CAST & CREW
“ Chashme Baddoor” is a remake of the memorable Farooq Sheikh Deepti Naval starrer of the early 80s, and relies mostly on the earlier characters and themes with minor variations. While David Dhawan has relied mostly on the earlier story and also has given credit to Sai Paranjape for it, he has taken few liberties in adding some extra scenes.
Plot: The story starts off in the same way. Fed up of her retired army man father, played by Anupam Kher, repeatedly trying to get her married to an army man, young Seema (played by newcomer Taapsee Pannu), leaves Mumbai for Goa to live with her uncle, her father's younger brother (Anupam Kher in a dual role). On the other side, Siddharth Kashyap-“Sid” (played by Ali Zafar), Jai (by Siddharth) and Omi (by Divyendu Sharma) are lucky to have a kind hearted landlady Miss Josephine (in a fine performance by Lilette Dubey) who allows these three friends to stay on even when they default on rents. In the same way, Joseph Furtado ( Rishi Kapoor) owner of a café in the neighbourhood is gracious enough not to refuse them even when payments go in arrears. It is in this scenario that Jai and Omi come across Seema and immediately get attracted to her, with each of them separately trying to woo her, but with disastrous results. In their bravado, they, however, claim to each other that they have been successful in receiving her love. Sid, however, was not interested in dating her, but not knowing her, he accidentally comes across her and she seems quite impressed with him, and slowly they strike up a friendship. However, the other two jealous of Sid’s luck with her, try all sorts of ploys to break this off creating misunderstanding between the two, and they seem to be successful too. On the other side the trio’s financial problems continue so they thin out another ploy. Knowing the secret weakness of Joseph and Miss Josephine for each other, they desperately try to get the two together, looking upon it as a long term favour that they would be doing to the elderly lovers, and in return would continue to get their graciousness forever. Meanwhile, better sense prevails upon Jai and Omi, and they help in uniting Sid and Seema too. Even Seema’s military dad comes down to bless them, realising that he too was a civilian before joining the army.
Although an accomplished director of comedy films, David Dhawan always suffers by comparison when he tries remake of a classic like “Chashme Baddoor”, and even without comparison to the previous actors, the acting falls flat in the newer version. It is only the acting of the veterans like Anupam Kher, Rishi Kapoor which act as the saving grace. In production values it does a decent job, but it is mostly the treatment of the plot and the four young characters that are not able to lift the film.
Verdict: It should not be a bad experience watching this movie, unless you had seen the original, and it is still fresh in your minds
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