Directed by Rumi Jaffery, Chehre is a terribly absurd crime mystery that tries very hard to be called a thriller!
It’s true, criminal justice in India looks an awful lot like a joke in a lot of matters but we’re not sure what Chehre is mad about in spite of spending a majority of the 2 hours 19 mins in monologues about the concept of justice, the Delhi gang rape, acid attacks and terrorism in India and ‘Chehre’. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, and a bunch of extremely talented actors, this movie sounds great on paper but simply drags onscreen.
Cast – Amitabh Bachchan, Annu Kapoor, Raghubir Yadav, and Dhritimaan Chatterjee play the role of the four retired court officials. What you’d only call a dream star cast fails to shine onscreen thanks to a poorly written script and screenplay. Emraan Hashmi’s character feels an awful lot like every character he’s played! We’re not quite sure what Rhea Chakrabarty was trying to portray as Anna!
Storyline – Sameer Mehra(Emraan Hashmi) gets stranded in the middle of a hailstorm and bumps into a stranger who invites him home for the night. This massive mansion in the middle of nowhere has an eerie vibe to it and Anna (Rhea Chakraborty) only adds to it. The stranger turns out to be one of the four retired court officials who use this mansion to enact mock trials as a way of killing time. Before he knows it, Sameer is trapped in this game and finds himself being questioned by a public prosecutor, Lateef Zaidi (Amitabh Bachchan).
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What I didn’t quite like – With a stellar star cast like Amitabh Bachchan, Annu Kapoor, Raghubir Yadav, and Dhritimaan Chatterjee, in one movie, you’d expect this film to be a cinematic experience but it leaves you looking at the watch, counting minutes till it ends, that ends up feeling just as dissatisfactory as the entire film. Can someone please explain Rhea Chakraborty’s role to us, because we didn’t get that one at all!
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