Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhava,
Directed by Samir Karnik
Rating: Minus Chaar
The writers of ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ and CAPTCHA writers serve the same purpose: waste your time and question your being (considering your taste in films!). Nonsensical has always been Bollywood’s version of slapstick. A wafer-thin plot, exaggerated characters who believe comedy means screaming out lines and repeating jokes which weren’t funny the first time around. But CDKC, miraculously, even manages to insult this disreputable genre. While a romantic comedy surrounding a wedding would be an impulsive 'paisa-daalo' for any financier, the unaccounted risks surface from the cracks in the characterization. And even for a person with superhuman tolerance, they will seem unnecessarily quirky and embarrassingly desperate in their attempt to entertain. If you’ve seen the promos of this film, you know the type. But you’re wrong. It’s not even worthy of being a no-brainer that you gape at on TV during aimless Sunday afternoons.
Set in a royal family in Rajasthan, we meet our never-ending cast members: the Raja, his highness, his baldness, Chandraveer Singh/ CV Singh (Anupam Kher), his wife, her highness with low blouse-neck, Devika Singh (Anita Raj), their sons, the royal pervert Udaybhan Singh (Mukul Dev), the regally and illogically irritated Yashwant Singh (Sushant Singh) and the comfortably drunk Prithvi Singh (Chandrachur Singh). Now, you can forget these names and focus on the lead pair: C V Singh’s fourth seed, Veer Singh (Tusshar Kapoor), a London educated lad (proven by one scene where he’s talking and walking in English around Piccadilly Circus). Veer isn’t a complete caricature like his brothers and other allied relations and has returned to India for a family wedding along with his lover who is pretending to be a journalist, Miss very-well-dimpled Chandni (Kulraj Randhava). Why the pseudo-profession? Because the royal Rajputs will never accept a mere mortal like Chandni, despite sharing the same surname. Now that’s an original plot!
There’s little else in the story and you know exactly where this film is headed. To make it worse, the filmmaker chooses to pack in situations that are supposed to amuse but leave you bemused about why the interval isn’t popping up. Fatoor Singh (Om Puri) and Pammi Singh (Farida Jalal) who are Chandni’s parents also show up to save this sinking ship but fail miserably. Since, the director wanted to equitably distribute screen space among the supporting cast, Veer’s brothers are all smitten by Chandni and each one justifies his signing amount by pouring out his acting studio lessons to impress her.
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