Chhalaang review – Predictable sports drama

Title: Chhalaang
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Saurabh Shukla
Director: Hansal Mehta
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Hindi

Story: Mahinder Hooda aka Montu (Rajkummar Rao) works as a PT teacher in a high school in Haryana. He falls in love with his colleague and computer teacher Neelima (Nushrat Bharucha). Just when they start getting close, a new highly qualified PT teacher Inder Mohan Singh (Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub) is appointed and both Montu and Singh lock horns immediately. So, a sports competition is arranged to decide who should continue as the PT teacher. Who won the competition forms the story.

Performances: Rajkummar Rao is in his best form. He perfectly fits into the role and does his part with full sincerity. Nushrat Bharucha is appropriate. Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub has done a good job. Saurabh Shukla is good but does not offer his usual fun. The kids who played the roles of school children have done what they can.

Technicalities: Camerawork is neat. Music is good. Background score in the final portions is effective. Dialogues could have had more impact. Editing is good.

Analysis: The story of the movie is nothing new and we have seen similar type of stories in several movies. It’s a healthy competition between two people in same profession and a small message is tried to convey through it. The movie starts off well and goes on a fun filled and breezy note. Once the main point is revealed, the movie goes downhill from there. The entire second half is absolutely predictable and everything happens just the way we expect. Everything happens too easily and conveniently for the protagonist which is not convincing at all. There is a forced message in the climax which misfires completely. With a better screenplay in the second half, the predictability factor could have been overcome. But sadly, that’s not the case here. Barring Rajkummar Rao’s very sincere effort, there is nothing much to savour in this film.

On a whole: Chhalaang is a predictable sports drama meant strictly for timepass without any expectations.

Rating: 2.5/5

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