Chashme Buddoor (1981)

Chashme Buddoor (1981)

3.9 19 Ratings

Directed by : Sai Paranjape

Release Date : | Length : 145 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 4.0/5
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Two womanizers, Omi and Jai are trying hard to woo their beautiful neighbour. But the girl instead falls for their shy roommate Siddharth. Now the two guys will do anything to split the lovebirds just so that their secrets dont get revealed.

Verdict

“An enduring comedy classic that is romantic, charming and ingeniously funny. Don't miss this one.”

Chashme Buddoor (1981) Credit & Casting

Deepti Naval

Chashme Buddoor (1981) Audience Review

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Chashme Buddoor is one of the best comedies ever made in India. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Gol Maal (1979) were made around the same time and did it better but what about those films where the humor isn’t made up of outrageous situations? The brand of humor in Chashme Buddor is almost extinct from Hindi films today. The self-reflexive spirit, mundane light-heartedness, quirky nothings and hilarious situational comedy is as rare as it comes. Slapstick and wit both aren’t compromised.

 

The chemistry between Farooque Sheikh and Deepti Naval is one of Hindi cinema’s most elegant offerings. The scene with Chamko washing powder still has the charm. The innocence of it all is hard to dislike. I hope a new generation of filmgoers takes that extra step to discover what Indian cinema had to offer. 

 

Seen in the context of today where the safety of women is questioned, certain scenes come off in bad taste. Although not so much that would hamper the entire experience, since the point of the film has something to do with the intention behind the eyes that leer. Everyone is aware of the chemistry of the actors mentioned above. But what about Rakesh Bedi and Ravi Baswani? Not just in terms of being pivotal elements of the story but their dialogue exchanges which are nothing short of brilliant.

 

 

The song at the park poking fun of the movies is solid gold. The cameo by Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha is hilarious. The script is full of insipid situations but it finds humor in the simplest of things. The film is ultimately about a slacker growing up, taking responsibilities and making a man out of himself.  But rather than making a humdrum film out of this premise, Sai Paranjpye manages to extract a comedic tone, which she builds on as the film progresses. Until finally you are laughing your butt off with a huge smile after it is over.

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