Hello Charlie Movie Review: This gorilla comedy from Jackie Shroff, Aadar Jain, is made for monkeys!
All-Star Cast: The Face of Jackie Shroff, Aadar Jain, Shlokka Pandit, Elnaaz Norouzi, Rajpal Yadav, Bharat Ganeshpure, Girish Kulkarni
Director: Pankaj Saraswat
What’s good: out of too many scattered auctions, few work
What’s Wrong: It mocks you by setting this larger-than-life premise, creating hopes of having this blatantly hilarious comedy routine, but exposes your empty plot ruined by lazy writing.
Loo Break – If you took a break, you won’t resume it!
To look or not ?: If you have 100 minutes to kill, go for it!
A good-for-nothing Chirag Rastogi (Aadar Jain), coldly known as Charlie, is staying with his uncle (Darshan Jariwala), who loves his truck as much as Boman’s pappppa loved his car in Dhamaal. In parallel, we have Dr. Makwana (Jackie Shroff), the eccentric fugitive con man from the country, and we all know who this character is based on in a matter of minutes that he introduces him.
His “dear” Mona (Elnaaz Norouzi) plans to disguise Makwana as a gorilla and bring him to Diu from Mumbai to secretly escape the country via sea. When the two tracks meet, Charlie steals his uncle’s truck to impress him and win big. The delivery he receives is from Makwana disguised as a gorilla. Dumb Charlie agrees to transport the Gorilla, and all the silly obstacles they face during the journey is what the story is all about.
Hello Charlie Movie Review: Script Analysis
From the idea of disguising a 60-year-old millionaire con man in the guise of a gorilla to a son who asks him: “Would you escape if I took you out of the cage?” Before letting him go out to change a truck tire, Pankaj Saraswat’s story soon proves that he doesn’t know where the comedy of antics ends up crossing the line of bearable humor. He might laugh or two when a poker-faced Rajpal Yadav says “Bolo Beta” in response to his colleague “Alpha” on the walkie-talkie, but that’s about it. No joke in the movie touched me to this level, and if you didn’t like it, don’t take any of my “positive” words for the movie.
Due to strong support from Excel, the film manages to get a vibrant, vivid and colorful setting, but unfortunately the script (Pankaj Saraswat & Abhishek Khairkar) was unable to utilize it to its fullest. This is totally in the area of Total Dhamaal; I hated that and would give this one a head start on it just because I laughed like three times throughout. In such films, the story is usually the culprit, but in this case, the lifeless dialogues of Abhishek Khairkar are to be blamed. For all its limp, the story had enough scope to include some exaggerated and heartbreaking dialogue, but you can count the good ones on three fingers max.
Andre Menezes’ camera work is fresh and light-hearted, but the overall negatives keep her from reaching his potential. Everyone says hello to the person who edited the trailer, who has almost every good part of the movie. When a movie is only 100 minutes long and you still feel like the editors (Chandan Arora and Mitesh Soni) might have wasted 10-15 more minutes, you know there is a problem with the script.
Hello Charlie Movie Review: Star Performance
Apart from the three scenes, we see Jackie Shroff acting with his face while the Gorilla outfit acts like his Iron-Man suit. It proves to be a fun addition to the cast because the creators let it be. Due to the reflection of his eccentricity in real life, you don’t mind him doing that monkey shit.
Despite delivering some memorable performances, Ranbir Kapoor seems a bit out of place in this movie. FOR THOSE WHO KNOW, KNOW THAT I HAD TO DO THIS. Yes, the ghosts of looking like Ranbir still haunt Aadar Jain’s performance. Although there is a slight change in his voice, and he now he sounds a bit like Kartik Aaryan as well. He needs to channel his novelty value and use it to break the bubble.
I read how Shlokka Pandit fought for seven years, finally got this role, and the efforts are visible. Despite coming into the movie late, Shlokka maintains a proper balance by adding her natural touch to the scenes. I’m glad he’s inside; getting a good script from here shouldn’t be as difficult as it has been so far.
Mona’s character highlights Elnaaz Norouzi’s range, which is very limited as of now. She has a decent screen presence that is affected by the restricted number of expressions. Rajpal Yadav’s only funny dialogue (mentioned above) brings my knowledge of how to learn to use the proverb “sau sunar ki, ek lohar ki”. But that’s it; is lost in another way. Bharat Ganeshpure gets the role of drunk doctor on the spot. Girish Kulkarni as the owner of “Diamond Circus” is embarrassingly bad.
Hello Charlie Movie Review: Direction, Music
For the man behind the show who gave us Raju Srivastava, the man who wrote the script for one of the most underrated movies of all time Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh, it’s hard not to overstate hopes. After I loved the trailer so much, the end result is disappointing.
Fortunately, John Stewart Eduri’s background score doesn’t sound loud at any point, and that’s enough for me to appreciate it. Nakash Aziz, One Two One Two Dance by Tanishk Bagchi (written by Vayu) is catchier than I thought. There is a dance floor apart from this one, which is a useless addition.
Hello Charlie: The Last Word Movie Review
All said and done; Here’s how to put this on one line: imagine a gorilla, all the weird things you would and would make him do in a not-so-entertaining story.
Two and a half stars!