Critic’s rating of the movie Hello Charlie: 2.5 / 5 stars (two and a half stars)
Featured actors: The face of Jackie Shroff, Aadar Jain, Shlokka Pandit, Elnaaz Norouzi, Rajpal Yadav, Bharat Ganeshpure, Girish Kulkarni
Director: Pankaj Saraswat
What is good: On too many scattered punchlines, little work
What is bad: It teases you by posing that larger-than-life premise, creating the hope of having this hilariously shameless comedy routine, but exposes its hollow plot ruined by lazy writing.
Loo break: If you took a break, you don’t do this again!
Watch or not ?: If you have 100 minutes to hang around to kill, go for it!
Bum Chirag Rastogi (Aadar Jain), coldly known as Charlie, stays with his uncle (Darshan Jariwala), who loves his truck as much as Boman’s pappppa loved his car in Dhamaal. Along with that, we have MD Makwana (Jackie Shroff) the eccentric scammer on the run from the country, and we all know who this character is based on within minutes.
His “ sweetheart ” Mona (Elnaaz Norouzi) plans to disguise Makwana as a gorilla and take her to Diu from Mumbai to secretly escape the country by sea. As the two tracks meet, Charlie steals the truck from his uncle in order to impress him by earning a lot of money. The delivery he receives is from Makwana disguised as a gorilla. Dumb Charlie agrees to carry the gorilla, and all the silly obstacles they face on the journey are what the story is about.
Hello Charlie Movie Review: Script Analysis
From the idea of disguising a 60-year-old fraud millionaire disguised as a gorilla to a child who asks him, “Would you escape if I got you out of the cage?” Before letting him change a tire on the truck, Pankaj Saraswat’s story doesn’t take long to prove that he doesn’t know where slapstick comedy ends by crossing the line of bearable humor. You might have a laugh or two when a poker-faced Rajpal Yadav says “Bolo Beta” while answering his colleague “Alpha” on the walkie-talkie, but that’s about it. No joke in the movie has touched that level for me and if you don’t like it then don’t take any of my “ positive ” words for the movie.
Due to the strong support from Excel, the film manages to achieve a vibrant, vivid and colorful setting, but unfortunately the script (Pankaj Saraswat & Abhishek Khairkar) could not use it to the fullest. This is totally in the Total Dhamaal area; I hated it and would give this one an advantage just because I laughed three times. In such films, it is the story that is usually the culprit, but here Abhishek Khairkar’s lifeless dialogue should be blamed. Despite all its lameness, the story had enough scope to squeeze through some exaggerated dialogue, but you can count the good ones using up to three fingers.
Andre Menezes’ camera work is cool and breezy, but the overall negatives don’t allow him to reach his potential. Everyone salutes the person who edited the trailer, which has almost all the good parts of the movie. When a movie is only 100 minutes long and you still think the editors (Chandan Arora and Mitesh Soni) could have wasted another 10-15 minutes, you know there’s something wrong with the script.
Hello Charlie Movie Review: Star Performance
Outside of the three scenes, we see Jackie Shroff acting with his face as the Gorilla outfit acts like his Iron-Man suit. He turns out to be a fun addition to the cast because the creators let him be. Due to the reflection of his real-life eccentricity, you don’t really mind him doing monkey shit.
Despite some memorable performances, Ranbir Kapoor seems a bit offbeat in this film. FOR THOSE WHO KNOW, KNOW THAT I MUST DO THIS. Yes, Ranbir-like ghosts still haunt Aadar Jain’s performance. Although there is a slight change in his voice, and now he looks a bit like Kartik Aaryan too. He must channel his new value and use it to break the bubble.
I’ve read how Shlokka Pandit struggled for seven years to finally land this role, and the efforts are visible. Despite her late entry into the film, Shlokka maintains a good balance by adding her natural touch to the scenes. Glad she’s inside; getting a good script from here shouldn’t be as difficult as it used to be.
The character of Mona highlights Elnaaz Norouzi’s range which is very limited at the moment. She has a decent screen presence which is affected by the low number of expressions. Rajpal Yadav’s funny dialogue (mentioned above) brings my knowledge of learning the proverb “sau sunar ki, ek lohar ki” to use. But that’s about all; it is wasted otherwise. Bharat Ganeshpure gets the role of drunken doctor on the verge. Girish Kulkarni as the owner of “Diamond Circus” is embarrassing.
Hello Charlie Movie Review: Director, Music
For the man behind the series that gave us Raju Srivastava, the man who wrote the screenplay for one of the most underrated films of all time Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh, it’s hard not to exaggerate hopes. After the fact that I liked the trailer so much, the end result is disappointing.
Fortunately, John Stewart Eduri’s background score doesn’t get loud at any point, and that’s enough for me to appreciate it. Nakash Aziz, One Two One Two Dance by Tanishk Bagchi (written by Vayu) is catchier than I thought. There is a dance floor outside of that which is a worthless addition.
Hello Charlie Movie Review: The Last Word
All is said and done; here’s how to get that all in one line – imagine a gorilla, all the weird things you would make him do and have him do it in a not-so-entertaining story.
Two and a half stars!
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Hello Charlie released on April 09, 2021.
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