Film: Chashme Baddoor
Director: David Dhawan
Dialogues: Sajid – Farhad
Screenplay: Sai Paranjpye, David Dhawan
Starring: Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Taapsee Pannu, Divyendu Sharma, Anupam Kher, Rishi Kapoor, Lilette Dubey
If you are not able to listen to half of the dialogues all the time (as people are busy laughing on the last one), take that comedy movie to be a success. David Dhawan pulls off the reincarnation of the old film quite nicely. He has not only taken the old wine to a new bottle but he mixes the wine with some additional masala and puts the bottle in a casket.
The story is about two friends (Siddharth & Divyendu Sharma) who try to woo a girl (Taapsee), fail miserably by getting bitten and beaten and when their friend (third one played by Ali Zafar) somehow starts courting the same girl, they screw it up. Later when they realise their friend was serious, they try to patch them up with the help of truth.
It is the same story as in the old Chashme Baddoor. The comic timing of both the films, need we compare, are at par for their particular eras. The dialogues are witty, fun evoking and, at times, very tongue in cheek. The dialogue writer duo of Sajid-Farhad has done a tremendous job and keeps you laughing throughout the movie.
Performances by all the three actors and the leading lady are genuine and they fit and live their roles nicely. Anupam Kher as the dad and uncle and added elements, Rishi Kapoor and Lilette Dubey have landed weight to their respective roles.
The songs were not that good as in a typical David Dhawan film nevertheless the old songs that were used at different times were quite nice and throw you back to the good old days of innocent comedy (without double meaning).
We had a film Khiladi 786 which tried to copy and paste dialogues from various movies from Bollywood but failed to generate too many laughters. We have Chashme Baddoor which has the same popular dialogues from old films but the presentation and situational delivery generates huge amounts of laughter.
The use of ‘film in a film’ kind of flashback is a good innovative effort and delivers as required. I was reminded by a reader that the old one also had flashback, which I remember now.
This film teaches the other directors who try to take a classic and bang it both ways as in case of Don, RGV ki Aag and most recently Himmatwala that you can keep the same story, don’t fart around boasting too much, present it to the the audience with their age, time and taste in mind and be liked and appreciated.
This movie is a great watch and it is advised that you take your friends with you else you might be clinching arms of the man/woman sitting next to you. Enjoy it.