CAST & CREW
Though the title “CHAMKU” sends out signals that it's a comedy doesn’t deliver so! Chamku is an Indian crime drama film and has been apparently inspired by a true story. The film is about a traumatized child who becomes a Naxalite, and upon being captured must agree to become a police assassin.
CHAMKU showcases the journey of a guy, Chandrama Singh ( Bobby Deol), whose family had been brutally murdered. Chamku was brought up and trained by Baba ( Danny Denzongpa), a Naxalite, in Southern interiors of Bihar. He later got selected for a secret government Program jointly conceived by RAW & IB to eliminate anti-social elements. Chamku was trained for political assassinations. He was given the toughest jobs which he tackled with ease. His life undergoes a dramatic change when he falls in love with Shubhi ( Priyanka Chopra). When he decides to lead a normal life, his past comes and stands on his face.
Chamku is inspired by Bombay and Delhi of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.In the opening 10 minutes of Chamku, Bobby Deol, runs through a crowded mall, desperately trying to catch the man responsible for his ruined childhood. This suggests that you are in for a taut action thriller. However, by the end of it, you realise that Chamku offers the same old Bollywood saga of revenge as it degenerates into vendetta film.
Bobby gets it right. He conveys a lot even when silent. His performance deserves all the praise. Priyanka’s character could have had more depth in it. Irrfan Khan, as always, is competent. Rajpal Yadav does well as the informer.
1. Gopal’s cinematography is outstanding.
2. The first half boasts of a few interesting sequences. The transformation from a ruthless killer to a romantic guy is depicted beautifully.
3. Director Kabeer Kaushik has adapted several action scenes with quite an audacity.
What’s not there?
1. The script succumbs to predictability all through.
2. The music is superfluous.
CHAMKU is old wine presented in a new bottle. To be precise, there is no chamak in CHAMKU.
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