Walking outta the theatre after watching Ghanchakkar, I felt like a victim of that Expectation vs Reality meme. I had huge expectations for Ghanchakkar but when faced with the reality that was the movie, I was gravely let down. Especially I’d went in for Raj Kumar Gupta’s previous movie No One Killed Jessica with half the expectation and was blown away. I did the mistake of going in excited and was sorely disappointed with Ghanchakkar.
Ghanchakkar had a brilliant premise set for an excellent dark comedy. The characters were intriguing enough and so was the casting. Emran Hashmi plays Sanjay, a retired-thief who now sits at home watching TV all day, Vidya Balan plays Neetu, his Punjabi wife with her odd sense in outfits and an obsession for fashion, Rajesh Sharma as the mastermind and heist organiser and Namit Das as Idrees, a vehement partner to Pundit. The recipe was right for one amazing ride yet it fails miserably when it comes to its pace and its second half. In the end, Ghanchakkar only promises you some well written one-liners and laughs.
Great casting was one that I atleast rooted for. Being a die-hard Vidya Balan fan, apart from her ever-amazing performance, I have to admit she was an eyeful treat. With his limited scope for acting, Emran Hashmi did justice to his role. Among the lot Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das shone through well infusing humor in their malevolent roles.
Ghanchakkar had an entertaining start though it stumbles down post-intermission. It gets tedious to watch during the mid-acts where nothing was happening on-screen. But I still sat through to the end as it assured a mystery throughout. The fact whether Emran Hashmi’s memory-loss was genuine or was it all a huge act ensured the wee bit interest till the end in an otherwise lazy narrative which was fast losing steam towards the end. The huge tonal difference in the second half didn’t make things easier for me either, the first half was soaked in humor and lighter tones while the second half shifted to being unnecessarily serious. Contrary to what the previews had in display, Ghanchakkar is very offbeat; be it the humor or the violence or the lewd jokes and cusses thrown all over the movie.