Main Aur Charles - Review

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

Lots of style. Not substance-less but you can tell that wasn't the focus.

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Main Aur Charles is stylish. Charles is suave. He is also supposedly a charming seducer – so you are told, not shown. The film builds an air about the character Charles Sobhraj (Randeep Hooda), but leaves it at that and doesn't get into the details. His overwhelming effect is shown, but the cause is to be assumed.

For example, a criminal psychologist interviews Charles Sobhraj and she comes out rather impressed. How did he do it? Well, this movie won't tell you. The only vague attempt is made through Meera (Richa Chadda) when she talks about how she feels about him. However, she backs out and steps in too haphazardly to make sense.

The performances though are the kind that keep you with the film. You want to smack the smirk off Randeep Hooda's face and that is his achievement. However, Richa Chadda isn't too convincing as Charles' dreamy-eyed lover. Adil Hussain though brings balance to the lop-sided view of Charles Sobhraj. He firmly represents a voice from the audience that says, “why is this murderer being romanticized?”

The entire film is made to give that aura to the character, begging you to be seduced by him, by overcome by his slithery charm. The sepia tone, the accent, the Bond/Don-esque theme music all work towards that. There were a few distractions in terms of authenticity of the era – for example, a scene from the 80s is interspersed with a shot of a newspaper dated 1965. The clothes in Goa, especially those being sold by street vendors, looked very similar to the ones I saw in my recent trip to Goa. But hey, for all I know, fashion might have has done a full circle.

All of which would have been totally ignored, were I engrossed in the story being told. They are stylish snippets that have little detail in the telling. Yet again, we have a film based on a real life personality that doesn't tell us much more about the personality than what we new from newspapers or a quick Internet search.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of talk about murder
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Talk of Charles Sobhraj being a seducer and scenes with women stripping for him.
  • Concept: The life of Charles Sobhraj
  • General Look and Feel: Old world charm from the 80s.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 3.5
  • Story: 2.5
  • Lead Actors: 3.5
  • Character Artists: 3.5
  • Dialogues: 3
  • Screenplay: 2.5
  • Music Director:
  • Lyrics:

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Comments (5)

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Swapnil:

I'm little surprised to see no mention of the soundtrack in the preview. I felt it was 'different' and interesting. Particularly 'neeli bullet' and 'main yehin hoon'.

meeta:

I rarely listen to the music before the release of the film. I prefer to experience it with the film. There was only one music review available when I wrote the preview :)

richa:

So it can be a good one time watch!

meeta:

@richa Yeah, I guess you could say a "one time watch".

Mohit Chauhan:

The movie is not as good as part 1. The dance lover are going to love this dance sequence but unfortunately it lacks drama and story.

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