Yes the weekend is here but the Covid-19 cases are surging once again. There is a lockdown in many states now as we continue to grapple and fight against a pandemic that doesn’t seem to slow down. But on the up side the IPL has started again and along with it the weekend brings many new releases. So lets nail them down one by one. So I have just finished watching Hello Charlie on Amazon Prime. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Hello Charlie is the story of Charlie who is assigned a job to drop a gorilla to its destination. Except that it is a million disguised as a gorilla to evade the law. The story is unbelievable and frivolous to say the least. But if you put that aside, it is quite entertaining too. The screenplay is such that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. And that is the best part because had it actually tried to sell this concept and make it believable, this would have been a disaster. As I have mentioned, it is frivolous and that is exactly what you have signed up for. And that is exactly what you are served along with a lot of fun throughout. To put it in simpler words, if you can shut off your brain and put aside the story being unbelievable, you will enjoy it. Yes, there are flaws too. The slapstick humour doesn’t always work, infact it does fall flat in places. You will not find yourself laughing hysterically also some portions drag but more often than not you will find a smile on your face.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are as goofy as the story which is not necessarily a bad thing here. The BGM is decent, the music could have been a lot better. Also, the songs stall the flow to an extent. Director Pankaj Saraswat has done a pretty good job here. To fully enjoy the humour you definitely need a wacky sense of humour which the director definitely does possess.
The performances are goofy that goes well with the theme of the film. Siddhant Kapoor is good in a cameo as Inspector Jaidev. Likewise Rajpal Yadav and Bharat Ganeshpure and Darshan Jariwala who are good although the former is wasted to an extent. Girish Kulkarni as Priyesh is excellent. Jackie Shroff as MD Makwana is good although over the top and it is refreshing to watch him to different roles as this. Shloka Pandit as Padma is quite good and she definitely leaves her mark too. Elnaaz Norouzi as Mona looks so pretty and has a magnetic screen presence. She does an excellent job here. In his second outing after Qaidi Band, Aadar Jain as Charlie has an uncanny resemblance to Ranbir Kapoor(ofcourse as they are cousins) and has also done a good job. Wish to watch more of him going forward.
Hello Charlie will take you on a goofy joyride if you are willing to put your disbelief aside and have a wacky sense of humour. If you can’t then you will find this movie stupid and frivolous. Available on Amazon Prime.