Chashme Baddoor is a modern-day remake of Chashme Buddoor, released in 1981, which had Farooque Sheikh, Ravi Baswani, Rajat Bedi and Deepti Naval in lead roles.
This 2013 comedy film is directed by David Dhawan, the master of modern day comedies. The new version stars Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Divyendu Sharma and Taapsee Pannu.
Seema (Taapsee Pannu) is a young bubbly girl, living in Mumbai with her military officer daddy (Anupam Kher).
The military officer wants his daughter to marry a guy from the armed forces background. So the father has managed to arrange Seema’s marriage to several faujis, which she effortlessly evaded.
Not this time, the daddy is quite serious about his mission and so his smart daughter escapes to Goa and stays at her uncle’s place. Incidentally this uncle is the younger brother of her militarywala daddy.
There are three friends Siddharth Kashyap (Ali Zafar), Jai (Siddharth) and Omkar (Divyendu Sharma) who share a rented apartment owned by Miss Josephine (Lilette Dubey).
This one is a fine entertainer with many humourous situations with good performance from the trio and their love interest. Though it fails at quite a few gags, but you cannot compare it with the original film which was a classis on its own.
Siddharth, Jai and Omkar hang around in a cafe, owned by Joseph Furtado (Rishi Kapoor). Like other struggling guys of their age, these chaps too, owe huge amounts of money to Joseph and Josephine.
Incidentally Omkar spots Seema taking a walk with her dog Alexander. He has fallen for her. Excitedly, he calls Jai who joins Omkar in their endeavor to impress upon Seema and come close to her.
They even go to that extent of breaking into Seema’s house and then Omkar tries his lick to impress upon Seema with his poetry. Unknowingly, Seema takes him him for a dog trainer and directs him straight into her bedroom.
Omkar presumes otherwise and now thinks that Seema is interested him, so he lustily starts browsing her bedroom while Seema prepares her dog. But when Seema brings in her dog, Omkar is unable to handle the pet and manages to get away from the house.
Back in his pad with his pals, Omkar cooks up a story that he had a physical relationship with Seema and now they were deeply in love. Omkar uses this strategy to ward off thoughts in his friends of dreaming about the girl.
The other friend, Jai is more adventurous, and he tries his luck with Seema. The girl smells something fishy and calls her aunt and they give this chap a lesson of his life. He too, when back home, cooks up a similar story of having broken the ice and now being closer to the girl.
The person left is Siddharth who isn’t so interested in Seema. Accidentally he bumps into that girl, they have a lunch together and even go out for a date. Love starts blossoming between them, and this makes the other friends – Jai and Omkar jealous.
Here after it’s a journey of wits, and outwitting each other and there are quite a few genuine humorous moments. The screenplay moves on smoothly and there is freshness in the story overall. A hilarious journey of three friends.
Quite decent performances from Ali Zafar and Taapsee Pannu. The cool and breezy Taapsee is a welcome personality to Bollywood. Ali has quite a few films to his credits.
Divyendu Sharma and Siddharth put in sincere efforts and nowhere does one feel that its debut film for these guys. Rishi Kapoor and Anupam Kher are very natural in their characters.
This rom-com is shot in beautiful locales of Goa and it has a fresh feeling throughout.
Chashme Baddoor – movie review
Ali Zafar as Siddharth Kashyap
Siddharth as Jai Lakhanpal
Divyendu Sharma as Omi
Taapsee Pannu as Seema
Rishi Kapoor as Joseph Furtado
Lilette Dubey as Miss Josephine
Anupam Kher as Seema’s father
Bharti Achrekar as the Grand Mother
Ayaz Khan as Major Pratap
Shashi Kiran as the Inspector
Nikhil Chinnappa as the Police Constable
Credits & Crew:
Banner – Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Director – David Dhawan
Story – Sai Paranjpye
Screenplay – Renuka Kunzru
Dialogues by Sajid – Farhad
Music Director – Sajid – Wajid
Lyricist – Jalees Sherwani, Neelesh Misra, Kausar Munir
Editor – Nitin Rokade
Cinematography – Sanjay F Gupta
Production Designer – Shailesh Mahadik
Action – Mahender Verma
Screenplay – Renuka Kunzru
Background Music – Sandeep Shirodkar
Choreographer – Ganesh Acharya
Costume Designer – Niharika Khan