Monday, 13 September 2010
Basu Chatterjee's films are always entertaining. And, this 1986 romantic comedy is no different. Without prevaricating, let's get to the story (but no spoilers, I guarantee).
Charandas (Anil Kapoor) is a local lad living with his brother Bhajandas (Satyen Kappu) and sister-in-law (Tabassum). Bhajandas is always nagging him to do something worthwhile but the young Charandas is busy whiling his time in the neighbourhood wrestling club. He is a protege of Mastram Pehelwan (Om Prakash) whose students are under the strict oath of not marrying before the age of 40. As per his guru's instructions, Charandas is prodigious with his wrestling matches and exercises.
The ending is exciting and happy, just as all romantic comedies should end. But the run-up to the ending is pacy, hilarious and full of rib-tickling incidents. Though Kalyanji-Anandji's music might seem to truncate the lucid narrative, I guess commercial Hindi films would be deemed incomplete without them. But, once the song and dance is over, the action begins all over again.
Om Prakash tickles your funny bone with his characteristic dexterity. Only here, he might sometimes irk you with his rantings against women. They are thoroughly chauvinistic and ludicrous. (naari nark ka dwaar hain, naari mard ko khokhla bana deti hain... unfair and outrageous)!!