Chhalaang full Movie Review
Story: When a young PT teacher faces stiff competition from a new coach, he must put on his socks or risk losing his job, his self-esteem, and the love of his life.
Review: Mahinder Singh aka Montu (Rajkumar Rao) slacker. From waking up long after the sun arrived to hanging out with the Boom-Chum Mastergi (Saurab Shukla), Montu had little to no purpose in life. He is very satisfied with his job as a PT teacher at his private school, which he got only because his father (Satish Kaushik) recommended him to Principal (Ila Arun). When he’s not walking around with Mistergy, he’s playing the moral policeman, carrying out instant punishment to the space-hungry Valentine’s Day couples. During a self-appointed patrol, he brings up an older couple, thinking they are just messing around. He even names them and shames them by publishing their pictures in a local newspaper. Fortunately, their daughter Neelu (nicknamed Neelu) (Nushratt Bharuccha) ends up in the same school as the new computer teacher. While Monto starts crushing her right away, Neelu is clearly very upset with him. Thus begins the position of Nafrat Pierre Ki Bahli, sir somewhat, and anyone who has seen even two Bollywood films will know how things will go. But the real twist in the tale comes with the entry of a new PT coach Im Singh (Muhammad. Zeeshan Ayoub). Riding the Royal Enflied, Singh is literally the better version of the Montu, who can get rid of naukri and chokri from the poor class in a flash. This is when our man Monto realizes he needs to upgrade his game or risk losing everything, including his credibility. He declares an all-out mathematical war with Singh also setting to test his teaching ability. So from this point on, some combat and sporting actions begin.
Ironically, the writers of “Shalang” (Love Rangan, Asim Arora, Zishan Quadri) don’t seem to be taking the leap of faith in making it an adrenaline-stimulating sports scene. Nor does the film explore the nuances of a sweet love story. He just flirts with the idea of making him a love triangle.
Having said that, there are parts of the second half that liven up the procedures. Like every sports movie, “Chhalaang” also has a prep montage song (by Daler Mahendi) with underdogs overpowering it in the lead up to D-Day. Next, some sequences that use practical situations to effectively convey physical training lessons to students are new and pictorial. However, since we know so little about the young players, they are hard to capture. Instead of well-completed personalities, the focus is on demonstrating gender equality and women’s empowerment. This comes across as imposition.
Musically speaking, there is no exciting number even when the story requires one. The best track “Good nee Karda” comes right before the show begins.
Rajkummar Rao is as good as always playing the unambitious PT teacher, but his act as a small town boy next door is quite frequent. Maybe also because stories from rural India are a dominant part of his motion picture. Also, his rigid hair looks kinda weird, even when it’s falling out and dirty in the sports field. Mohammed. Zeeshan Ayoub in his athletic and mustache image, fits the bill as a competitive sports teacher. Ditto for the beautiful Nushratt Bharuccha, who seems to perform better with every movie that passes. As a progressive girl in the new era, the character of Bharuccha is the voice of the unwavering mind, but it is the actors who breathe most of the realism into the narrative and also add much-needed comic relief. Among them are the adorable Saurab Shukla which is complemented by Ella Aaron, Satish Koshek, and the much loved Paljinder Kaur. She plays Monto’s mother with the utmost sincerity.
All in all, director Hansal Mehta gets quite the right setting with a lot of detail. But with more condemnation in execution and writing, this one could have knocked him out of the park.
|Directed by||Hansal Mehta|
|Produced by||Ajay Devgan|
|Written by||Luv Ranjan|
|Starring||Rajkummar Rao Nushrat Bharucha Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Saurabh Shukla|
|Music by||Hitesh Sonik |
Guru Randhawa –Vee
Yo Yo Honey Singh
Vishal – Shekhar
|Edited by||Akiv Ali|
Ajay Devgan Films
|Distributed by||Amazon Prime Video|
|Release date||13 November 2020|
|Running time||136 minutes|
Chhalaang full Movie Cast
- Rajkummar Rao as Mahender “Montu” Singh Hooda
- Nushrat Bharucha as Neelima “Neelu” Mehra
- Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Inder Mohan Singh, PT senior coach
- Saurabh Shukla as Venkat Mehat “Shuklaji”, film’s Narrator
- Ila Arun as Ushal Ghehlot, the principal of the school where Montu teaches
- Satish Kaushik as Mr. Kamlesh Singh Hooda, Montu’s father
- Jatin sarna as dimpy
- Naman Jain as Babloo Singh Hooda, Montu’s younger brother
- Garima Kaur as Pinki Yadav
- Baljinder Kaur as Mrs. Kamala Singh Hooda, Montu’s mother
- Suparna Marwah as Mrs. Sakshi S. Mehra, Neelu’s mother
- Rajiv Gupta as Mr. Sanjay Mehra, Neelu’s father