Why in the world did the movie get named as Chaar Din Ki Chandni? Oh, you are not supposed to question a movie in this somewhat rom com, somewhat masala entertainer and somewhat cinema genre. Let us then get straight to business in the review unlike the movie.
Two families, a Rajput family and a Punjabi family come hitherto together, the former standing tall and strong opposed to the love story of Veer Singh (Tusshar Kapoor) and Chandni Singh (Kulraj Randhava) and the latter trying to fix the problem. To avoid any direct confrontations and trouble within the family, London educated Veer gets his beloved a makeover and pulls her in as a journalist. The Rajput family is a sample of a kind. The grand Chandraveer Singh played by Anupam Kher and his modern day queen with trendy attire, Devika Singh played by Anita Raaj and their three highly talented sons – Mukul Dev’s Udaybhan Singh who thinks he is an amazing womanizer but is nowhere close, Sushant Singh’s Yashwant Singh who has kept his brains tacked in the school books and has never got back to them and Chandrachur Singh’s Prithvi Singh who remains too drunk to pop out of Prithvi levels. Tusshar’s Veer is the youngest son of the Rajput Clan. Chaar Din Ki Chandni is basically a love story of the lead pair and it is about how they go about to the culmination of their relation and it is set against a wedding in Rajasthan.
Now, time for the review! The trailer of the movie and all the promotions and hype and hoopla would have led the audience to walk in to the theaters for a fun ride. The tragedy is that the audience is taken for a ride and the filmmakers seem to be having a lot of fun. We do not look at the prerogative of senses when it comes to this category of rom coms, yes Bollywood has several sub genres of rom coms but that should not imply there will not be either any rom or any com. There are barely few moments in the movie that would make one smile, mildly though and due to the overbearing screen presence of veteran actors Anupam Kher and Om Puri, you manage to stay loosely glued for some parts of the movie. But that is about it. The movie has nothing unique. The songs even are fresh renditions of yesteryear blockbusters and only Chandni O Meri Chandni and Kangna manage to draw some interest. The cinematography is nothing outstanding nor is the editing and the scripting is completely flawed. All characters are one dimensional and have been asked to essay a few scenes in a specific manner. Even a student of standard five would come up with more mischievous and naughty ideas and jokes.
Tusshar Kapoor is not a talented actor by virtue but can be a treat to watch at the hands of the right director (remember Shootout At Lokhandwala) but Samir Karnik does not know that art perhaps. Kulraj Randhava is beautiful and lively but where is the performance, miss? She was overshadowed in Yamla Pagla Deewana by the heavyweight Deol Clan but pitted against the Rajput clan in Chaar Din Ki Chandni, she is no more than just a pretty face.
Chaar Din Ki Chandni is a movie that you can sleep through or perhaps it offers an opportunity to those lovebirds who want some cool multiplex ambience on a Saturday afternoon in this hot spring weather. There is nothing more to it. In fact, Chaar Din Ki Chandni manages to feel you clogged even with the cool soda and the snacks.
At a time when Bollywood is embracing the Irrfan Khan starrer Paan Singh Tomar and the just released Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani, both of which are all set to get a cult status, what is Chaar Din Ki Chandni doing in the midst. Well, there is a huge segment of Bollywood audience who do not like watching any movie that is remotely cerebral or meaningful. Samir Karnik’s target audience is that section and he would possibly do well with them but with urban audience and those who love cinema, CDKC is going down.