Monday, March 27, 2023

Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga

 One of the elements movie goers have come to expect is a twist, one that surprises them.  Because the practice is so common, the standards are high.  "Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga" (2023) more than meet the standards and as a bonus stars Yami Gautam.

Within days it reached number 5 on Canadian movie standings on Netflix.  It is available in a dubbed format.

Starts off with a bloodied face which gets attention and than backtracks.  Flashbacks are used to explain how we reached the current situation.  The many twists are a bit hard to accept until you see the background from another perspective and you can give yourself an "Ah Ha" moment.  To spice up the plot they have combined a diamond robbery with a  airline hi-jack.

This is not meant to be a spoiler, but to assure you the twists are well handled and will keep you awake and focused.

 To hold our attention as well as this film does requires some expertise and talent.  Here are a few contributors

Ajay Singh was the director.  He started as a second unit assistant director for "Aamir" (2008) about a very tense bomb situation.

Amar Kaushik is the first time writer and a veteran producer.  His film credits include "No One Killed Jessica" (2011), "Stree" (2018) and "Bala" (2019).  An amusing story was how he set up Yami Gautam in "Bala"  The film was about premature baldness.  She played a somewhat vain woman who married the handsome Ayushmann Khuranna (wearing a wig).  Amar told Yami to grab his hair and pull.  The look on her face was a scene stealing one as his baldness was revealed.   

For a little perspective on the sensitivity to premature baldness (including "Bala"} check out:   

Music was provided by Vishal Mishra, an award winner composer and background singer.   His credits include "Qarib Qarib Single" (2017), "Notebook" (2019), "Kabir Singh" (2019), and "RRR" (2022). He had auditioned for Indian Idol and was rejected all but one time in which he was eliminated before appearing on television.  Since then some of his songs have become very popular.  During the Pandemic both his parents caught Covid and the whole nation was downcast and he wrote what became an unofficial anthem, "Fir Muskurayega."

Cinematography was Gianni Gianelli, Italian born.  He had done a few films in his native Italy and in 2015 did his first film in India.

The editor was Charu Takkar with 13 film credits.

Yami Gautam really stands out as Neha, an airline hostess.  Yami studied law and later did many commercials and appeared on fashion magazine covers.  She has performed in Kannada, Punjabi, Telegu, Malayalam and Tamil films.  Her film credits include "Vicky Donor" (2012), "Badlapur" (2015), "Kaabil" (2017), "Uri:  The Surgical Strike" (2019) and "Bala" (2019). "A Thursday" (2022) and "Dasvi" (2022).

Sunny Kaushal plays the male lead, Ankit.    Film credits include "Shiddat" (2021) and "Gold" (2018)  He started out to be an accountant, but as the son of a director and brother of an actor took the plunge himself.

 Sharad Kelkar plays an agent chasing after diamonds.   Film credits include"Rustom" (2016) and had his voice used with the blockbuster "Baahubali 2" (2017).

Indraneil Sengupta played Sudhanshu Roy, another one chasing after diamonds.  Indraneil started as a model and a dancer.  His film credits include "Kahaani" (2012)--one of the best twist movies ever; "Children of War" (2014), "III Smoking Barrels" (2017) and "Doctor G" (2022).  Check

I love twists and Yami Gautam has been very reliable for an enjoyable film.  This has been tailored to her talents.  You can't go wrong.

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