost his memory. Not convinced, they continuously track the movements of Sanjay and his family only to find that Sanjay’s wife Neetu (a character played by Vidya Balan) has a friend Uttam Nagpal (portrayed by Parvin Dabas) who has suddenly become a millionaire through a lottery winning, and was very suspiciously moving out to London when questioned.
To add to their doubts, even Neetu had apparently bought a one-way ticket to London. Getting desperate, Pandit and Idris kidnap Neetu and ask Sanjay to meet them in a train. The ploy does not work as Sanjay does not even recognise them. However, when Idris pulls the gun on Sanjay, he himself gets shot by Baba (another criminal played by Shashank Shinde), the latter being the unknown person who had earlier phoned up Sanjay enquiring about the location of the loot. However, Baba also fails in extracting information and in desperation shoots Neetu injuring her hoping that her suffering would make Sanjay come out with the truth. When nothing happens, Baba kills Pandit and Idris and moves out of the train.
In a dramatic coincidence, Sanjay receives a call from his mother, informing him to collect the suitcase that he had left with her. Overhearing this Baba jumps back on the train and in a tragic-comic sequence of events, slips on a banana skin and meets end getting his neck impaled on a fork that Sanjay was holding. The train leaves with the three dead bodies and a seemingly lost Sanjay and a smiling Neetu The film attempts a hitherto untried mix of crime and humour, and the director Ashu Trikha deserves compliments for trying out this unconventional mix. Unfortunately, the humour gets lost even before the end of the first half and resurfaces only towards the end. It is only Vidya Balan’s gutsy acting and her infusion of life into an unconventional role that she can retain audience interest in the events, as long as she appears on the screen. Emraan Hashmi, after displaying his skills in the initial portion of the film, is almost a dormant character after that, and the film is then propped up mostly on the characters of the crooks and Vidya.
While the cinematography of Setu just passes muster, the music of Amit Trivedi must be a letdown, coming as it does from someone known for his quality and novelty. However, it is primarily the screenplay scripted by Parvez Sheikh and Gupta himself that seems to have let down director Raj Kumar Gupta and has spoilt the reputation he had gained through his earlier films.
Verdict: In spite of obvious blemishes, one can try viewing it to see how crime and humour could have been combined better.
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