Best Netflix Movie Chaman Bahar Reviews [2020]

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Chaman bahar Reviews 2020

 

Chaman Bahar Reviews 2020:-  At one point in Chaman Bahaar, Billu the Paanwala asks a shopkeeper, where greeting cards which say, ‘I love you’ are kept. The man looks surprised like he can’t imagine how this meek wallflower could even think about love. Who could possibly be the recipient of his devotion? Which is also our first impression of Billu. He’s painfully ordinary. But because he’s played with practiced ease by Jitendra Kumar, we immediately care about him. I think of Jitendra as a saltier, more prickly version of Amol Palekar. As a veteran actor, Jitendra is instantly relatable.

We can easily imagine him struggling with his job, relationships, desires. His ability to be one of us makes him endearing. But Jitendra is also a fine performer who can locate that delicate balance, between the comedy and tragedy of his character’s anguish. He’s done this with aplomb in his first filmShubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and more recently in the superb streaming show Panchayat. Even as you sympathize with his character’s predicament, you’re smiling because his seething has this sort of in-built comical streak. In Chaman Bahaar, he once again finds this sweet spot. Sadly, the film doesn’t. Chaman Bahaar has been written and directed by debutant director Apurva Dhar Badgaiyann. The film, made in 2018, was meant to be Jitendra’s feature debut. The story is set in Lormi, a district in Chhattisgarh.

Chaman bahar Reviews 2020

Chaman bahar Reviews 2020
Chaman bahar Reviews 2020

Billu is a man with determination and dreams. He is a disruptor, who breaks the family tradition of working in the forest department and sets up a paan shop called Chaman Bahaar. Sadly, the district limits change and his shop, on the outskirts of Lori, has barely any customers. Until a family moves into the house opposite the street. Their teenage daughter Rinku sets Lormi aflame. Dozens of young men start driving past, only to have a look at Rinku who famously wears half-pants. Billu’s shop starts thriving, but he gets more miserable because he can’t resist Rinku’s charms either. As a character aptly puts it: Shah Rukh ka picturedekh dekh ke chocolatey ho Gaye hai sab. What Apurva gets right are these small-town textures – you know the atmosphere, the language, these conversational styles. Everybody, these young men keep calling each other Daddy. The biggest daddies here are the youth politician Shila, who chews paan and swaggers even while spitting. And Ashu, the local rich kid. The District Forest Officer’s son also comes by –his father’s position gives him the clout to try for Rinku.

Chaman bahar Reviews 2020 

The other boys understand that they have no chance, so they start to place bets, on who among these will get the girl. And the circus is orchestrated by Somu and Chotu, a jugaadu twosome, who effectively function as Lori’s Narad Munnis, prodding the action, hustling and doing idhar ki Baat udhar. These characters and their interactions are the most vibrant part of the film. The display of outsized egos and low IQs is amusing. Apurva also constructs some lovely grace notes – like Billu asking for a shave with Gillette, once he’s fallen in love with Rinku and this lovely moment in the climax which, post-climax actually, which brings him some solace. But Apurva isn’t able to build on the promise of his premise. He doesn’t spend enough time, fleshing out these characters or the story-line. The plot is too thin and beyond the first hour, the antics of these hordes of men in pursuit of a young girl start to wear thin. The situation is also inherently uncomfortable. In one scene, Shila and his gang in a jeep are chasing Rinku who is on a scooter. He tells the driver to drive faster, so she is at least aware that she is being chased. Honestly, I couldn’t find the humor in this. Her school teacher also has a crush on her, which is just flat out creepy. Rinku, played by Ritika Badiani, isn’t so much a character as an idea. She barely speaks in the film and we know little about her, apart from the fact that she loves her dog, who she walks outside their home.

When she does this, time stands still for Billu. But neither he nor any of the other boys know her and neither do we. She symbolizes modernity, romance, and all that is sparkling in this dusty, testosterone-filled landscape. The film also keeps shifting tonally, from comic vein to serious and later, satirical. The background score keeps prodding us to laugh – when a tough cop enters the story, we get Sholay-like sound effects. Which I think is supposed to be funny. But we go from this to full-blown emotional drama, which feels out of place. The subtitles are also a little distracting –does Lafandar really translate into ‘town bitch’? I don’t know, but it’s such a great word, that I think we should all just add it to our vocabulary. You can see Chaman Bahaar Movie on Netflix.

 

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