Chor Machaye Shor (2002)
Cast: Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal
Director: David Dhawan
Nutshell: pitiful farce inspired by Blue Steak – another stinker from David Dhawan
If evidence of the decline of David Dhawan has not been evident in the last year or so, this film really should provide ample evidence to those who would like to write Dhawan’s epitaph. I would be the first to say that I have enjoyed some of his capers, mainly when he teams with Govinda because of Govinda’s comic timing. Sadly, their last effort, Kyon kii main Jhooth nahin bolta was a huge let down and since then, Dhawan has churned out one piece of rubbish after another. Chor Machaye Shor does nothing but add to that list of films.
Sham (Bobby Deol) escapes with a 30 crore diamond and hides it in a disused abandoned building, duping his saathis in the bargain. Happily sentenced to two years in jail, on his release, he finds that the disused building is now a police station. So how does he get into the police station? Enter his pal (Shekhar Suman) dressed up in various different garbs and who dresses Sham up as a cop and send him to the police station. Accepted by all except Om Puri, a rather suspicious cop, Sham becomes the bumbling hero of the police station. Also at the police station is the sultry Ranjana(Bispasha Basu) with whom, we have the customary synchronised dance.
But there is a problem in the form that suspicions are raised as to Sham’s identity so he invents a humshakal brother Ram and what follows is meant to be a laugh riot of madcap proportions..except that it isn’t.
Following a path very similar to Gol Maal, this shows you how very wrong you can go with a madcap comedy. The first half is laboured but you force yourself a titter here and there..but its never more than that. The second half merely drags on and on and on. Apparently based on Blue Streak, which fortunately, I have not seen, this is really c grade fare for the masses and I am sure that it will be lapped up in the interiors.
Bobby Deol displays little flair for slapstick comedy and makes little impression. One wonders how Shilpa Shetty has survived so far in the industry because she has absolutely nothing going for her. She looks awful, cannot act and is merely a glamour puss with no glamour. And how you wish she would never open her mouth. Bispasha Basu is wasted completely in a pathetic role and if this was her foray into mainstream commercial cinema, it is an awful choice on her part. Shekhar Suman adds a little colour to proceedings but is a little over the top. It is left to paresh Rawal and Om Puri to salvage the unsalvageable and on some level, they provide the film with some of its lighter moments.
The music is dire and the picturisation of the songs are unbelievably dull and almost gymnastic. And to add to ones woes, there are so many of these songs pasted into the film for no rhyme or reason. If you want a completely senseless and brainless experience, I suggest a lobotomy but if that’s not possible, see Chor machaye shor.