Rajma Chawal – Review

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Genre Comedy, Drama
Directed by Leena Yadav
Starring Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Tanwar , Amyra Dastur
Released on 30 November 2018
Duration 129 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 5/10
Channel Netflix

Rajma Chawal is Netflix’s latest venture into Hindi original films and while it has the trademark of a Netflix production all over, it does spark a sense of intimacy in its scenic shots of Delhi throughout.

But the (sometimes) beautiful cinematography does not forgive the terrible plotline. Here’s what happens. Kabir (Anirudh Tanwar) is a very angsty teen. After the sudden death of his mum, he and his dad, Mathur (Rishi Kapoor) aren’t really on speaking terms. Kabir believes his dad didn’t do enough to save his mother. In addition, Mathur moved to Chandni Chowk because that’s where his old friends still live. Kabir didn’t want to move there. The shift resulted in the breaking up of his band. He doesn’t fit in and roams the streets lost and angry at the world (Carry on my Wayward Son plays in the background). Rajma Chawal follows Mathur’s attempt at rekindling a failing relationship with his son.

Here are the problems with that entire plotline. While Kabir is written as an angsty teen, Anirudh Tanwar looks like he’s fairly into adulthood. He doesn’t act like a teenager – doesn’t talk like one and doesn’t really feel like one. He’s in a band and has posters of Led Zeppelin up on his bedroom wall, but that just doesn’t do the character justice.

Then let’s talk about what Mathur does to connect with his son again. After the incredibly rubbish advice given by a friend, he decides to buy a smartphone, open up a Facebook account and then try to chat with his son. According to his logic, if you can’t talk face-to-face, you must be able to chat with said person. Except, he signs up as a girl, puts up a profile picture of some random woman he finds online and sends a request to his son as ‘Tara’. Why!? Who thinks like this? No real person in any scenario would do this. A parent catfishing their own kid? I’m sorry but that’s really weird.

Well, Kabir feels like Tara really understands him. He starts to fall for her (okay what?). Then the totally predictable happens, the real Tara bumps into him. Except she’s not Tara, she’s Seher (shocker) and she has no idea who he is. What does Mathur do when he learns of the catastrophe? Does he come clean? That would be smart. But this isn’t an intelligent plotline, it’s forced comedy. He decides to pay her off. At this point you ask yourself again for the twentieth time, why am I watching this?

As the story collapses on itself, you watch with a sense of mild dread, a detached sentiment you barely feel. You come to the realization that you don’t actually care about the characters because the movie never made you love them.

To summarize, I’d say watch anything else. Unless you’re a die-hard fan of Rishi Kapoor, Rajma Chawal isn’t even mildly enjoyable.

Video Credit – Netflix | YouTube

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