Quick Review: Chup Chup Ke

From the sublime of previous posts, to the simply-terrible of tonight, I saw Chup Chup Ke… with anguish. I couldn’t believe that a few posts ago I mentioned Priyadarshan in the same breath as Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Of course my point was that in “natural” cinema, Priyadarshan is leading the way today. But Chup Chup Ke was anything, but natural. Totally hammed, loud and extremely grating (to the nerves) the film was a hotched-potched attempt at comedy and drama.

But the most disturbing thing of the movie was not all of the above… but the way the whole plot resolves with the “gungi” and for whom everything should go right otherwise a curse will fall. Rather than view the “gungi” as a person, there is a gross demeaning portrayal of her as something to be protected… and done good for. Ultimately, her victory is no victory at all but a concession.

Terrible. But I guess I forgot that usually Hindi popular cinema is trash. Only sometimes, rarely, do some gems stand out. I guess when we see the current deplorable state of cinema that we then truly appreciate the greats.


1 Response to “Quick Review: Chup Chup Ke”

  1. 1 James April 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Priyadarshan has been remaking everything ever since he entered Hindi cinema. Most of them are remakes of other’s work and some his own, remakes of Malayalam films of the ’80s and ’90s. Aakrosh is probably is only film to date that is not a remake.

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