Ghanchakkar Reviews

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July 16, 2014
I don't know why critics & audience both trashed Raj Kumar Gupta's Ghanchakkar?. Have to say, it is enjoyable. There are very few Indian films which have such kind of absurdness & dark feel. I don't know how it feels to be an amnesiac but Emraan Hashmi was simply awesome in his role of amnesiac thief. Yeah... it gets pretty boring in second half but there are very few Indian films that starts with a cute animation sequence & ends with extremely violent train scene. Also it has one of the most hilarious bank robberies ever.
½ June 25, 2014
One of the most powerful endings in Hindi cinema till date... loved the entire build up to a climax that never explodes... a style that I had always liked about Humayun Ahmed novels
March 31, 2014
Nicely done! Very intriguing story and suspense kept until last minute. Like it..
½ June 28, 2013
I thought it was pretty funny and clever.
December 24, 2013
A hugely underrated suspense-comedy-drama that is also a very good character study.
November 8, 2013
Just watched this movie on Netflix. I am happy to say that I watched a good (or almost great if not for a few hiccups) in a while. I was very surprised to read so many negative review but II thought the movie had an excellent story line, great script, almost a flawless execution, and the acting too was not bad. May be a few glitches here and there - like the over stressed punjabi accent of Vidya, but that does not make the whole movie bad. I was surprised to hear that climax was bad - so what were they expecting - Imran gets back his memory in the end and they live happily ever after!? - crap. If one cannot accept a novel storyline which is off the beaten track how does one expect the quality of our movies to improve? Frankly speaking I haven't watched a movie in recent times which kept the suspense going till the last minute (literally). The director also successfully brings out the emotional aspects of the 4 main characters who start suspecting each other in the ensuing confusion. The twists that happen towards the climax scene on the local train are quite good and not very easy to guess. On top of that one can hardly guess where the money was kept till the very last minute. Overall a very good suspense thriller with some situational comedy - a must watch if you are a fan of suspense thrillers.
½ October 20, 2013
Interesting enough to be called NOT BAD
September 20, 2013
It is a common practice amongst the filmmakers to add an unnecessary but high impact item song in an upcoming dud movie and market that entire movie around that song, so that at least the movie receives a decent opening and considerably recovers the making cost within the first week of its release. But, to do this whole marketing drama around a 'character in the movie' is unheard of. 'Ghanchakkar' breaks all conventional norms by doing so, and sadly only therein lies the innovative effort of this movie! The entire movie hype is created around Vidya's character i.e. of that of a boisterous and voluptuous Punjabi woman who is highly into so called (read weird) fashion wear and who cannot cook well. But this character is of no pivotal consequence to the movie. It neither defines the pace nor serves the climax of the movie! In fact the movie's climax and ending make no sense at all.

In recent history, both Vidya and Emraan are known to give sure shot hits and their last venture together 'The Dirty Picture' received both commercial and critical acclaim. Announcement of their next venture with an experimental and hit director like Rajkumar Gupta ('Aamir' and 'No One Killed Jessica') created a lot of expectation as both the actors are known to do wonders with a little offbeat commercial movies. But it seems that even during their golden phase, actors cannot create a hit out of a half hearted script and direction. In spite of Vidya's trademark acting, you do feel that a Huma Qureshi or a Parineeti Chopra would have done a better justice to the role. Reasons - a) because Vidya's Punjabi accent doesn't appear effortless or consistent, and b) her recent marriage to the movie's producer (Siddharth Roy Kapur of UTV Motion Pictures) and over exposure due to her impeccable Sabyasachi clad presence in award shows and Cannes Film Festival, kind of weighs heavily over her make believe character in the movie. Rajesh Sharma's acting and characterization are both consistent throughout the movie. Namit has acted well but characterization is not so clear.
½ September 7, 2013
An honest attempt at a black comedy...just goes haywire after the intermission
August 31, 2013
Seriously misunderstood movie. One of the best Dark Comedy movies ever made
August 30, 2013
climax is so clumsily written!
½ August 28, 2013
One hell of a movie with un-thought ending but at some point watchers will be bored because the storyline is expanded unnecessarily. Overall a great pastime movie with fine sense of humour.
August 23, 2013
Boring, irritating. The film could have been made better
June 29, 2013
Day: Monday
Date: 5 Aug 2013
Time: 9.30 pm
With: Noone
On: Laptop
August 14, 2013
Great direction! Loved the movie. However certain points could have been made more interesting.
Emran is good, Vidya is her self...:)
Worth a watch !
June 25, 2013
The entire runtime keeps you glued to the storyline only to end in the most abysmal way. An anti-climatic ending in commercial Indian cinema is more than just a suicidal experiment that might give the movie a fool proof nose dive at the box office. Ghanchakkar was more or less a Shinkansen train that came to a bullock cart ending leaving the 'targeted audience' in a never ending limbo.
½ July 20, 2013
The first half comedy is good. Second half is boring. I found Vidya Balan quite hot, as always. Maybe because I am just a sucker for her ;-). The climax in the Mumbai Local Train was more anti-climactic.
½ July 16, 2013
a good slow paced comedy movie....could had been better with a little faster screenplay but still good enough to make u laugh inbetween
July 12, 2013
A bit too slow for its genre.Still decent enough.
July 7, 2013
Really Disappointing movie with loose script.
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