You have Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raz and a set of brilliant actors in superb form to support them; and what you come out with is simply “CHUTIYAPA” in its purest form.
The story is set in Old Delhi, where a group of local Chhichhore Launde plans to rob a big Haveli in the same locality, in a hope that they will find a hidden treasure there. Manoj Bajpayee as Pappi Bhai is the leader of this gang. The plan is as absurd as Manoj Bajpayee’s hairstyle. The owner of the Haveli, Anupam Kher, in one of his worst performances, is a mad old man who is stuck in time. You are bombarded with one after another weird character right from the start. They don’t make any sense. Kay Kay is sub-inspector Tejpal who share a common love interest with Pappi Bhai. Film starts and ends with a lunatic Annu Kapoor and only the director and writer know who or what he is.
The language of this film is ‘Real’, I mean that’s what the writer must have thought. No one in the film talks without a Gaali in every single sentence, not even the female character. Writing disappoints as there is no coherence among the scenes. I will not say every scene is a waste. There are some brilliant scenes with good dialogues, including the Gaalis, which score. But overall it’s dull.
Manoj Bajpayee looks exhausted and completely misses the accent here. In some scenes, he gives the impression that he is back in form but then disappoints. Kay Kay is brilliant in the limited screen space that is given to him. Vijay Raaz is equally excellent as the lawyer cum shooter cum con. Anupam Kher, I don’t get what he is doing in here. Annu Kapoor is wasted in his irritating weird role. Aditi Sharma looks good and acts well. The real winners as far as performances go, are the sidekicks. They are exceptionally brilliant and refreshing and it is only because of them that I tolerated whole of this film.
Coming out of the theater I had some kind of a sad feeling. It was actually a great opportunity lost. Just imagine what the writer-director Sanjeev Sharma could have achieved with such an ensemble cast. And actually, every single actor is in the form here maybe except Manoj Bajpayee. Sanjeev Sharma totally misses the point. Reality does not only mean Gaalis. You have to have a real story. The last fifteen- twenty minutes are plain torture. I tried counting one to hundred or else I could have thrown my shoes at the screen. What a waste.
“Ajeeb Chuttiyapa tha Yaar.”