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Chhalaaang Movie Review: Jack of all trades, master of none

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Chhalaang Movie Review: Jack of all trades, master of none

After the success of Hansal Mehta’s Scam 1992, his release of Chhalaaang on Amazon Prime video was one of the most awaited films of 2020. Featuring Rajkummar Rao, Nusrat Barucha, and Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub in the lead alongside Saurabh Shukla and Jatin Sarna, the movie is about a PTI teacher not taking his job seriously to eventually having to fight for his job and respect in the end.

An over-exhausted underdog saga






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Ever since the trailer dropped, fans knew what the movie would be about. A tale of David and Goliath and the eventual victory of underdogs. With Rajkummar Rao as the fun-loving, casual teacher, the onus was on the writers to make a convincing character transformation but rather than using the actual substance, the creators focussed more on comedic timing to hide the fact that there was no story whatsoever. With the arrival of the female lead, our protagonist somehow has a change of heart and with another alpha male threatening his place, the hero goes on an all-out assault but why should we relate to this story is never told to us.

A star-cast with no screen time

The movie features an ensemble of Rao, Nusrat, Ayyub, Saurabh Shukla, Jatin Sharma, Satish Kaushik, Ila Arun yet not a single character is fleshed out. They change their emotions as per the requirement of the scene, changing their character arc every 5 minutes. In the beginning, we are told that Rao’s father is a sarcastic lawyer, in the mid we are told that he is an emotional supportive father who is honest and caring, and then somehow he is street smart and vengeful against his enemies. The same is with the character of Nusrat.






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The message in the second half has nothing to do with the first half

If I am planning to narrate a particular story, I would much prefer to introduce my characters in the beginning rather than using them just as a pawn. For the first half, we are made to believe that this story is all about a teacher and his redemption. The first part post interval is about female and their quest for equality and then somehow the story changes to being about a good parent and how we as a country only worship cricket.

Verdict for Chhalaaang movie

Just like numerous other small-town movies, Chhalaang movie relies too much on the small town dialect, punch lines, and shy introvert macho male characters who are always witty and full of dreams. The movie would have been a much better watch had the creators focussed more on a single topic rather than being a hybrid of Bala/Dream Girl + Dangal.

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