Chaalis Chauraasi - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

A crime-cum-situational comedy that starts out with witty one-liners and some awesome comic timing by the finest of performers fizzles out after the first half hour. A decent basic plot riddled by need for item numbers and long-drawn scenes that make the writers look clueless.

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30 reviewers have given Chaalis Chauraasi an average rating of 1.6/5.0 (?)

5 yays
16 nays
9 so-so

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So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...However only Rajesh Sharma shines in his small but powerful role and he is really fast emerging as a dependable actor for the directors.... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...But the sequence of events that unfold are of the run of the mill variety... full review

So-So by Charu Mahesh, Buzz in Town ...despite the fact that the protagonists churn out a yummy dish sans a sound recipe.... full review

So-So Daily Bhaskar ...the plot loses threads due to a dragged screenplay as soon as the writer starts sketching their characters. ... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...ooking at this film I feel he requires a good script and not stars if he really wants to showcase himself as a worthy director.... full review

Thumbs down by Kshitij, Desi Martini ...The screenplay is shoddy as it goes back and forth just for the sake of it & thinks that replaying redundant scenes is some stylish way of storytelling.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Yet, you smile benignly now and then because Naseeruddin Shah is charming in a campy sort of way, Atul Kulkarni has moments of pure insanity that belie his image as a serious performer, Kay Kay Menon displays a canny sense of comic timing and Ravi Kishen proves that whatever film you put him in (Raavan included), he's sure to create an impression... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...the director goes for a realistic treatment, but then the acting is over the top, some characters are caricatures (Sir’s employers) or plain annoying (the gangsters guarding the stash)... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D' Souza, Glamsham.com ...The Hawa Hawa and Setting Zala, songs add to the tempo with small flashbacks thrown in to give you the complete picture. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...The drama is set in stretched real time... full review

Thumbs down by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...The film is a caper film which keeps the narrative run-time as short as a night’s dilemma but includes reels of flashback that doesn’t give the impression of tightness. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...`Chaalis Chaurasi’ is like an empty vessel, which rattles round noisily to no effect. ... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...The basic premise sounds interesting enough but the actual culprit of this crime-comedy is Yash-Vinay's humdrum writing that fails to excite after the initial reels. ... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...All the four main actors act brilliantly and make the drama more engaging than it is. ... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...Shah gets the most meaty role and he delivers effortlessly, even charmingly, though he plays Pankaj Suri, a former professor of English who has lost everything because of a past mistake. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY ...The cast is near perfect, especially Naseer as the alcoholic leader of the group and Kulkarni as a failed singer-turned-colourful pimp are brilliant.... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...The non-linear narrative of the film, with the film starting in the middle of the story, frequently interspersed with cheesy video interviews of the foursome, does little to hold the audiences interest. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...In retrospect -because the film has cut back at an interesting point in the first thirty minutes — it’d just have been less tedious if the story were told linearly. ... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...he songs except the remix of Hawa Hawa are all needless and tackily shot. ... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...Naseer sleepwalks, Kay Kay and Atul ham and Ravi is sleazy as usual... full review

So-So by Preeti Arora, Rediff ...The director takes a huge risk in casting these amazing actors as buddies. If any one of them had tried to outdo the other, the result would have been complete disaster. But these four veterans, with impeccable comic timing, don't just manage to keep us involved they manage to make us laugh. ... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Together, the four have a good chemistry on screen and their camaraderie is evident, but Shetty’s direction plays spoilsport. ... full review

So-So by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...a movie guys will enjoy watching more than girls! ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Two risqué dance numbers that have our not-so-young protagonists shake a leg are unnecessary and jarring. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...Zakir Hussain and Shweta play their given roles very well and lend support to their co-stars. ... full review

Thumbs down by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Naseeruddin Shah, one of the finest actors of bollywood who enacts the part of Pankaj Suri alias Sir in the Van, is average at best. But this is not his fault and underutilizing of his talent is visible everywhere.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Go, enjoy a refreshing new genre of comedy. ... full review

Thumbs down by Mr Care, Upper Stall ...Uninspiring cinematography, amateurish editing, and a background score from Hollywood in the 80s (with a track that goes "this is a hell of a ride" or something to that effect) complete the ruins. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...It could’ve been way tighter if the director could’ve sacrificed about 12 songs in the final cut but then that would cut down Shweta Bhardwaj’s role by 98%.... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Add to that actors like Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Zakir Hussain and Ravi Kissen, and you have a delectable dose of entertainment even where the recipe is amiss!... full review