Title: Hello Charlie
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Jackie Shroff, Aadar Jain, Elnaaz Norouzi, Shhloka Pandit, Siddhanth Kapoor
Director: Pankaj Saraswat
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Story: The story is all about a most wanted criminal MD Makwana (Jackie Shroff) who is trying to escape India through a boat from Diu port and tries to reach Diu port in a truck, disguised as a gorilla. Charlie (Aadar Jain) is assigned the task of transporting the gorilla to Diu and he has no clue that it is a criminal in disguise. What funny and unexpected events happened after this forms the rest of the story.
Performances: The main roles in the film have been played by Jackie Shroff, Aadar Jain, Elnaaz Norouzi, Shhloka Pandit, Siddhanth Kapoor and others. Nobody really gets any good scope to perform. An experienced actor like Jackie Shroff is wasted in a role which creates zero impact. Aadar Jain overdoes his part a bit in a few scenes.
Technicalities: Camerawork and music are appropriate. Editing is neat. Dialogues never really seemed funny considering that this is an out and out comedy film.
Analysis: Hello Charlie intends to be a complete brainless fun ride. It is absolutely fine to put all logics away and make a comedy film as long as what is being shown is enjoyable or believable atleast to some extent. This is where the film crosses all lines. A man is disguised as a gorilla but not even a single character in the entire film gets suspicious of it even though the gorilla never behaves like one. This is too dumb to believe or digest in any way. Only those who manage to convince themselves of this point in the film can connect with the film. For the rest, the film would be a patience-tester. The last 30 minutes is somewhat okay with a few laughs. Rest of the film offers nothing funny or worthwhile. Instead of bringing in a gorilla angle into this film, it could have been dealt in some other way to generate proper fun. However, kids may love this film.
On a whole: Hello Charlie is a missed attempt in creating mad fun and may appeal only to kids.