wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
If I tell you that a social message saga about how to handle corrupt bureaucrats was awfully tiresome, your first guess would be that it must've been preachy. Well, Chala Mussaddi - Office Office does not sermonize and yet is a mind-numbing bore.Read more
A film supposedly about the common man represented by Mussaddi did not make me identify with him, even though I've gone through situations as Mussaddi. What could be a bigger failure of the film?
Have there been times when you are watching a film and there is a side-story interesting enough that makes you say, "wow, that can be a film by itself." Looks like, the makers of Chala Mussaddi - Office Office had a similar epiphany when they were watching Lage Raho Munnabhai's pensioner scene. Unfortunately, they have made an awfully pale tale out of it.
A tale that a talent like Pankaj Kapoor couldn't do anything to help. I look forward to Pankaj Kapoor films and somehow even as I watched the trailer of Chala Mussaddi - Office Office, I cringed at the stereotypical babu (bureaucrat) representation.
The irony is that had I heard just the concept, it would have excited me. I don't think there can be enough films made about how deeply engrained corruption is. But we don't really want our films to be an exaggerated and repetitive staging of reality.
The characters are all caricatures and the regular amount of disgust-inducing. While I liked the fact that the same actors appeared in various roles, there was no theme to it and soon that too became boring.
The one good thing about the film is that characters don't suddenly transform. The good-for-nothings and dishonest remain so. No amount of speeches and appeals move the hard-hearted bureaucrats.
It can also be said that the climax is sort-of, kind-of redeeming because of the circular reference it gets into. Also, it takes the action to a high after the recurring theme of Mussaddi going from office to office to get what is rightfully his in the first place. But, then again the answer is too idealistic and simplistic.
Then again, maybe the solution is simple. Maybe our work against corruption starts at home with simple things. Maybe the point is to not let the problem become so big that we have to stage a theatrical climax as our solution. Sorry to digress though, these thoughts of mine are despite this inconsequential film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...The strength of Chala Mussaddi, as in the case of the serial, is that its point is conveyed through humour with scenes and dialogues that are deliberately exaggerated yet not of the slapstick variety.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...As a film its just an extension of the serial but as a moral lesson it should be shown in every Government Office, School, College and Hospital with a compulsory attendance... full review
Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...CHALA MUSSADDI OFFICE OFFICE releases at a time when corruption and bribery are piping hot topics, but the impact it ought to make is missing... full review
Thumbs down, by Charu Mahesh, Buzz in Town : ...The situations look familiar, specially the hospital scene and the main plot of ‘proving Mussaddi alive’ is a repetition of the TV serial. ... full review
Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...Rajiv Mehra should realise that TV and films are two different mediums. Even if he was thinking of transforming a tele-series into a film, he should have taken extra care of the smaller nuisances.... full review
Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Pankaj Kapur is an ace actor and when he did this serial he took black comedy to another level. Out here too he does his part with total conviction. But the half baked role does not support him.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Satire needs sharpness, or it can just end up as a stretched out sit-com : Mussaddi Lal is saying things we all need to hear, but the film manages to make the cut only some of the time. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Deven Bhojani acts very well. Manoj Pahwa shines. Sanjay Mishra is first-rate. Hemant Pandey is efficient. Asawari Joshi leaves a mark. Gaurav Kapur does a fair job.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Gaurav Kapoor as the son is very good. The rest of the cast -- the corrupt gang of Asawari Joshi, Sanjay Mishra, Deven Bhojani, Manoj Pahwa etc. -- perform well.... full review
Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Kapur puts on a master class in acting every time he's on screen in any film and it's the same here, with his helpless and hopefulness in the worst of circumstances coming across in every scene.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...There are a few jokes here and there that too a few giggles but they don't have a lasting effect and the weight of sitting through the entire film comes down heavy on the audience.... full review
Thumbs down, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...Apart from Mussaddi Lal and his son Bunty, the entire cast behaves in an idiotic fashion bordering on lunacy. Mussaddi Lal's interactions with the bureaucracy give an impression of a clown entering a circus ring. ... full review
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Mussaddi Lal (Pankaj Kapoor) stops getting his pension. Chala Mussaddi - Office Office is an attempt to engage us in his fight to start getting his pension again.
Almost everything actually, anyway here's what I remember.