Fri, 04 Sep 2009 08:34:14 GMT

'Chintuji': A small film with a big heart!

This is a film which reinstates your faith in clean, good and engaging cinema, something which was the mainstay of Hindi films in the Sixties and the Seventies when the likes of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee had spearheaded the 'middle-of-the-road' films.

Review of Chintuji


Kapoor's film not only has a set of values that it talks about; it has a story which has been extremely well told. The cast may lack star presence but they make up for it with some excellent performances. The values may be dismissed as old fashioned by many, but one cannot dismiss the fact that they are the bedrock of all things that are good and just in Indian society.

Generally, theatre directors get carried away by their passion and zest to say something meaningful and make a mistake in replicating the language of theatre in films. But Kapoor makes none of those mistakes. He makes a near flawless film start to finish. His inimitable touches are clearly visible in the loving manner in which the film unfolds. This is a film which has been made with a lot of love. The other beautiful thing about this movie is Kapoor's quintessential humanistic touch which is the keystone of 'Chintuji'. A gentle humour pervades the. The essential goodness of human nature resonates in every corner of the movie.

The film's story is about Chintuji (Rishi Kapoor), who gets in touch with his real self when he visits this quaint unknown town of Hadbahedi. A utopian town of sorts, Hadbahedi seems to have been unsullied by the ills and evils of modernisation. Fired by his political aspirations, he visits Hadbahedi and begins his campaign to enter the political arena. It all begins when he is invited by the denizens of the town to visit them as they hope it will make their town famous.

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