|Page 1 of 3:||  |
|Index||30 reviews in total|
I saw director Vivek Agnihotri saying that "this film you can show
around the world and proudly say that this is Indian cinema... this
film is for intelligent people...". i went to see and i found that its
a DUBBED version of Usual Suspect.
after HUM TUM ( harry met sally), salam namaste( nine months)now it is CHOCOLATE (ususal Suspect). i don't understand the logic of these directors...i think Indian government should stop releasing English movies in India so we can feel bollywood movies are original, and we can save our money.
the answer of each director over this is same...its inspired...or ....its just coincident....well chocolate is not inspired it is clone of usual suspect. the director beat Mr. Deepak Tijori (KHAMOSH/IDENTITY). thats what i can say.
2 minutes into the movie, and you know that it is a lift(No, i wont use
the word "remake" or "adapted from" because that's what it is, a lift)
of "The Usual Suspects". When there was a buzz about "Chocolate" during
the build up and ever since we heard about the movie, i expected
something else but as it turns out, it's a rehash of the 1995 Hollywood
flick. I am OKAY with adaptations and inspirations but what irks me is
that they don't even acknowledge the supposed adaptation. Come to think
of it, there's no "adaptation" here, it's plain lifting. The end comes
as no surprise to anyone who's seen the original. I was also reading
Mr. Taran Adarsh's review and believe it or not, even he seemed to like
the idea of adapting, he "adapted" from James Berardinelli's review of
The Usual Suspects! ("The movie borrows from dozens of sources --
Hitchcock, Scorsese, the Coen brothers and just about every master of
the genre, past or present". Check this line out in James' review of
I wont comment on the dialogues and screenplay since there's nothing new here. Anil Kapoor, as the egoistic lawyer, was over the top a few times and his voice-over kind of sounded affected ( "With every case i became smart, smarter, smartest"...cheesy) . Irrfan was expectedly the best among the lot and makes the movie watchable, if only because of his presence.He easily overshadows Anil in their confrontation scenes. His glowering eyes and perfectly restrained performance is a treat to watch. Here's an actor i'll go miles to watch. Arshad Warsi does good in the limited scope that he has. The rest of the cast are alright.
At the end of it, "Chocolate" is not an effort worthy of appreciation.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Chocolate is a shot-by-shot, sometimes scene-by-scene and many times
dialogue-by-dialogue rip-off of Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects.
Maybe it was a tribute to that film on it's ten-year anniversary since
that was released in 1995. Nevertheless, this movie is an awful rehash.
And i am appalled by the director making claims about it's originality
and brilliance. It's just shameful. After the movie I did not feel bad
about wasting money on this but I was let down because of the
unscrupulous nature of the filmmaker. It is just a shame. Of course,
there some minor changes, Kobayashi from the original was made into
Rashomon (oh turning-in-the-grave bits). Keyser Soze was made into
Murtaza Arzaai and the works. This film doesn't deserve any applause.
Sorry, Vivek Agnihotri, you are a liar.
Loads of T&A. The acting was good in parts. Anil Kapoor went overboard on some occasions and there were some funny one-liners but nothing which would make you look beyond the lying, cheating and stealing (The Movie Idea that is.) People always complain about the lack of originality in Bollywood nowadays. there isn't a paucity of ideas but due to directors like these. He's a first-time director if I am not mistaken. and instead of breaking the norm, he went ahead and took the plunge. i saw many other reviews in Indian dailies and Indian news websites. not many of them have mentioned anything about this movie being a rip-off. i am totally angered with this dishonesty.
Newcomer director Vivek Agnihotri took the plunge of directly
ripping-off the Hollywood hit 'Usual Suspects' in Bollywood as the lame
excuse for a movie called 'Chocolate'.
Nothing is in the right place in this movie. Be it acting, storytelling, hard-hitting dialogues or even the screenplay. No loose ends are tied in the end. No explanations are provided for the actions of the characters. We never get to know why do these five friends (Irfan Khan, Suniel Shetty, Emraan Hashmi, Arshad Warsi and Tanushree Dutta) keep committing one crime after another. No explanations have been provided for the eccentricities of the lawyer, Krish Pundit (played by Anil Kapoor). Why does the character of Monsoon Iyer (played by Sushma Reddy) acts like Anil Kapoor's Personal Assistant if she is a crime reporter? And Krish Pundit says that he doesn't care if the characters of Irfan Khan and Tanushree Dutta are guilty or innocent. Still, he wants them to tell him the true story linking them to the boat incident and truck robbery! After all, he is their lawyer and he's bound to fight for their cause even if they're lying to him or not saying anything at all.
Music is pleasing to the ears. 'Mummy ko nahi hai pata' and 'halka halka' are the picks of the lot. Editing could've been sharper.Probably the editor was sleeping throughout the whole movie. Cinematography is awesome. If 'Chocolate' scores in any department it would be in the cinematography department as the beauty of London and its winter had been captured to the fullest. Vivek Agnihotri should be applauded for attempting something different but the problem lies in his execution. He doesn't know how to tell a story.
'Chocolate' is the worst remake of 'Usual Suspects' which was a success at the box-office and was declared a classic. I would recommend that you rather borrow the DVD of 'Usual Suspects' instead.
The best part of this movie i the way it captures London in winter...not just the buildings but the spirit manages to enter the frame !! The movie is inspired from usual suspects with the hot scene of basic instinct thrown in for good measure... It is difficult to believe 20 billion pounds being transferred with no escort cars !!! but this movie wants you to believe that apart from a lot of stories with holes more than any pound of swiss cheese will have !!! Tanushree Dutta sure has it to make it big., hope she makes some good career choices...Irrfan, Arshad, Emraan( for a change no kisses !!) all OK, Anil simply doesn't know what over the top acting is all about... Sushma makes a debut rather late in her career and unless many of her scenes are in editing floor, it is rather a sad debut... The redeeming feature is the ending where it differs from usual suspects and the ending is actually a happy one at that !! 3 out of 5...
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
While it's true that this movie is a rip-off of "The Usual Suspects,"
it is still a highly entertaining Bollywood film. Considering that many
Bollywood films don't have plots this intricate, I consider this a good
There are some key differences: the suspect is not being interrogated by investigators; a woman is added to the gang (which makes for better wet-dress dance scenes); and while some elements of the ending are the same, it is (to my mind) a different ending.
I would recommend this movie to people just starting to appreciate Bollywood films: the familiar plot will make it easy to follow, though it ruins the surprise.
My wife rented this movie from the local Desi video store (of course it was bootlegged) and I caught bits and pieces of it while she was watching but what caught my attention was right at the end as all was being revealed. I noticed how it was all lifter directly from "The Usual Suspects" and so I asked her to describe the plot to me in as much detail as possible. Her description was exactly the plot in The Usual Suspects. She said it was probably coincidence so to prove it, I had her play the ending scene for Chocolate and then I played the ending on my laptop side by side and lo-and behold, it was identical. It's really disheartening to see Indian movies that are exact copies of Hollywood movies and don't even give credit to the original. People who have not seen the original will tout this as a wonderful movie but those of us who know better see it for what it is, a complete rip off of a wonderful movie.
Innumerable movies have been copied and perhaps "Chocolate" qualifies
for the worst when it comes to adapting for Bollywood. For starters,
the story line is loaded with complexity. Added to it are the sub-plots
which are far too many and should have been trimmed down to aid the
comprehension of the Bollywood audience. And the non-linear progression
adds to the woes. There are too many unwarranted "sex" references (read
that "force-fit"). Basing the London was a bad idea.
Performance wise Anil Kapoor delivers a strong screen-presence. Next is Arshad Warsi. Tanushree Dutta attempts hard to display her "oomph". Emran Hashmi hardly leaves an impact. Sunil Shetty was extremely wooden. Irfan Khan is perhaps the worst considering the expectations that would arise when his name is associated with the project. Sushma Reddy is awful on both department, choice of costumes and acting.
I was amused to the opening credits stating "Inspired Films" presents. I suppose "Plagiarised Films" would more more apt.
Don't be put off by tripe written about this film comparing it to the
original. Just as 'Vanilla sky' was not as good as 'Open Your Eyes',
this film may not be as good as the Usual Suspects but it is a very
credible attempt at remaking the original for Indian audience. What
would be the point in making the exact original, as the context and
audience are different. If one could make a remake the original as good
as, or better than the original, then it would denigrate the original.
Why bother to go and see a remake if you expect to see the original.
Why not except how good the original was and what brave attempt it is
to try and pay homage to the original in the remake.
Yes the songs are crap and were unnecessary to the story line. Anil Kapoor and Irfan Khan with their new looks have given depth to their characters. The rest of the cast is mediocre and can't match the performance of two leading actors. Sushma Reddy can't act that is certain. Tanushree Dutta may be the obligatory pretty face in Indian movies, but she tries hard to give some twist to the story line and her relationship with Irfan Khan. Cinematography is quite refreshing for an Indian film and is homage to the original. Some of the plot lines are weak and lack credibility but the pace and continuity of the film certainly keeps you guessing. I kept thinking till the end that it would end like the original with Kevin Spacy walking out on his own. The end shot did come as a surprise, as it gave the story some freshness, even though it may appeal to sugar sentimentality of Indian Audience. Do see this film and then see the original again and except the original may be best but this remake is not bad as first Film from a young directors who is not afraid to tread dangerous ground.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Usual Suspects(1995) was a superb thriller, which won critical
acclaim. In 2002, Sanjay Gupta copied the first half from it and made
KAANTE and rest from Reservior Dogs. While in the same year 2005,
Anubhav Sinha borrowed Kevin Spacey's role from that film and made
DUS.That film kept the climax revelation also same, wherein Pankaj
Kapur was actually a terrorist acting like someone else. Finally Vivek
Agnihotri decided to remake the film and that too unofficially. The
film borrows almost 70% from that film and rest is Bollywood stuff. In
the original, Kevin Spacey was the only character revealing the story,
here we have an added romantic interest Tanushree Dutta. The film tries
to be different too, instead of convicts in the original here we have
wannabe musicians. The film tries too hard to look cool, we have actors
imitate Hollywood styles. In that film An agent interrogates Kevin,
here we have Anil play an egoistic lawyer, who acts like a retard many
times. There is sex, sleaze everything forced in. There are scenes
copied like the interval scene, the boat scene, also the end is almost
similar though changed in the indianised version. The film has several
loopholes like Suneil Shetty suddenly screaming that he is Murtaza
Arzai for no reason. Keazer Soze is changed to Murtaza Arzai with the
similar background story
Direction is decent though it's ruined due to the film being a hotchpotch version of the original. Music by Pritam is decent, Jhuki Jhuki,Halka Halka,Mummy, Bheega Bheega sa are all good songs and well picturisations(though mostly aping English songs), Khalish is a good song yet forced
Amongst actors, all mostly try to copy Hollywood style of acting Anil Kapoor does well as Krish Pandit in his own style though his accent seems odd, also he overdoes at times to show eccentric nature of the character. Irrfan Khan is awesome in the role played by Kevin Spacey, Suneil Shetty does his part well, though his accent too jars, Arshad Warsi and Emraan Hashmi are wasted in small roles, Tanushree Dutta in her second film is okay, her voice dubbed by Pallavi Joshi doesn't suit her, Sushma Reddy is okay Raj Jhutsi overacts, rest are all okay The film has weird names for characters like Rocker, Pipi.etc
|Page 1 of 3:||  |
|Plot summary||Ratings||External reviews|
|Official site||Plot keywords||Main details|
|Your user reviews||Your vote history|