Chor Chor Super Chor is highly repetitive and unevenly funny. Given some polishing and sharp editing, the film had potential for a laugh riot.
| Mansha Rastogi
An official selection in the prestigious Stuttgart Film Festival, Chor Chor Super Chor has a very unique thing going on for it. Not many would know that over 25 FTII graduates came together to make Chor Chor Super Chor, a film that has Deepak Dobriyal in the lead. Placed in the comedy genre, the film promises to be a rib-tickler. We tell you whether it is as rare a film as the news behind its making.
The film is about Shuklaji (Avtar Sahni), who runs a small photo studio as a facade for small time crime. Over the years he has groomed a bunch of youngsters in the art of pick pocketing and petty crime. Satbir (Deepak Dobriyal), a gang member, wants to give up the life of vice and make a fresh beginning. He meets Neena (Priya Bhatija) and instantly falls in love with her. However, Neena has her own devious plans up her sleeves and conviniently uses them against Satbir. Now, Satbir has only seven days before the tape is broadcast on national news. How he saves his former accomplices from being exposed is what follows through the rest of the plot.
Once again comes a film that thrives on the milieu of Delhi and boasts of Jat lingo coupled with a story of robbery, betrayal, deception all of which gets conveyed through humour. However, quite like the hackeneyed setting and story idea, the film too is trite and over-cooked.
It would be wrong to say that Chor Chor Super Chor isn't funny at all. The film has its moments that leave you in splits and pretty much all of them can be owed to Deepak Dobriyal who undoubtedly is a brilliant actor. However, it's the repetitive nature of the gags and sequences that starts boring you. Moreover, one can clearly make out that many scenes are inspired from comedy films that have tackled with similar situations and plot.
Although Chor Chor Super Chor doesn't offer a riotous fare but it definitely has performances that deserve a mention. Deepak Dobriyal ever since Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara has established himself as an actor to reckon with. It's his effortless performance and straight-faced humour that makes one sit through this jaded affair. Anshul Kataria too surprisingly matches up to Dobriyal's performance. Priya Bhatija who debuts on big screen with this film courtesy her small screen experience gives a decent performance too.
Over all, Chor Chor Super Chor is highly repetitive and unevenly funny. Given some polishing and sharp editing, the film had potential for a laugh riot.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
2 out of 5 (Okay)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good