Movie review: 'Chor Chor Super Chor'

Published: Aug 02, 2013, 16:39 IST | Shakti Shetty

The approach taken by the makers of this film is quite refreshing but as is the norm with most out-of-the-box films, this one too leaves behind aspects to be bettered

A pickpocket goes places as his ‘profession’ makes sure he does. Ever wondered about how come he robs you blind without you even realising it? Well, this film does. 'Chor Chor Super Chor' delves around those who make a living out of cutting others’ purses — illegally, that is. In terms of an idea, the approach taken by its makers is quite refreshing but as is the norm with most out-of-the-box films, this one too leaves behind aspects to be bettered.

'Chor Chor Super Chor' review
'Chor Chor Super Chor' 

On the outer surface, the narrative has a veneer of an unassuming love story. A reasonably decent man stumbles upon a girl and falls for her. However, it’s more of betrayal than romance followed by the tit-for-tat policy. After all, you can’t steal from a robber; especially a former robber. But what if she has stolen his heart and he can’t do anything about it? Falling in love with the right person in a wrong job comes with a price.

Certainly sounds like a story meant to experiment in cinema.

As the film moves forward, the resulting twists in the tale keep you engrossed for a simple reason: here’s an unfamiliar topic. Set in a world that people hear of but don’t inhabit or visit, it has authentic characters with unparalleled idiosyncrasies. They refer to their work as an art form and admire each other’s talent at ripping public off. Nonetheless, unlike their counterparts in other fields, the last thing these folks want is exposure. And that’s something they’ll be subjected to thanks to a renegade in their team.

The rebel in question has to think of something to take them out of the mess.

As expected, his strategy works but the writers of this otherwise unique endeavour could have worked harder on filling the plotholes. Drama can’t be compromised for comedy’s sake. Speaking of which, there are ample moments of humour. There are no SMS jokes, leaving a lot to visuals. The dilapidated settings in Delhi help too.

In terms of performance, Deepak Dobriyal is convincing poor man’s hero. He doesn’t go overboard with the responsibility of a protagonist and stays within his graph. As his sweetheart, Priya Bathija holds her own but has relatively shorter presence. Overall, the feature is shouldered by the supporting cast who fits in perfectly with their theatre-like roles.

Exploring the Capital on the big screen is in vogue but not all the efforts reach their destination. This particular film comes very close to stealing its spot. 

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