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Chef (2017)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 6 October 2017 (USA)
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Chef Roshan Kalra sets out to find the true source of happiness and reignite his passion for food while being more present in his son's life.


Raja Menon


Jon Favreau (original story), Ritesh Shah (adapted by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saif Ali Khan ... Roshan Kalra
Padmapriya ... Radha Menon (as Padmapriya Janakiraman)
Svar Kamble Svar Kamble ... Arman
Chandan Roy Sanyal ... Nuzroon
Dinesh P. Nair Dinesh P. Nair
Milind Soman ... Biju
Sobhita Dhulipala ... Vinnie
Ram Gopal Bajaj ... Roshan's Father
Pawan Chopra ... Sunil manhori
Avtaar Singh Sahani Avtaar Singh Sahani
Vikraman Nair Vikraman Nair ... Kochi: Drunkard
Ramachandran P.P. Ramachandran P.P. ... Kochi: Anil Ettan
M. Gopalakrishnan M. Gopalakrishnan ... Kochi: Union Leader
Jayan Cherthala ... Kochi: Old Mallu Customer
K.V. Srikanth Menon K.V. Srikanth Menon ... Kochi: Bala


Chef Roshan Kalra sets out to find the true source of happiness and reignite his passion for food while being more present in his son's life.

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

6 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kochi, Kerala, India See more »


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Did You Know?


In the scene when Roshan,Nazrul,Alex and Ary reach Goa,Roshan mentions that he had once come to Goa 20 years ago, along with 2 friends and met a foreigner girl,who later robbed him.It is a reference to the 2001 movie Dil Chahta Hai in which Saif comes to Goa with Aamir Khan and Akshay Khanna, and gets robbed by Christine,a foreigner hippie girl. See more »


References Dil Chahta Hai (2001) See more »


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Saif Gets his Mojo Back
7 October 2017 | by nandidotSee all my reviews

In my mind Raja Krishna Menon's 'Chef' will be remembered as the movie that helped Saif Ali Khan get his mojo back. Mr. Khan's acting career has been suffering for the last few years. Some bad luck and some worse decisions have led to some awful films. While his last release 'Rangoon' was decent it didn't help his prospects at the movies. With Chef he finds himself again…much like his character does.

Chef, a remake of Jon Favreau's 2014 movie by the same name, is about Roshan, a chef in New York City going through a midlife crisis. After finally achieving his dreams of running a kitchen he is now in a slump. His work doesn't excite him, he has lost his passion for cooking, and his emotions are out of control. An impulsive decision takes him to Kochi, India where he reunites with his ex-wife and son. While trying to make up for lost time and bonding with his son Roshan gets a new lease on life.

Director Raja Krishna Menon has weaved a simple tale about family, fighting for your dreams, and what it means to find contentment. The tone, throughout the movie, is mellow and soft. While this does make you restless at times it's also why the film works to a certain extent. Moments such as the North Indian father being shocked that his son had never eaten chole bhature bring a smile to your face. I also enjoyed the relationships in the movie. The father-son bond as well as the exes' dynamic was rather refreshing and stayed away from dramatic clichés.

The biggest takeaway from the movie is Saif Ali Khan. He sinks his teeth into the role and delivers a fully realized character complete with faults and dad humor. It's his most restrained and real performance in years. Padmapriya Janakiraman, who plays Roshan's estranged wife Radha, is quite good as well as is the young actor who plays their son. The music is soothing in the moment but not particularly memorable. The camera captures some beautiful shots of Kochi, a place you don't normally see in North Indian films.

This is a slow movie, no two words on that. Solutions to problems are convenient and relationships are mended too easily. But if you enjoy gentle stories about characters finding themselves chances are this will satisfy that craving.

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