Cast: Zulfi Syed, Masumi, Raman Lamba, Rati Agnihotri
Virwani, Om Puri, Tinu Anand, Dilip Pravabhakar, Reema
Lagoo, Jayant Kriplani, Peeya Rai Choudhuri, Raj Zutshi
& Cyrus Broacha (Special Appearance)
Banner: PLA Entertainment Private Limited
Director of Photography: Madhu Ambat
Music Composer: Vishaal Bharadwaj
- concept: Subhash Ghai
Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Editors: Raj Kumar Hirani & Adesh Varma
Abbas Tyrewala, Shona Urvashi
Action: Allan Amin
Director: Shona Urvashi
Jayashree Makhija, Nirmal Anand
release date: 12th September 2003
Arya (Zulfi Syed) is a dotcom millionaire and youngest
crorepati entrepreneur in India. After losing all his
valuable teenage time in chasing his dream to become
the most successful dotcom entrepreneur, he starts feeling
restless because he felt that there is nothing for his
to chase now. Megha (Masumi) is a middle class beautiful
girl who sets her eyes on the glam world. She dreams
of becoming the beauty pageant. She is a real care free
girl whose father is a honest income tax officer Mr.
Timgire (Dilip Pravabhakar).
Kocher (Rati Agnihotri) is the most influential personality
in beauty pageant circle and she hires and trains beautiful
girls for the coveted Miss. India pageant. In one such
instance, she hires Megha and trains her to the pageant.
But Megha keeps her identity secret because she does
not want her parents to know about it.
Khan Qayamat (Om Puri) is the most powerful Mumbai don
who has greed for publicity.
Arya falls in love with Megha. Mr. Timgire chases Almira
because she has been evading income tax. She wants to
eliminate Mr. Timgire. Hence she hires Qasim Khan Qayamat
to kill Mr. Timgire. But Qasim delays the killing, because
he wants favors from Almira so that he could mingle
with high society in Mumbai and then stay in news.
the rest of the film is all about the comedy of errors
and the love angle between Varun and Megha.
Makhija is Ok in the role of star stuck girl and her
characterization is very similar to that of Urmila character
in Rangeela. How ever more-than-necessary emphasize
is given in showcasing the heroine (this is probably
due to the fact that the heroine is the sister of director
Shona who in turn is the grand daughter of PL Anand
- the man behind PLA Entertainments). Zulfi Syed (an
ex Mr. Gladrags) is apt for the role of 'Varun Arya'
which does not need to emote too much. Rati Agnihotri
is impressive as the nasty queenpin. The scene stealer
in this film is Om Puri as the publicity-crazy don who
attributes all his funny shers to that of Ghalib. Dilip
Pravabhakar impressed one and all with his typical Marathi
accent and histrionics. His character generated tremendous
comedy out the situations he was in. Raman Lamba is
charming as the owner of 'Bombo City' pub. Peeya Rai
Choudhuri is bubbly and chirpy. Jayant Kriplani played
well as the sophisticated and supportive father. Tinu
Anand is ok as the lecherous and meek husband of Rati.
The basic storyline is well crafted one with all characters
interlinked with each other and if you disturb one character
in this film, it would travel through all characters
and returns back to the initiator. This storyline has
the good potential provided its handled well while transforming
it onto the screen. However the storyline has similarities
to the Hollywood film 'Drop Dead Gorgeous'.
- Screenplay: Direction by the debutant lady Shona
Urvashi is good in parts. She tried to narrate a love
story with a backdrop of laugh riot. She focused more
on developing comedy generated through the characters
of veterans and gave less importance to justify and
elevate the emotions between the lead pair. She should
have worked more on the script. The holistic perspective
is missing in the direction. The screenplay has many
Music by Vishal Bharadwaj is melodious and soothing.
However there is no kick in music in terms of thumping
songs to make this audio a chartbuster. The background
music is also apt.
of songs: A special mention should be made for picturization
of two songs in this film. The first song that was canned
on Musami and Peeya is like a latest hit music video
that we see on music channels. The romantic song between
the lead pair in which the entire floor is decorated
with the petals of rose is also pretty good.
& Art: Photography by Madhu Ambat is first class.
He captured the beauty of South Mumbai in a pretty engrossing
style. The color combinations used by Art director Nitin
Chandrakant Desai are very vibrant and it complemented
the cinematography to make the film appear very rich
Dialogues by Abbas Tyrewala and Shona Urvashi are interesting.
The situational comedy dialogues are good.
The production values of the film are simply superb.
Each and every frame is very rich.
'Chupke Se' is aimed at metro crowds and multiplexes.
The best part of the film is the comedy that is generated
with the shers of Om Puri and the genuine histrionics
of Dilip Pravabhakar. It may be a bit boring film to
watch on a big screen, but definitely worth a watch