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Better left unsaid ...Chup Chup ke
Jun 12, 2006 04:59 PM 3146 Views





UTV's Chup Chup Ke, directed by priydarshan, is a romantic comedy that starts off well, but eventually falls in the same mould as a run-of-the-mill flick.

A small town boy, Jeetu (Shahid Kapur) is under debts and moneylenders. Dueto his instability in career and debts, his father (Anupam Kher, a retired school teacher) suffers a lot. There is one more person, who suffers too. She is Pooja (Sushma Reddy), her fiancée. Her father (Manoj Joshi) does not consider Jeetu a fit match for his daughter and asks Pooja to tie the knot with someone else but she doesn’t want to leave Jeetu.

This all leads Jeetu to commit suicide and he jumps in the sea so that his family can then claim for the insurance and pays off his debts. But destiny saves him and two fishermen – Gundya (Paresh Rawal) and Bandya (Rajpal Yadav) find him entwined in fishing nets. He is now in a new place – Kolkata.

Gundya is indebted to Prabhat Singh (Om Puri). Prabhat is an astute Gujrati businessman. Gundya and Bandya find a note in Jeetu’s pocket that helps them wrongly assume as if he is a millionaire. In exchange of money Gundya owes to Prabhat, he takes Jeetu and Bandya to Prabhat’s home.

In the midst of all happenings, Jeetu pretends to be mute and deaf. Interestingly, Prabhat’s niece Shruti (Kareena Kapoor) also appears to be mute but she is not deaf.

Chup Chup Ke has several interesting moments in the first half, but it settles down to a routine love story as it reaches its finale.The initial reels are engaging and the movement of the story catches the viewer unaware. In fact, so much seems to happen in the first half-an-hour of the film at such a brisk pace that the viewer gets completely involved in the goings-on The post-interval portions too have a couple of interesting moments, but a few unwanted sequences too. In fact, even if these sequences weren't there, it wouldn't have made a difference to the main plot.

Another aspect where the film suffers is its music. Himesh's music is fairly tuneful, but the film lacks a hit score – so essential for a love story. Although 'dil vichy' and ' arey arey' are well tuned and well promoted as well, they don't leave a lasting impression. However, background score is effective.

Director Priyadarshan seems at ease handling the comic portions, but is letdown by a mediocre screenplay. Dialogues sound fresh, even though the situations are not. Cinematography is simply flawless.Editing is crisp in the first half, but not in the second.

Chup Chup Ke is the perfect show for Shahid Kapoor . Cast in a difficult role, the actor takes to it like a fish takes to water. His expressive eyes and powerpacked emotions takes you by surprise, while his overall performance is first-rate.

Kareena gives a fair account of herself .But she has that charm that's magnetic. Neha needs to take care of her outfits, makeup and overall appearance.

Paresh is excellent. Sunil is, like always, efficient. Rajpal Yadav enacts his part with utmost conviction. Also, he carries off the funny look with elan.

On the whole, Chup Chup Ke is an ordinary fare. The film will face rough weather due to a strong opposition in the form of Phir Hera Pherip. Had the film released without oppositions, the prospects would've been better.

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