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Chalk N Duster (2016)

CHALK N DUSTER is an emotional journey of two teachers Vidya ( Shabana Azmi) & Jyoti ( Juhi Chawla) , serving at a Mumbai - based High School. Their passion and love for teaching, bonds ... See full summary »

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Jayant Gilatar

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Ranjeev Verma (as Ranjeev Varma), Neetu Varma (co-writer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richa Chadha ... Journalist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shabana Azmi ... Vidya
Arya Babbar ... Anmol
Gavie Chahal Gavie Chahal
Juhi Chawla ... Jyoti
Karan Singh Chhabra ... Vidya's Student
Deepali Deepali
Divya Dutta ... Kamini Gupta
Adi Irani
Rishi Kapoor ... Special Appearance
Girish Karnad ... Manohar Sawant
Saheeba Khurana Saheeba Khurana
Atul Parchure
Jackie Shroff ... Naresh Patel
Upasna Singh ... Manjeet
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CHALK N DUSTER is an emotional journey of two teachers Vidya ( Shabana Azmi) & Jyoti ( Juhi Chawla) , serving at a Mumbai - based High School. Their passion and love for teaching, bonds them in a special relationship with their students. Their gratification is good grades, moral values they strive to impart to students.However, in an evil turn of events, a wicked lady, Kamini Gupta ( Divya Dutta) gets appointed as the School Principal, who earlier worked in the capacity of a Supervisor. She is extremely cunning by nature and monopolizes on every opportunity she can find her hands on. In a bid to make profits for the school, she decides to fire experienced teachers to replace them with fresher teachers. The saved funds of which she can boastfully present to the school trustees, at the cost of quality education. Vidya suffers a sudden heart attack due to her dismissal from school. The school management threatens the staff to cut ties with Vidya. At such a time, Jyoti stands up for her ... Written by Production House

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Country:

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

15 January 2016 (India) See more »

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Surani Pictures See more »
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Juhi Chawla got Manoj Bajpayee replaced from the film as she did not believe he looked like a quiz master. Her reasoning was he looked too poor for the role. Rishi Kapoor was later cast for the role. See more »

Goofs

(Around 01:20:00) The team of surgeons announces a "100% blockage in LAD" coronary artery and proceeds with angioplasty. However, an LAD blockage, especially in a diabetic person, is supposed to be treated with coronary artery bypass graft surgery, according to the medical protocols. See more »

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As expected. Go for the performances, not for the plot or direction.
19 January 2016 | by shwetanjalihegdeSee all my reviews

Disclaimer: This is not an unbiased review because I have really missed seeing Juhi Chawla light up the screen all these years!

As expected, Chalk N Duster is a feel-good, underdog-to-winner story. Unfortunately, there's a bunch of overly dramatic/idealistic scenes especially in the second half that leave gaping holes in the plot, and the last 15 minutes are completely illogical. But I could watch Juhi and Shabana on screen forever! Juhi Chawla is simply adorable - I caught myself smiling every time she appeared on screen! Shabana Azmi delivers a stellar performance as usual, and with Girish Karnad, she moved me to tears of heartbreak and joy. Divya Dutta managed to pull off an unreasonably villainous character with finesse.

Watch it for Juhi and Shabana. Otherwise, skip it - the movie is typically idealistic and predictable.


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