Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga Hindi Movie

Feature Film | 2023 | Action, Drama, Thriller
Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga is a slick and entertaining film that works despite its flaws. The action shifts between the past and present while revealing new, interesting facets of the protagonists. It is like fast-forwarding a Sriram Raghavan film.
Mar 26, 2023 By Sreejith Mullappilly

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To say "Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga" is a slick film would be an understatement. There is a lot happening in the 100-odd minutes of director Ajay Singh's film. For the good part, Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga plays out as a casual romantic comedy. Neha Grover (Yami Gautam) falls in love with Ankit Sethi (Sunny Kaushal), and the couple plans to get married. But their plan faces a major stumbling block as a gang surfaces, threatening to kill Ankit if he fails to pay back the money he owes them. Soon, the action shifts to a flight with a diamond suitcase and a trio of hijackers.

Ajay Singh uses a narrative full of back-and-forth storytelling, which results in a 100-odd-minute runtime. The action constantly shifts between the past and present while revealing new, interesting facets of the protagonists. It is like watching a Sriram Raghavan film in fast-forward mode. The plot of the film never seems too convoluted, though. The constant back and forth between the hijackers and in-flight passengers becomes more interesting than in a usual hostage drama thanks to the plot revelations here. What also makes it interesting is that the movie lets us know that the whole plot is not going to unravel itself on the flight.

Some smart writing aside, there are scenarios in Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga that invite some logical issues. For instance, the lenient approach of a RAW officer, played by Sharad Kelkar, towards the prospective perpetrators is a bit problematic. The same goes true for a sequence where a character tries to steal a diamond-studded mobile phone on the hijacked flight. There is a logical explanation for the simplicity of the act, but it lacks the finesse of a taut thriller. A post-credit scene makes little sense, unless the makers are teasing the prospect of a sequel here.

Despite these flaws, Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga works because it has terrific plot twists and a spin on the damsel-in-distress narrative that add up to an entertaining viewing experience. The performances and Ketan Sodha's background music also make you want to go along for the ride. Sunny Kaushal is equal parts vulnerable and confident as Ankit, a charming man with a lot of intrigue. Yami Gautam makes you care for her character even as a maze of plot machinations threatens to detail the film. Together, Sunny and Yami are a joy to watch.

Sreejith Mullappilly