Chachi 420 - DVD
Director: Kamal Haasan
Producer: Chandra Haasan & Kamal Haasan
Music: Vishal Bharadwaj
Actor/Actresses: Tabu, Kamal Haasan, Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal
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Synopsis: This complete entertainer is in no doubt inspired by the Hollywood film Mrs. Doubt fire but as stated by Kamal Hassan himself this film is a Show fire, a very well made Indianised version of the original film. It is a film for the masses as well as for the classes. The movie starts out slowly; Jayaprakash Paswan (Kamal Haasan) is a dance choreographer. Janki (Tabu) is the only daughter of millionaire Durgaprasad (Amrish Puri). Janki and Jayaprakash fall in love with each other but Durgaprasad does not like Jayaprakash, since he is poor by his standards. Durgaprasad tries to bribe Jayaprakash for leaving his daughter, which Jayaprakash rejects. Janki elopes with Jayaprakash and marries him. But, in a few years time, there is an ego clash, which finally results in divorce Janki is left with custody of their daughter, Bharati.
The film is fun-filled with many comic scenes. Kamal Haasan is superb and par excellence in the role of Mrs Godbole. Kamal Haasan's direction is fantastic. He handles every scene with precision and the fine-tuning it takes to become a wonderful director. His first Hindi venture as director has come out in a well-polished well-done movie. Tabu's acting is brilliant, Ayesha Jhulka hardly has a few scenes and songs but looks good. Amrish Puri in a different role does a wonderful job. Even Paresh Rawal gives his best. But the surprise packet of the film is Om Puri. In the role of the cellular-obsessed-secretary of Amrish Puri who keeps an eye on Mrs Godbole, he just steals the show.
Surprisingly enough, this movie has only one thing copied from Mrs. Doubtfire, the theme. The rest of the movie is pulled off with a witty, wacky script (written by Gulzar) and wonderful direction and editing. The second half of the movie is especially very fast and enjoyable. Vishal's music is not so memorable but songs like Chupdi Chupdi Chachi... and Dauda Dauda Bhaagaa.. do go well with yhe film. A must-see film - for its performance and good direction, devoid of routine formula drama.