Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein - Movie review
There are several kaamchors around but here is a kaamroz. This 24/7 workaholic believes that life is all about achieving business targets and notching higher turnovers every year
Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein
Dir: Pramod Joshi
Cast: Anupam Kher, Sachin Khedekar
So it’s pretty obvious that Mr Kaamroz played by Sachin Khedekar has no time for family, friends and fun. Just when he is all set for a yet another lucrative offer and can’t wait for Monday morning to ink the deal, he finds himself trapped in a piquant situation.
Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein appears to have been inspired by the 1993 Hollywood flick Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray in which a weatherman finds himself living the same day — over and over again.
Similarly, Mr Kaamroz (he’s a businessman here) is also trapped in one particular day. On waking, he discovers that it’s Sunday again and again. First he is taken aback, but then
realisation dawns about how he may be doomed to spend the rest of his life in the same place, seeing the same people and doing the same thing!
The film takes on a real issue that confronts urban folk whose most popular punch line is, “I have no time for anything else.” The lesson to learn is that you can find the time and space for other stuff besides work and it is possible do it.
Mr Kaamroz has a Mr Benaam Kumar (who springs from nowhere) knocking sense into his head to take time off the rat race for some creative pursuits. It’s an inspiring subject but the script seems hell-bent on an overdrive to prove the point.
The repetitiveness in the first-half could have been avoided. In their efforts to make it a Bollywood fare, the usual clichés are resorted to, including an item number that suddenly pops up and looks forced. Since the film has also been made in Marathi as Kashala Udyachi Baat, several of the supporting cast members have been drawn from the Marathi cinema.
There’s Mrinal Kulkarni as the wife who has to eternally wait for her busy hubby, Kishore Pradhan as the doctor who subscribes laughter as the best medicine and Vijay Patkar as the dhobi who demands gifts along with the clothes. We also see Suresh Menon doing a ‘mind it’ Rajnikant act as the film CD supplier.
Khedekar as the overworked protagonist and Kher as the Benaam character who makes him pause to smell the flowers, feel the air and hear the laughter, do their utmost to make it look believable.
But the sluggish pace and things unfolding on an even pace with no deviations in the plot make it a just yet another Hollywood inspired theme flick. We think the day could have been better and more enjoyable, laced with some humour — alas!