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2/10
Something is Really Off Here / Grade D-
nairtejas24 November 2020
There's something really off about Chhalaang (A leap) but I cannot put a finger on it. Plus it's hard to agree with whatever the sports drama advocates, including this one time where a coach cheats to let a student win a game (and no one bats an eye). That is the exact problem I had with Nitesh Tiwari's Chhichhore (2019) last year (but it was a smaller sin then) which co-incidentally uses the same typeface as this in its posters. Chhalaang aims to be about grit and determination and romance but the lead character's bumptiousness prevents me from taking him and the film seriously. It annoys you a little when the man (Rajkummar), a slacking fitness coach at a small rural school, is forced to pull up his socks at the sight of a nemesis coach assigned by the principal. And yet his traits don't change and I don't see any motivational element in it. Performances are on point but the lead character's tired interests prevented me from enjoying this otherwise well-made film. Grade D-.
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5/10
Just another frivolously made short jump (choti chhalaang) by Bollywood.
SAMTHEBESTEST13 November 2020
Chhalaang (2020) : Movie Review -

Chhalaang was lucky not to release with high expectations because the trailer clearly said that it is nothing new but just same old traditional bollywood stuff. Hero falls in love with heroine, third guy enters in this emerging Love story, hero feels jealous, challenges him and defeats him in close match. Chhalaang is as predictable as this typical 90s formula which is by far outdated in today's time but then it has sports issues to deal with. Whether it manages to deal with the issue or not is a different argument altogether, but yes we have it and we have it in outdated and predictable manners. If all this 90s or may be 80s formulatic drama if I'm not wrong makes to your watchlist in 2020 then you should definitely watch Chhalaang this diwali.

Chhalaang is a story of a lazy and ambitionless PT coach Mohinder aka Montu who falls in love with a computer teacher Ms. Neelima. However their first introduction spoils his dreams, he tries to convince her through apologies and few local heroic tricks. Then the 3rd guy Mr. Singh enters in this emerging love story and Montu decides to take him on. Both the coaches makes this small challenge look like a national war and we all know who wins at the end. Chhalaang never ever looks like trying something new, it doesn't even bother putting new techniques in the love story nor it bothers doing something in screenplay. It looks rough right from the first frame till the last one and somehow manages to make an average flick with the help of performance and postive outcome.

Rajkummar Rao is a brilliant actor and we have seen him taking tough challenges so this Montu character is too lightweighted according to his standard. He deserves better and tougher roles which can suit his potential but this Montu is very ordinary. Nushrat Bharucha looks gorgeous and handles local accent beautifully. Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub also gets underwhelming role to play and he does it like an easy daily life course such as walking or sleeping. Supporting cast is fine but remains unnoticed because of weak writing.

Chhalaang did not stand a chance to come out as a good film because it falters in the on paper writing but directorial efforts make it look even more weaker than it was. Lame execution in almost every aspect kills the potential of decent story is somehow saved by Music and Performances. As far as such films are being made audience will keep saying, "Enough of old school books, Bollywood needs to think out of the box or at least try something new". Overall, Chhalang got nothing new to offer but still it's an average watchable flick when there is nothing else to watch. Hopefully people won't show much interest to see just another frivolous short jump made by Bollywood filmmakers hence they might come with something new next time. It is hard to believe a creative mind like Hansal Mehta came up with something like this because he's one of those from whom we expect something innovative and hard hitting.

RATING - 5/10*
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3/10
Average, predictable, OK for one-time viewing.
Amyth4713 December 2020
My Rating : 3/10

Very cliché movie - similar to all the other sport movies of late however it's not as great as those.

Rajkummar Rao does his usual small-town boy act - all very predictable.

One time watch.
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7/10
Fun family movie with social message(s).
MuviFan7314 November 2020
Importance of sports in life and career wise.

Empowering women.

Never give up attitude.

Challenging oneself to win by sweating for an extra mile.

.....are among the social issues handled here.

The story is fun and appealing in the ways, above than the said words.
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6/10
A watchable fare.
nadkarnisumeet18 November 2020
Chhalaang review :

In a significant departure from his serious cinema, director Hansal Mehta's Chhalaang is a light hearted rom com with a dash of 'khel- kood' drama thrown in. Written by Luv Ranjan, the plot, especially the second half, is quite predictable but still makes for a satisfactory festive weekend watch with family. Provided you keep your expectations low.

Of the cast, Rajkummar Rao is earnest as ever in the lead role. Nushrat Bharucha resembles Deepa Sahi a lot but isn't able to match her in acting skills. The supporting cast comprising Saurabh Shukla, Satish Kaushik and Ila Arun are sincere.

Not great nor too bad a film, Chhalaang is better than Ludo and Laxmii - the other two OTT releases this Diwali. Atleast, it doesn't spoil your mood!!

Regards, Sumeet Nadkarni.
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6/10
I like first half
katyayan-128924 February 2021
Review By Kamal K

Watched this movie last night. Was planning to watch for half an hour but couldn't resist myself to stop and completed the whole movie. The story is simple but the way it's been woven is too effective and feels extra ordinary. Rajkumar Rao once again impressed me with his tremendous performance so as Nusrat and Saurabh Shukla. Nicely written dialogues and few of them make a unforgettable mark on your senses. Importance of sports in the school curriculum and how people in India perceive sports is effectively shown. Overall nice to watch after a long waiting period on OTT.
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6/10
Rajkummar Rao is slowly developing as an immensely versatile talent.
SoumikBanerjee2516 November 2020
"Chhalaang", Hansal Mehta's fifth time collaboration with Rajkummar Rao; is a breezy entertainer. Being an above average execution at best, especially keeping in mind the excellent track record of Mr. Mehta in recent times; It just about delivers as a pastime.



Hansal Mehta has a distinctive style in his craft. As we have seen several times with his outings like Omerta, Citylights, Shahid, Aligarh or the recent hit Scam 1992. All those being critically acclaimed and inordinately loved by the audience. As a result with any of his new projects; the expectations are usually sky-high. Perhaps those exceeding confidence should be the one to take all the blames.

A message is indeed there, the intent is discernible but an underwhelming execution failing to match those ideas on a similar level. Performances are great. The writings on every character had me surprised. Even the smaller roles made an impact. It's technically well made with a competent work behind the lens & a fitting soundscore! However In all fairness, all the flaws & loopholes in the script subdued its other qualities.

Conveying the gravitas of 'Sports' and its irrefutable positive effects on children is laudable. But it was never set up as a sports drama, nor it had any naive intentions to do so. The sole focus was always on the underdog story of Rajkummar Rao as Montu and his journey from an ignorant fool to a sensible being. Hence, after its first half the storyline lost its charm and began its slow & unfortunate descent into mediocrity.
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4/10
Very ordinary
ronakkotian14 November 2020
The collaboration between Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao is a force to be reckoned with. They've given us great films like Shahid, Aligarh, Citylights and Omerta. Their fifth collaboration, Chhalaang is not up to the mark.

Chhalaang follows Montu, a PT teacher who is very lazy with his job. One day a senior PT teacher arrives and both clash with each other, leading to a sports competition between them to decide who gets to keep their job.

I really like Mehta and Rao's previous works together but this time they decided to do something more mainstream and accessible. The end product is Chhalaang, which is one of the most ordinary and unoriginal films pf the year. The film isn't terribly bad per se but it's nothing special or memorable like their previous films. This doesn't feel like a Hansal Mehta film as all his other movies feel grounded in reality but some of the events that take place in this film don't feel realistic at all. The sports competition is something I've seen countless times and is riddled with all the clichés you can expect. Nothing about it is very exciting or new. It's too predictable. What the film does do well is the authenticity of Haryana. The accents and location help in making the state feel real.

The acting is pretty good. Rajkummar Rao is great as usual. There is a great scene with him and Satish Kaushik drinking during the night and the way he delivers dialogue is really well done. Nushrat Bharucha does well but it felt strange seeing her character wear high heels throughout the movie. Saurabh Shukla and Jatin Sarna provide a couple of laughs and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is pretty good as well.

Overall, Chhalaang is very predictable and forgettable. Nothing new or creative is done with this kind of story and nothing stands out in particular. Unfortunately it's just another basic sports drama...
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6/10
Predictable but still enjoyable
cseabhi28 November 2020
Well there is nothing new in this entire movie, and you can predict almost each scenes of the climax but still the movie is enjoyable.

There are some good dialouges in the movie and some really good performances from the cast.
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7/10
Family film
waqassaleem-8520121 November 2020
A really hilarious family film. Outstanding humor. Story was ok kind of predictable. But good to watch with the family. Performances of the cast were outstanding especially the supporting cast.
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5/10
Never give up
tushargupta-2728615 November 2020
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This movie story is amazing and nice . Never give up in our life overall movie is ok
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6/10
Good festival movie
sameerlodaya13 November 2020
This is the movie you can enjoy with your family on these festivals days

It's a normal story but well directed by Hansal mehta of course not like scam

Rajkumar is the hero of this Diwali by giving fabulous performances in ludo and this movie

Nushrat killed with her expressions and others contributed well

The movie is hilarious but needed some good edit and songs

Like other good sports movies this has also kept the vibration on

It is entertaining
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8/10
Hansal - Rajkumar Duo never disappoints us.
MandalBros-514 November 2020
We all know what will happen at the last in this kind of films, but we watch only to know how it'll happen. Chhalaang is a fun film to watch. If there was only comedy then maybe this would've been not a very good movie, but as there is also sports it became a very good movie.

The movie is more engaging mainly in the 2nd half. The sports techniques were executed very well. The movie is full of very good actors and everyone acted very well. This also teaches that sports is very important part in childhood. At last, like Ludo, Chhalaang will also leave you with a smile on your face.
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6/10
Very simple story
shovonbhattachrjee8 December 2020
Story is very simple but acting is superb. If you have time you can watch this.
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7/10
Chhalaang
dhavalpithwa15 November 2020
Hillarious movie ... Mind blowing Rajkumar Rao Brilliant & Zeenat Ayyub Was Also gd ... Story Was Nice ....
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Chhalaang, On Amazon Prime Video, Has Good Moments That Get Lost In A Mountain Of Cliches
shefali-5924413 November 2020
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Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao constitute one of Hindi cinema's most potent artistic collaborations. Their films - Shahid, for which Rajkummar won a National Award, City Lights, Aligarh, Omerta - are blistering, probing portraits of the state of our world. In Chhalaang, Hansal and Rajkummar attempt something more mainstream. They tell the uplifting story of a PT teacher in small-town Haryana, who finds his purpose in life through coaching the weakest kids in the school into a winning team. I suspect this conventional narrative went against their DNA. Chhalaang isn't tear-your-hair-out awful. It's just ordinary.

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10/10
Full of Entertainment !!!
rahul00099424 November 2020
Hansal Mehta delivered again. The movie was quite simple. The plot was already known after watching the trailer. But Yes, it is worth watching. Rajkummar Rao & Nusrat Bharucha have shown great skills of acting. But the USP for the movie was Mohammad Zeeshan Aayub. He has perfectly nailed his character of 'I.M. Singh'. The Supporting cast of Saurabh Shukla, Satish Kaushik, Ila Arun have also performed excellently. The 2nd half should not be missed at any cost!!
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8/10
Nice watch
Harshithnagraj10 January 2021
I decided not to watch this movie because it got average rating but my friend said that you can definitely give a try. Then I watched this movie and it doesn't failed and definitely a one time watchable drama. Same old story with some good intentions.
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5/10
OKAYISH
neetabora14 November 2020
First half is superb but second half is too stretched. Couldn't feel any connection with any character shown. The story seems shaky - couldn't get the point of the movie. All 5 stars for everyone's acting.
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5/10
Predictable but not bad.
shashankpatel-373699 December 2020
The story revolves around two concepts. One a love story and other is about proving your self. Rajkumar Rao is shown as careless person who was living his life with no aim or point falls in love with Nusrat. The love story takes further Where Rajkumar has to prove him self against the school he is working. It's funny somewhere but otherwise predictable. Though if you are watching for first time, it won't bore you either. Overall it's ok ok.
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7/10
Good inspirational movie
mujtabasaif78616 November 2020
The first half of the movie is funny and the second half of the movie is so inspirational.
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5/10
Nice and sweet comedy
shumailzafar23 November 2020
Good Movie.nice and funny movie to watch good storyline.
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7/10
Not bad
ayushparasar22 December 2020
The first half of the movie is very good and entertaining, the second half a bit predictable yet okay to watch, because what you want to happen in the movie actually happens so you won't feel bad - because it's a feel good light movie. Good for one time watch with family.

What stands out is Rajkumar's and Ayyub's strong performances. However, would have given a few more stars if there would have been more comedy somehow in the second half.
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5/10
Predictable
manigarg000018 November 2020
The movie is predictable at every single point. With such a good star cast it does not meet expectations. Acting is excellent. Music is okay. The story was very weak and old, otherwise it could have been made into a great movie. It also felt unreal sometimes. It is a good movie for time pass. Don't expect great things from it.
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8/10
Great work
manojitbaidya21 November 2020
I like it... All carecter done their job good, specially Sing sir (Mohammad Zeesan Aiub). But the slap seen should be removed, the girl pinky slap the boy who is so younger than her & neither girls and nore boyes have the right to slap each other... Scrept writer or Director should remember this.
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