Chaar Din ki Chandni

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quick review:

Calling itself Chaar Din Ki Chandni (roughly translating to the English phrase 9 days' wonder) is pretty presumptuous because it implies that it did have something that lasted 4 days or 9 depending on which phrase you prefer. Chaar Din Ki Chandni is a lot of ado about nothing at all. And it doesn't intend to be anything more than nothing either.

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Director: Samir Karnik
Running time: 135 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Romance
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Chaar Din Ki Chandni is one of the films that make you wonder 'Why did they bother?' or at least 'Why did you bother watching it?' Exasperating and as repeatedly pointed out by Anupam Kher's character - loud and garish - Chaar Din Ki Chandni gets on your nerves almost from the moment the director introduces himself as the narrator, that is scene 1.

And loud and garish pretty much describes each character and the over-the-top performance each actor uses to demonstrate the particular idiosyncrasy assigned to their character. From Anupam Kher, Om Puri, and Farida Jalal to Sushant Singh, Chandrachur Singh, Mukul Dev and Rahul Singh.

The few exceptions are Anita Raj, Tusshar Kapoor, Kulraj Randhwa and surprisingly Johnny Lever. That doesn't mean Johnny Lever isn't loud, it just means his earsplitting voice is at least justifiable considering what his character has faced. Similarly, Tusshar Kapoor's non-loudness is only relative. And he is mildly amusing when he dons the avatar of a sardar.

That just leaves Anita Raj and Kulraj Randhwa who are the only respite from this otherwise insufferable thing masquerading around as a film.

The story is the ages-old one about family not approving of a partner that their son has fallen in love with. The sub-plots are contrived and stretched beyond tolerable; and kills the joke in the couple of times there could've been a decent one. Mistaken identities, blatant cover-ups, and a hundred white lies later the plot is so convoluted that you are left with no emotion to attach to the characters or the plot. What with every man in the disapproving family falling for the disapproved woman - head over heels and vulgar in turns - à la but nothing like Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Naram Garam. She of course, is brilliant at exactly the same thing that each of the four men are interested in - guns, alcohol, whatever say you. The exuberant, all-knowing woman that she is.

I wonder if the latest courses in story-writing and acting have a separate chapter on the ever-spirited, boisterous yet cultured charmer of a woman that our films invariably have these days.

Whether or not they have that, they surely don't have a chapter on thinking long and hard about the name you give your film. The Hindi phrase Chaar Din Ki Chandni is the first part of Chaar Din Ki Chandni, phir andheri raat which translates to 'Four days' of good times (moonlit nights), and then ensues darkness'; very much like the phrase '9 days' wonder'. The lead character is called Chandni, certainly they didn't mean what the title implies for their lead character. Or is this one of those clear cases of viewer spending more time reading into the script than the makers spent on reading it?

- meeta, a part of the audience

25 reviewers(?) - 4 yays 4 so-so 17 nays

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Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...uninhibited and naughty, CHAAR DIN KI CHANDNI is an enjoyable madcap comic caper with adequate frenzied moments to keep you in your seats... full review

Thumbs up, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Char din ki chandni is that sort of movie, with the feel of a well enacted school play that had funds for sets and costumes. The story is simple and told at a clipping pace.... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, : ...‘CDKC’ has a good script that as a senior critic was overhead saying rivals P G Wodehouse.... full review

Thumbs up, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Its script crosses swords with British writer P G Wodehouse's zany plots (castle full of imposters, suspicious uncles, a mosquito-bitten Johnny Lever) while paying hurried homage to masala-mixed Bollywood, leaving little time to worry about subtlety or depth... full review

So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Samir Karnik pulls no punches in making stabs at the slapstick. ... full review

So-So, by Martin D'Souza, : ...Mukul Dev, Chandrachur Singh and Sushant Singh as Tusshar's brothers offer good support, while Om Puri is getting louder by the day, a bit like Saaed Jaffery. ... full review

So-So, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...he laughs induced are more due to the energy of actors than the film's sense of humour. Also the Tom and Jerry kinda action finale was pretty-much avoidable.... full review

So-So, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Business rating: 2.5/5... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...Now for the hero’s role since it would have been suicidal to cast (Sameer’s favourite) Bobby Deol once again for the same script, therefore Tushar Kapoor is called in to show his comedy skills, which he does quite well.... full review

Thumbs down, by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice : ...Exasperating to the point of making one nauseous, Chaar din ki Chandni swings between being mediocre for most parts while forcing cheap innuendos in most others in the pretext of comedy.... full review

Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...It runs short on originality, both in terms of substance and style.... full review

Thumbs down, by Kshitij, Desi Martini : ...There are definitely mindless films that work, but for that you either need the star power like a Salman Khan or the comic cast chemistry of a Golmaal series. When you dont have either, you fall flat as riding on the back of Tusshar becomes an ominous task.... full review

Thumbs down, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...Karnik shamelessly employs clichés, shakes them all up and serves Char Din Ki Chandni as an insipid drama, a rubber band story idea, so stretched it’s wretched.... full review

Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...miserably because the writing in the film is not as sharp, the actors not as charismatic and the stock elements not as entertaining.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, : ...Regression is not dead, yet, as Chaar Din Ki Chandni proves, with unfailing silliness and an unfunny plot.... full review

Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, : ...It was good to see Anita Raj back on screen... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Dumb, offensive, and unfunny in equal measure, 'Chaar Din Ki Chandni' has no merits whatsoever, including its singularly unappealing cast, some of whom (Anita Raaj, Chandrachur Singh, Mukul Dev) seem to have been pulled out of cold-storage to make fools of themselves here... full review

Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...nsipid writing, flat and over-stretched jokes, hyper-energetic performances that miss timing repeatedly and a plot that drones along on the strength of its feeble jokes... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...The worst sin of this enterprise is to give us its remixed version of Chandni... full review

Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, indiatimes : ...Characters, all 27-28 of them, are either screaming, guffawing, burping or performing one or the other bodily functions that we are squeamish about when not watching a boorish comedy.... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...It's impossible to pin down where Samir Karnik's film goes wrong, simply because it doesn't go right at a single spot ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now : ...The most vital thing missing in this comedy is comedy. There's hardly any laughable moment or gags that have you in splits. Moreover... full review

Thumbs down, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...This is a film which was intended to be a farce aiming for moments which have the audience in splits or at the least breaking into a smile. The sound engineer has given us very convenient pauses for the same. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The original Chandni soundtrack (filmed on Sridevi) is repeated for instant reference. In a sort of tribute, several scenes from the film have also been replicated. Purists will tend to dislike the reworked Chandni song. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...The radiance of the leading woman Kulraj Randhawa and the commitment of actors of the calibre of Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Farida Jalal and Johnny Lever to give this mess of a film their best shot.... full review

60 tweeters(?) - 13 yays 10 so-so 37 nays

thecameronquinn: Saw another masala Bollywood flick: Chaar Din Ki Chandni. So colorful!

satyajeet_123: Saw "Char din ki chandni yest" request to #tusharKapoor...Bhai thodi acting bhi kar lete...baakiyon ne mast kaam kiya hai...nice movie

satishkaushik2: Tusshar is brilliant in Char Din Ki Chandni..Pappi Sardar rocks..Om Puri and Anupam create a laugh riot..enjoyable film..Congrats Samir

sancheet: Chaar din ki Chaandni was a great movie to spend ur Saturday evening..

pr4ful: saw Char Din Ki Chandni . Nice Rom-Com . Liked it .

JainYahi: "chaar din ki chandni" - super movie... brilliant performances! excellent direction!

hug_ramesh: Chaar Din Ki Chandni wow what superb movie... Once Tushar kapoor will be a super star of bollywood. I like his acting in this movie.Go ahead

girishjohar: Guys - go watch CHAAR DIN KI CHANDNI and have a blast !!! Very entertaining film :-))

ElectrifyingWWE: Watched out 'chaar din ki chandni'! Its a pretty good movie!

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Bollywoodoholic: Char din ki chandni is a good entertainin movie...not a great movie..but definitely entertaining

BalwinderRajput: char din ki chandni osm movie frndsss mja aa gya aj tan

___S_A___: 4 din ki chandni,nice movie was bit of fun.......must watch movie........I liked it

xusie_movie: Review: ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’ is a lukewarm comedy! – Zee News

vishal_007G: Here are the verdicts for this week's releases! Kahaani - Go for it! Chaar Din Ki Chandni - It's ok! The Vow -...

Talaash2012: Chaar Din Ki Chandni movie review: CHAAR DIN KI CHANDNI is not all that bad. It's a good family entertainer if y...

ShwetaRohira: Watched 4 din ki chandni okay okay #Bollywood masala movie but yet I say Vidya balan movie was what a kahaani

MoviesDM: #ChaarDinKiChandni Review: "Light hearted movie with no intellectual pretensions. Enjoyable watch!" Rating: 3.0*/5

jimit3012: Chaar din ki chaandni : 1st half pathetic 2nd half fucking hilarious....

filmigeeks: Chaar Din Ki Chandni ★★★

ChinmayiBali: SO much could've been done with Chaar Din Ki Chandni but it's just a one time watch :(

AnupamPratap: John Carter 2.5/5.0 Char Din Ki Chandni 2.5/5.0 Paan Singh Tomar 4.0/5.0 London Paris Newyork 2.0/5.0

Aman_kumar7: Enjoyed the pace & grip of 'Kahaani'. Outstanding act by Vidya. 4 stars. 'Char Din Ki Chandni' was ok. Falls apart a bit. 'The Vow' decent

UntamedBachelor: Char din ki chandni was such a bad movie that I took a ciggi after some 2 years :p

tanqeed: #CDKC Member's Review: Sanket: "Chaar Din Ki Chandni" is watch-and-forget kind of film.

swarnjit_kumar: char din ki chandni, A bulsit.

sundeepmalani: Chaar Din Ki Chandni is an insult in the name of tribute to the foursome: Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Yash Chopra and...

SirCasstic: “@MaaNey: Movies like Jodi breakers and Char din ki Chandni should be slapped and then punched in the nuts!! Lanat.” @bipsluvurself ...oops!

sheulibose: Chaar Din Ki Chandni SUPER DUPER FLOP @TusshKapoor

Sethumadhavan: Ok just back from Chaar Din Ki Chandni- this tweet is tell u all that I've managed to survive it.

Saumil_J: Kahaani - awessom movie. Must Watch. Char din ki chandni - worst ever. yeah i have watched both of them.

satchurated: If movies could kill, this one would cause genocide - Chaar Din Ki Chandni {} *Viewer discretion advised*

sapanv: If Tusshar Kapoor's Chaar Din Ki Chandni lasts for anything more than four days, Paan Singh Tomar must come back to life and take revenge.

RjDhvanit: Kahaani 4.25 mirchis Chaar Din Ki Chandni 2 mirchis

rajivvijayakar: In 3 days, 2 losses - Ravi & Joy Mukerji, National awards for Vidya & Chillar Party, & a deadly (Kahaani) & boring film (4 Din Ki Chandni).

R0yal_Bengali: Disaster...@madhuchhanda11: The current TOI film critics are more generous than Nikhat Kazmi ... Gave 3 stars to Chaar din ki Chaandni.

Navjotalive: This Chaar Din Ki Chaandni is the Hum Tum Shabana of 2012. #Facepalm

mytakeonflicks: Thanks to movies like Jodi Breakers and Char Din ki Chandni, we gave Paan Singh Tomar and Kahaani their due credit.

Muvi: Chaar Din Ki Chandni Muvimeter 28% - Bakwaas -

magicianmanu: 2/5 RATINGS Char Din Ki Chandni - Movie Review Thursday, March 8, 2012, 17:09 [IST]A A A NewsletterIts Free! Get...

madhuchhanda11: Chaar Din Ki Chandni ideally would have difficulty in running for Chaar din together #TussharKapoor

khaskhabar: चार दिन की चांदनी : पिटी कहानी में हास्य का बेस्वादी तडका: गत वर्ष की पहली सुपर हिट फिल्म देने वाले निर्देशक समी...

jakehead_blog: Chaar Din Ki Chandni: Be forewarned: Don’t look for logic here! Escapist cinema or films that suspend logic, bu...

Hob_Nob_: Chaar Din Ki chandni: name of the movie itself explains its fate. Do I have to say anything more?

FridayBO: Reviews Mar 10th, 2012 : *KuluManali- 2/5, *MrNookayya- 3/5, *Kahaani- 4/5, *Chaar Din Ki Chandni- 2/5, *Naanga- 2.25/5 . #FridayBO

filmaxreader: Chaar Din Ki Chandni is Below Average.

editorbharathi: Tho Chaar Din Ki Chandni is Samir Karnik's 5th film,he hs made a humourless spoof wd no stry at all. @imsamirkarnik

Dscorpian: I rated Chaar Din Ki Chandni 1/10 #IMDb

debontika25: Chaar Din Ki Chandni...LOOOOOOL mothafuckin piece of shit some fuck all movie my dayzz

comedy_: Chaar Din Ki Chandni: An utterly scrambled comedy: Don't ask who's who,what's what, and why things happen here. ...

boxofficecapsul: Review of CHAAR DIN KI on...a sheer waste of time!!!

BollywoodDhamal: Chaar Din Ki Chandni: 0.5/5 Karnik’s (Non) Comic Collapse

BolegaGossips: Kahaani rules high while Chaar Din Ki Chandni fails badly!

biggbull8: Nothing Impressive About Movie "Chaar Din Ki Chandni" Except "Kulraj Randhawa"....

amarshukla: 4 Din ki chaandni movie me storywriter ka kharcha bacha liya gaya hai. Story li hi nahi gayi :D #WasteMovie

aditya_grover: (It's my opinion. . .) CHAAR DIN KI CHANDNI (1/5)

AditiMehta_: Lakh Lanat. RT @MaaNey: Movies like Jodi breakers and Char din ki Chandni should be slapped and then punched in the nuts!! Lanat.

aboutbengaluru: Review: Char Din Ki Chandni lacks the LOL moment Bringing Om Puri Anupam Kher Johnny Lever, Farida Jalal...

aadrika_agarwal: Kahaani is a must watch while Chaar Din Ki Chandni can be given a miss! -

_sameershah: Criminal waste of time&money-accompanied a frnd for 4 Din Ki Chandni. Absolute CRAP. Tushar-#epicfail. Don't watch even if u get free tkts!

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A group of four beating up one person and a couple of slaps.
  • Language: Lots of innuendoes
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Implied vulgarity
  • Concept: A couple lying their way through to convince one's father that they should get married.
  • General Look and Feel: Loud and garish

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Running time:
135 minutes

Comments (8)

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@Anuj I usually try to keep my spirits high with the review when I've watched an exceptionally bad film which Chaar Din Ki Chandni is. But, I usually try to be very serious in the 'Parental Guidance' section because parenting is a tough one - very difficult to say what might be ok with one parent and not the other. So from memory I try to be as complete at possible. Inadvertently as it may be, I'm glad it brought a smile.

@Anuj I wouldn't take my kids to either of them. Both had brutal, inhuman violence!

@Anuj They are 10 and 8. :D The censor boards inconsistencies are beyond comprehension. :(

@Anuj Barring the innuendos and sexual references, I think Ra.One was alright. Certainly not as bad as (or like you say worse than) some of the CN/Pogo stuff I've seen. :)

@Anuj I remember watching this horrible cartoon show based on what looked like stories from Panchatantra with horrible 'moral stories', dialogue, dialogue delivery. Only cute thing was that each story was in a different Indian accent. :D Have you watched shin-chan and the likes?

We watched Anand with the kids recently and our next project is Sholay. Really curious how they'll react to Sholay. 'Mr. India' is a good suggestion.

They do show T&J and stuff like that too, but there is a lot of other tripe. There are some new good shows too.

Sholay, with parental guidance should be ok. They have seen voldemort, so gabbar should be manageable. Let's see how it goes. :D

I tried showing them E.T. a couple of years ago, they didn't take to it, it scared them somehow. You just gave me an idea, show them JADOO and then take them to E.T.! tada!!

Have read "The Blue Umbrella" to them. I've to watch "Makdee" myself!

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