Chalk N Duster - External Reviews

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wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

A movie about teachers gets predictably preachy. No surprises there. It fails to teach in an interesting way despite being in the capable hands of Shabana Azmi, Juhi Chawla and Divya Dutta.



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18 reviewers have given Chalk N Duster an average rating of 2.4/5.0 (?)

4 yays
5 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...It is a mark of Bollywood’s extreme gender bias that the likes of Shabana and Juhi must, more often than not, compromise on quality if they wish to play heroines. These remarkable women deserve better than this clumsy, even if well-meaning, film. So does the teaching profession. ... full review

So-So by Tania Rana, BookmyShow ...Chalk N Duster picks a topic rarely explored by the film industry and shows the Indian education system in its current form. Watch it to get on a nostalgia trip remembering your teachers as well be presented with the reality of the education system today. ... full review

So-So by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...A little more finesse could have helped Chalk n Duster emerge a topper in the genre. With a subject like this, telling the story well was as important as telling it at all. Unfortunately, for now it better hide its report card. ... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...Verdict - A movie with a solid heart. May be amateurish and maudlin in parts but deserves a watch for what it conveys. ... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Verdict - If only meaning well was enough to make a film good ... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost ...The very fact that we have a decent, heartwarming story with three women, who are neither glamorous or young — playing central characters — is reason enough to applaud Chalk n Duster. More power to middle aged heroines who deserve as much screen space as the 50-year-olds Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan. ... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Written by Ranjeev and Neetu Verma, ‘Chalk N Duster’ focuses on painting a likeable picture about teachers, their tough job requirements and their ability to instill heavy doses of knowledge in their wards. And the bad guys are villains of the piece. There’s not much reason for their contrariness and their humaneness is totally wiped clean. ... full review

So-So by Martin D'Souza, ...Go watch CHALK N DUSTER. Like I said, inspite of its obvious flaws, it's still worth a watch. The quiz round towards the end is quite entertaining with his suspense. The scenes where Vidya teaches with care and concern in school and her neighbourhood are enlightening. Juhi Chawla as her solid friend is endearing. And although the scenes where the ex-students and students in general come to the help of Vidya when she is in hospital appear over-the-top, it still manages to strike a chord in you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Chalk N Duster is a film worth your time. It’s fast, dramatic and meaningful. Simply put, a good watch. ... full review

Thumbs down by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...By this point Chalk & Duster, its noble intentions notwithstanding, has turned into a real slog. I was ready to sprint for the exit just so I didn’t have to endure another minute of this sloppy, misguided movie. Shabana Azmi and Juhi Chawla’s charming presence and sincere performances aside, this could well turn out to be one of the year’s most forgettable films. ... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Watch or Not?: Unfortunately, the film loses its focus from the main plot which is the plight of underpaid teachers with no job security and hence it offers nothing to make up for a theater watch. ... full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...However, one must make a mention of a few and far in between credible scenes, including the ones between Shabana Azmi and Girish Karnad. These two great actors show us how their talent can rise above the silliest of films. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Chalk N Duster is the unkindest cut. If you have any respect for your teachers - past present or future - give this film a miss. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Still, if any of this helps the cause of teachers, good for Team Chalk N Duster. Where movie making is concerned, Gilatar needs to start on a clean slate. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Director Jayant Gilatar makes a pertinent film with some crackerjack performances by the lead cast. The story and its message is a winner, but the film is technically inept, complete with the limitations of dubbed sound and abrupt cuts. ... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, Star Blockbuster ...On an overall basis, ‘Chalk N Duster’ is a decent film narrating a soulful lesson. Despite of its tacky presentation and outdated looks, the movie will be still cherished by the feel good type of simple film lovers as it has a strong undercurrent along with few great actors and proper soul attached to it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shaheen Raaj, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: The film will pick up in the multiplexes as well as the single theatre's mainly by word of mouth publicity. - See more at: full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...Shabana and Juhi are irritatingly saccharine initially; but get firmly in the saddle soon. They're from the dependable lot of actresses after all. ... full review