Release Date: 13th November, 2020
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Writer/Director: Hansal Mehta
Producer/s: Ajay Devgn, Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg
Chhalaang Box Office Review: Star Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Saurabh Shukla, Ila Arun, Satish Kaushik, Jatin Sarna
Director: Hansal Mehta
Producers: Luv Ranjan, Ajay Devgn, Ankur Garg, Bhushan Kumar
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video
Note: After a long time even though theatres have re-opened in India, no film has released at the Box Office yet. So in this time period, our Box Office Review will take into consideration lesser factors then we take in normal conditions.
Our Box Office Review in the current situation doesn’t promise the accuracy it does in normal circumstances because we have no clue about the release size Chhalaang would’ve got if it had hit the cinemas on November 13.
A film’s Box Office fate also depends on the real performance of films releasing before and after it. In the ongoing situation, we can’t take into consideration that factor too and that’s why in the Box Office Review of Chhalaang we will roughly predict its BO prospects and how much theatrical revenue the film may have lost because of not being able to hit the big screens.
Chhalaang Box Office Review: Expectations
Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao have together given films like Shahid, CityLights, Aligarh and Omerta. While all of these films were received very well by critics and sophisticated audience, none of them proved to be a box office success. In fact, all the films mentioned above had a disastrous fate at the box office.
However this time, the director and actor duo have collaborated for a film which targets a far larger section of the audience than before. The trailer of the film has got thumbs up from the audience but the lack of any major name at the box office decreases its appeal. Not that the star cast isn’t good. It’s great as far as acting skills are concerned but they don’t have enough crowd-pulling power.
Hence Chhalaang isn’t an awaited box office film of the year and is expected to reach the audience with positive word of mouth.
Chhalaang Box Office Review: Impact
Chhalaang is truly one of the best Bollywood films which have released so far (including theatrical and OTT releases). An entertaining film which inspires is pretty rare and this Hansal Mehta directorial fills the void to some extent.
The story of the film isn’t entirely new but it still manages to make you happy and more than that it inspires you. The underdog drama has the right amount of emotions, romance, motivation and comedy. The Rajkummar Rao & Hansal Mehta duo has hit the shot right this time because the film turns out to be an impressive one. Despite a little inconsistent screenplay, it’s mostly entertaining. And above all, it’s topped with some brilliant performances.
Rajkummar Rao as we know is a beautiful actor and as he gets accompanied by Saurabh Shukla they take you on a stunning ride. A lot of times you will find yourself laughing your guts out, thanks to this duo. Satish Kaushik gets a genuinely entertaining character after a long time. Yes, that’s true! If you have been his fan, Chhalaang is for you. Then comes Nushrat Bharucha who looks gorgeous and plays an equally amazing character. The actress who has hardly played any strong character in the past takes the “Chhalaang” she deserved. And she gives a good performance as well. Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub also lends strong support. Special marks to the perfect Haryanvi accent of Baljinder Kaur who plays Rajkummar Rao’s mother.
Overall Chhalaang makes an impact and turns out to be a joyful affair. The film moves you, gives you strength and makes you laugh with a fantastic comedy.
Chhalaang Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Chhalaang could’ve been a huge jump at the box office for the Rajkummar Rao & Hansal Mehta duo. If released in cinemas, the film could’ve done a business somewhere in 15-20 crores business. Now that’s not a good business but we are just talking about a “leap” here.
Chhalaang Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Saurabh Shukla, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Ila Arun, Satish Kaushik, Jatin Sarna
Director: Hansal Mehta
What’s Good: It’s a mood-lifter for sure! Rajkummar & Saurabh Shukla’s duo does wonders to the film
What’s Bad: It doesn’t take much time to take itself too seriously & that hampers the fun element in the script
Loo Break: The sports marches didn’t at all excite me for its predictable nature, you can give it a skip!
Watch or Not?: Don’t plan to watch it, watch it when you don’t have any plans!
The story is about THE man in Montu (Rajkummar Rao) falling in love with a woman in Neelu (Nushrratt Bharuccha). Both teach for the same school with Neelu being the Computer teacher & Montu being a useless Physical Training Instructor (PTI). Using the Government’s scheme of making sports a compulsory subject, the school decides to hire a more professional PTI.
Enters IM Singh (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) & yes there’s a reason behind that name because writers wanted to include a very very predictable joke on that name. Singh becomes a threat to Montu’s professional and love life. This leads him to do what most men would – challenge your opposition in a mini-Olympics session putting your job at stake. This makes sure matter who wins, male ego won’t & I guess that should be the underlining part of this story.
Chhalaang Movie Review : Script Analysis
Imagine characters from Luv Ranjan’s film minus all the glittery glam, and they all somehow decide to stay in Hansal Mehta’s film, that’s what Chhalaang is in a nutshell. The film gets its Haryanvi flavour & commercial elements from Luv’s co-writers Aseem Arrora and Zeishan Quadri. All in all, this is an experimental dish marinated with ingredients which you’ve never mixed together before. Not a spoiler Alert: It tastes good!
Luv’s writing is the salient hero of this package, but it’s pulled back occasionally due to some restrictions set by the script. This could’ve been a mad & crazy sports drama throughout, but after a point of time, the film starts taking itself too seriously. There are multiple hilarious sequences, but one will crave for more. Eeshit Narain’s camera-work is subtle throughout minus the sports portions. He fails to build the adrenaline rush keeping it way too simple during the gaming sequences. Akiv Ali & Chetan Solanki’s editing takes too much of inconsistent gaps in between important sequences, and that hampers the intrigue.
Chhalaang Movie Review : Star Performance
From playing a hopeless romantic in ludo to playing a romantic with some hope and a whole lot of ago, Rajkummar Rao nails it both. Banking on his ever-so-innocent smile, Raj infuses life into the character of Montu which could’ve gone the boring way without him. Raj’s dynamic with Saurabh Shukla proves to be one of the high points of the film. Sharing some smartly penned dialogues, the camaraderie between them helps at times when the script starts to stumble.
A refreshing Nushrratt Bharuccha stays a Luv Ranjan heroine but with some noticeable changes. She feels confident playing Neelu and that’s visible in her performance. An actor of Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub stature always brings in hopes with himself. The hope of ‘he would be the extraordinary this film needs’, but unfortunately that’s not the case here. He’s good but is shadowed to showcase Raj’s heroics as the lead.
Ila Arun, as the principal, owns a sweet little space in the film. It’s always a delight to watch her perform. Satish Kaushik and Jatin Sarna – The two wasted aces of the film. Satish gets the emotional connection with Raj’s character, but it’s half-baked and comes across as forced at times. But, you feel bad for Jatin. The scope of his character is very limited, and there’s no chance he could’ve done anything to better that.