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An attempt at being imaginative at a regular love story gone too long and dry.

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Director: Navneet Behal
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Crime, Romance
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After the lead pair, two crooks, brought in together in a police van for crimes they committed separately, predictably and lamely falls in love, Tamanchey is like any other love story with a couple that faces the wrath of their families for being in love. Only the family is replaced by the lady's boyfriend who happens to be a wrathful and powerful goon himself.

For this group of criminals, you are allowed the liberty of fowl language, also making the film a little different from your regular family drama. But there is just no other element in the film to get you interested, let alone keep you there.

It is kind of nice that a love story was made without any mush but that you don't even sense the chemistry between the couple is a let-down. This is despite lots and lots of screen time with each other and plenty more than one intimate scene between the two.

The writing, in every aspect - dialogue, characterization, story arc - is completely lackluster. And that's where the crux lies. When pretty much the whole plot is predictable you can have only so much interest in how the actual ending goes. When the characters have a flat arch it matters little that they carry a shade of grey. When the focus is making the film overtly typical of how a real life criminal would talk, the superficiality and in-your-face nature of the dialogue shines through more than the lines itself.

There is very little then that Richa Chadda and Nikhil Dwivedi can do with their performances. They have the right expressions but they all seem too mechanical. Either like they are under some kind of stress or like they don't have their heart in it. Just one of those cases where the hard work shows instead of seeming effortless.

Given the "different" setting for the love story Tamanchey could have had a spark that could've made it at least a film watching once, if not a good film. That as you know by now, didn't quite work out.

- meeta, a part of the audience

21 reviewers(?) - 1 yays 4 so-so 16 nays

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Thumbs up, by Subramanian Harikumar, Bollywood Life : ...Tamanchey is an enjoyable affair with crackling chemistry between the leads amidst the bloodshed and bullets, which keeps you entertained till the end.... full review

So-So, by Subhash K. Jha, Apun Ka Choice : ...Tragically, the sharp dialogues are often unsupported by the screenplay that gets borderline implausible towards the end before veering sharply away from disaster with a well-staged climactic shootout.... full review

So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...The film has many loopholes, and some parts are hard to digest. But Tamanchey still qualifies for a one time watch. If you are expecting glamour of Bang Bang or class of Haider, then please plan something else for the week. But if you are a fan of crime capers, which are strange yet entertaining, then book the tickets for Tamanchey... full review

So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...All-in-all, Tamanchey had all the glimmerings of a brilliant film but director Navneet kind of lost the opportunity make a cult film like Gangs Of Wasseypur. However, it’s still a good one time watch just because of the performances…... full review

So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...One star in the rating is reserved solely for the livewire, Richa Chadha. Like in Fukrey, in Tamanchey too, she gets her bindaas, badass girl act pat. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...However as an ending note I would particularly like to ask Richa Chadda, the one question which is probably put to every single artist promoting his or her film in their promotional interviews that “What really made you sign this film and say yes?” And to make it specific, the question here is not being asked in a positive tone at all.... full review

Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ...The film suffers in the editing department (Manish Jaitly) and so does the cinematography (Dani Sanchez Lopez). The film's screenplay (Shailesh Pratap Singh, Bharat Ratan) is very average, while action sequences (Kaushal & Moses) seem very stereotyped and bring nothing new to the table. All in all, TAMANCHEY is an average fare.... full review

Thumbs down, by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle : ...Navneet Behal, the director, in this directionless story, makes a weak attempt to raise uneasy questions about a convict’s dilemma but he only manages to crowd the plot with too many things. Just a little over 100 minutes, Tamanchey feels eternal. And this reviewer cannot get over the Rang De Basanti-esque ending. To blatantly copy the treatment of such a vital scene from a cult film, makes this film, in my opinion, absolutely unforgivable.... full review

Thumbs down, by Inspector VIjay, Desi Martini : ...Under 2 hours but feels like a lifetime...go figure!... full review

Thumbs down, by Harshada Rege, DNA : ...The movie credit include Navneet Behal as the visual director, Deepti Nangia is the song director, while Suryaveer Singh Bullar is the creative director. Just too many cooks here. The music is forgettable and background score's sometimes jarring. After a week that saw the release of Haider and Bang Bang this is very uninspiring fare.... full review

Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...There’s a Punjabi rap number that plays out as an accompaniment to a series of bank heists pulled off by the illicit lovers, quite forgettable I must say. The script of the film doesn’t really know whether to go the double-crossing thriller route or the romantic-thriller route and therefore extends the runtime beyond bearable limits. There was ample scope for humour and thrills but the lack of foresight proves to be a debilitating factor here.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua , fullhyd.com : ...Tamanchey can be easily avoided, unless you love watching movies on the criminal underbelly of Delhi. Again, just to remind you, there is nothing new here, but if you have to go for it, then look out for the strange lovemaking scene in the middle of a bank robbery.... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Watching TAMANCHEY gives you a feeling that the script was written on the sets, just like most of our television serials.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...About in scenes, which will lead the audience to draw a sharp breath and say ‘Oh my god, CLEAVAGE’!!! Richa Chaddha, the girl who gave off such promise in ‘Oye Lucky’, and was so striking in ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ well and truly buried, only able to show us weak glimpses of what she can do? ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Tamanchey is soul-less tirade that is almost impossible to sit through. I am a survivor of the two hours of torture which should have had swagger, it doesn’t, should have had wit but it doesn’t and afterall the film should have had thrill which is absolutely absent from it. So what’s left? Yes, it is pretty much 2 hours of drudgery you should save yourself from. I am going with 1/5.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY : ...the execution (director Navneet Behal) is terribly sketchy and immature. To her credit, Richa Chadda tries making sense of this senseless movie and even manages to look believable at points. Nikhil Dwivedi disappoints as he seems to walk through the role cluelessly, and he urgently needs some voice modulation classes. Damandeep Sidhu as the supposedly vicious but actually moronic villain, is not bad and, in fact, shows promise. ... full review

Thumbs down, MoviezADDA : ...Tamanchey is like any average hate turned love story which fails to keep you hooked on to your seats till the end of the movie. The plot is repetitive, and the dialogues seem forced and it dosen't really give you a run for your money!... full review

Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Nikhil Dwivedi’s wily underdog hero suffers pretty much the same fate. The role simply isn’t written well enough to be a redeeming factor. It is easy to see that theatre actor Damandeep Singh Siddhu is a confident and competent performer. But those two attributes are wasted here. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...As they say, not every film is Gangs Of Wasseypur but this one doesn't make it to a worthy watch list too. A complete waste of time... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The film, directed by Navneet Behal, gives the viewer nothing new. One wonders the purpose of making a crime film (we recently saw Desi Kattey, again titled after guns), that the viewer has seen a hundred times already. Curious, really!... full review

Thumbs down, by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: Tamanchey misfires royally!... full review

15 tweeters(?) - 4 yays 3 so-so 8 nays

teleworldin: Actors @RichaChadda and @Nikhil_Dwivedi take over #Tamanchey. Overall, a good #film to #watch... Thumbs up!!!

SrKKPatel: movie #Tamanchey is so wonderful..... And @RichaChadda is so beautiful and awesome..... Love you Dear...

simplyflybywire: Watched a thrilling and fast paced entertaining FILM 'TAMANCHEY' , superb performances by Nikhil Dwivedi & Richa Chadda Great Music !! Wah

mehrsekhon: OMG! Tamanchey is superb superb superb fun !!!!

kaupar: Watched Tamanchay. Ok movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhqaFSBrQyE&feature=youtu.be

jyadamathans: *Movie Review* Tamanchey and Jigaariya are a one-time watch. 21 topo ki salaami is good and Spark is like... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=728209673933744&id=145678145520236

Barcalbiceleste: Tamanchey is good time-pass tbh.

ZeeSharapova: saw tamanchey.. nalli movie hai

TeenaSingh90: Movie Review: Tamanchey is easily an avoidable film http://celewood.com/2014/10/movie-review-tamanchey-is-easily-an-avoidable-film/#.VDfAg6Bcebc.twitter

skumar182: Walked out of #Tamanchey within half n hr. Wt a waste of time, money and effort.

rony619619: #Tamanchey Nikhil Dwivedi is good n Richa Chaddha Hot. Good cool movie guys. 7.5/10 for me. Refreshing n worth a watch.

indiacd: http://t.co/am8EwmfIkq: Movie review: Tamanchey shoots bullets of boredom http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/IndiaViral/~3/EXhKUXigDys/395171.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=indiacd

curentbollynews: #Tamanchey is dull.Richa Chaddha is great.No sin in avoiding

BollyHollyTelly: Review: Tamanchey is disappointing

apurvnagpal: My reviews of Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami, Annabelle & Tamanchey. Saw them back to back, in order. Day didn't get better http://apurvbollywood.blogspot.in/?m=1

2 readers - 0 yays 1 so-so 1 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by Fan

Want to Watch, by Anirudh

So-So, by Suman

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Anup : Crappppp

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

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of gun and fist fights.
  • Language: Lots of abusive language
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A few of making out scenes
  • Concept: Two crooks fall in love. Except that the lady has a boyfriend who is a bigger crook.
  • General Look and Feel: Nothing extraordinary.

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Tamanchey - Cast, crew, links

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Running time:
120 minutes

Comments (8)

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Hmmmm...hope it will be a one time watch.


Looking at your review and given the cre I wonder Why do people even bother making such films.

But then we are back to the ROI discussions, and the phenomenal ROI that a low budget Yaariyan gave in 2013 explains it all.

@Anirudh Well, maybe not.

@Fan Then let's just avoid that. :D


@Meetu ...Being a marwari how can you avoid ROI :)

@Pragya ha ha ha.. that too a marwadi CA and MBA-Finance and Entreprenuership (not even Sales & Marketing!). I am what they call, will all intentional puns - khota sikka! :D


Direction: 2
Story: 1
Lead Actors: 2.5
Character Artists: 1.5

Dialogues: 1.5
Screenplay: 1.5
Music Director: 0.2
Lyrics: 0.2


Feel like the rating should have been Switch channel if its on cable....Not a single interesting scene , not a single laugh , not a single heart touching scene , not a single good song , infect not a single fine enough gun fight sequence.....Richa Chadda is highly wasted.....This movie should not have been even made.....

@Anup well ...give or take. not an enjoyable film, is the point.

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