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Rishi, the son of legendary Raj Kapoor, decides to try his hand at politics, and to garner support, re-locates to his birth village, Hadbahedi. The village is located in an isolated area ... See full summary »

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Rishi, the son of legendary Raj Kapoor, decides to try his hand at politics, and to garner support, re-locates to his birth village, Hadbahedi. The village is located in an isolated area where most trains do not stop, and electricity is only available for about 6 hours a day. He also decides to shoot a film 'Khooni Khazana' with Producer/Director, Malkani. Once there, he secretly makes a deal to lend his name to an alcoholic beverage, in exchange for a plot of land in nearby Triphala, and one Crore Rupees, while pledging to the naive villagers that he has no intention to re-locating anywhere. Misled villagers believe Hadbahedi will get popular and modernized, and decide to assist him with all their might. Things escalate into chaos, and anger, when they find out that their valuables are being stolen, and the women being molested, by the film crew, while the police accuse them of harboring a terrorist who was responsible for the December 13, 2001, attack on the Indian Parliament. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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"Hum Hadbahedi wale dil ki hi sunte hain"
7 November 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

First thing first, Chintuji is not another run-of-the-mill entertainer nor is it a great artistic exuberance. Most of the things would just look average to a casual cine goer. But if you understand cinema a bit closely, the film makers vision truly comes alive. Though the social satire in Chintuji is not easily palpable, but given the long association of Ranjit as a dialogue writer of films on social and political milieu (Jaane bhi.., Lajja, Bandit queen, Halla bol etc.) his vision to bring some of those issues in such simplistic manner is appreciable.

Chintuji has an excellent script, and had it been by a directed better versed with such movies it could have been a masterpiece. But Ranjit failed on this front. The movie seems more like a theatre drama, and the unbelievable honesty of 'Hadbahedi wale' making it all the more cheezy. Probably to make it a commercially viable movie, Ranjit has put some undesirable stuffs including a couple of songs which in fact did not go down well with the viewers. (Though I personally liked the Akira Kurosawa song which named a lot of big directors from all over the globe. Whosoever wrote that lyrics, did a good job.) Also, some of the scenes should really have been done in a much better way (like the one where Kulraj chases away the inspector).

Acting is a major saving grace of Chintuji. Rishi Kapor, Priyanshu, Kulraj... all are in top form. I wonder when will some one re-exploit Priyanshu's full potential like Anubhav did in Tum Bin. Kseniya's special appearance after 40 long years is a big surprise.

Over all, a good movie to watch for its honest storytelling.


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