Film: Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga
Director: Ajay Singh
Star cast: Yami Gautam, Sunny Kaushal, Sharad Kelkar
Bollywood Bubble Ratings: 3.5/5 stars
Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga Movie Review:
I am an ardent admirer of Amar Kaushik’s work. Be it Stree or Bhediya, the writer-director has given something unique to Indian cinema every time. His association with Dinesh Vijan has always been iconic. And that was the biggest selling point for me for Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga. And truly, I wasn’t disappointed.
The film is an edge-of-the seat thriller with a lot of twists and turns throughout the run time. But it manages to hold your attention for the entire run as the story gets you invested. And a huge credit for that goes to the remarkable performances given by Yami Gautam and Sunny Kaushal. Both of them deliver something unique and memorable.
With thrillers, it’s always a task to keep the twists in a way that they don’t appear too cliché or predictable, and that’s where Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga works. There were some twists which I could predict, there were some which I know were coming, but didn’t know how. The execution of those was crucial for me, and the film delivered on that. But it also has some twists that I actually was surprised by. And in today’s time, with so many thrillers at our disposal, it is quite hard to do.
I must credit the film’s BGM too as it fits right into the narrative. It enhances the storytelling. The cinematography is top notch and the sequences inside the airplane have an authenticity to them. Saying anything more would act like a spoiler, ruining the experience of watching the film. But trust me, this plane ride is farthest from being bumpy. It rather is a roller coaster of emotions.
Neha (Yami) is a flight attendant who meets a passenger, Ankit (Sunny) on one of her flights. The two get into a relationship that has its ups and downs. Both then embark on a flight one day that gets hijacked. While everyone is fighting for survival, there seems to be several different individual plans taking place simultaneously. How that one plane ride takes several twists and turns makes for a gripping storyline.
Can we just make this an unsaid rule now that Yami Gautam is a star on screen? The actress just knows how to bring out the nuances of her characters alive. She brings these minute details in action which sometimes you don’t even realise were so much important to the characters. Neha is one of the most different yet a similar character to all that she has done before. Wish I could elaborate on it more but that would be a spoiler. But Yami is in full form and she is indeed the star of the show. Her expression changes in the flick of a second, and that too convincingly, just show her prowess.
Sunny Kaushal is a revelation as Ankit. For me, it has to be the strongest acting performance given by him in his career. The different emotions that his character is supposed to go through, the actor has such a seamless transition between them. There is no point, especially during the hijacking part, where Sunny seems fake. This is actually the part where he shines. The agitation that he brings to Ankit is just perfect. This is indeed his best work as per me, and I am sure even filmmakers will take a note of his talent after this.
Sharad Kelkar is good at his part but unfortunately there isn’t too much of him in the film. Even in the part he is there, he is bound to a desk most of the time. But even in that zone, he brings out a terrific portrayal. I just wish he had gotten a little more to do.
Ajay has done a fabulous job in keeping a vision that keeps the audiences hooked. The number 1 mistake that directors make in thrillers today is that sometimes they get too engrossed in making things so slick and glamorous that the storytelling gets too twisted for a layman to understand. That isn’t the problem here.
The writing is such that there is no point of confusion for the audience, yet they feel engrossed in the twists. The credit for it goes to writers Amar, Siraj Ahmad and the director Ajay. The former pair has written it so well and the latter has executed that vision perfectly. The editing at some parts looks shoddy though. The scenes get cut before the previous one even fully completes. Those are still minor errors. Majorly, the screenplay is gripping.
While Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga is a good film, it has a few drawbacks too. The first for me is the courtship period shown between Yami and Sunny. The spark in their chemistry isn’t that evident, and also the dialogue delivery by the actors in those parts seem a bit over the top. Yami and Sunny’s chemistry is much more stunning during the airplane sequences though.
Another drawback is the underutilisation of Sharad Kelkar. The actor has immense potential but his character seemed too helpless throughout and there wasn’t much given to him.
As I mentioned earlier too, editing in some parts is a little shoddy. To make the film a little more fast-paced, the short cuts taken didn’t result in the desired effect in some parts.
In closing of my review, I’d say that Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga is a gripping watch that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat for 1 hour and 50 minutes. Yami and Sunny deliver one of the finest performances in their careers. Watch this film to explore their acting prowess. This one will surely leave you with an adrenaline rush.
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