It it wasnt for the fact that i had met the music directors of Chintuji last night at a dinner party-its a film i would not have even heard of. But today being a bored afternoon, on the suggestions of a friend, i headed to the theatre with her. More for the popcorn samosa and icecream than the movie actually.
Since i plan to embark on my millionth diet from tomorrow the 10th of september-i thought a visit to the theatre would be a nice excuse to binge one last time-till the next time. Sigh!
But I am so glad i did. The story is simple- a utopian town called Hadbahedi, scant in modern amenities and electricity wonders how they can bring their town on the national map at one of their town meetings. On the revelation by an old midwife that Rishi Kapoor (Chintuji) was delivered by her in the very town of Hadbadehi -the town folk decide to invite their very own Chintuji for a visit.
Chintuji -a fading filmstar -for the sake of his political ambitions decides to accept the invitation and lands up in Hadbadehi, secretary and PR agent in tow.
What follows is warm witty real and a whole lot of fun. Part fact and part fiction(which leaves one wondering how much of it really happened) with an emotional undercurrent that keeps you hooked and smiling from the word go. The performances are first rate -every character well defined and fleshed out. Even though i didnt recognize much of the cast except for Rishi Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla
The filmy songs could have been avoided. Though the song with the names of all the worlds film directors is a whacky idea (i would have called the film first rate if the two songs had been cut out and we we were not abruptly shocked out of the narrative by it- because till the first song came on I was not watching a film-I was IN the film-if you get my point)
Rishi Kapoor is on a roll. To land, understand and accept a role like this is more than being at the right place at the right time. It reeks of artistic maturity and genius which today made me beleive that he is perhaps one of the finest actors we have ever had. An absolute delight to watch.
It also reiterated my faith that a truly good film is in the writing. This one has been brilliantly written-clever and tugging at the heart strings at the same time
Its a shame that the film has been so poorly publicized. Its really worth a dekho