‘Motichoor Chaknachoor’ , as the name suggests, is a romantic comedy of shattering dreams. Directed by Debamitra Biswal, this film takes you to some of the most deep-rooted issues in not so glamorized parts of the country. Well, the best part about watching this film was the fact that I did not have many expectations for it. Although Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the most promising actors of the country, the trailer did not promise much to deliver. However, it is always important not to judge a book by its cover and not to build an image of the film just by its trailer.
Pushpinder Tyagi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a 36-year-old bachelor eager to get married
Based on the story of Pushpinder Tyagi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Anita Tripathi (Athiya Shetty), it is a story based in Bhopal showing the much simpler side of life. There was a time when Bollywood focused on more glamorized locations and characters. But since the times have changed, it is more about the deep-rooted Indian stories which probably is the strength of Motichoor Chaknachoor. Pushpinder Tyagi( Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is a 36-year-old bachelor who is keen to get married. His desperation has reached the level where he tells a prospect fiancé that the only requirement for the two to get married was that they were man and woman.
Anita Tripathi(Athiya Shetty) or Ani can’t wait to settle abroad and post pictures on social media
Anita Tripathi (Athiya Shetty), on the other hand, is desperate to leave India and settle abroad. Being a small-town girl with no career ambitions, she knows that the only escape is marrying an NRI boy and leave with him. Her only objective in life is settling in a glamorous city and making her friends jealous by posting pictures on social media. In her desperation, she follows the advice of her unmarried aunt (Karuna Pandey) and woos Pushpinder Tyagi who also happens to be her neighbor for marriage.
Pushpinder has been living in Dubai for the past seven years but is not successful in getting married due to the unsettling demand of dowry made by his mother. He also takes this opportunity as a blessing in disguise and ends up marrying Ankita, who likes being called Ani.
What happens next is the gist of this film.
Motichoor Chaknachoor highlights many issues faced by a common Indian in a relatable way
The story not only talks about the problems faced by NRI men being treated as an ATM machine by their families, young Indians desperate to leave the country but also one of the biggest problems in the rural Indian society which is dowry. Many young girls are unable to find suitable matches because of the same issue. It also tackles issues like marriage being one of the biggest concerns for the girls’ families and the impact of social media on the psychology of youngsters. The portrayal of the characters is realistic and relatable.
Embrace yourselves for the parts where the story gets problematic
However, all is not well in the hood as Motichoor Chaknachoor is also problematic on many levels. While Bollywood is now speaking up on issues like body-shaming, Motichoor Chaknachoor uses body-shaming for cheap laughs. Ankita, or Ani, is considered an ideal match because she is traditionally beautiful but a girl studying law is mocked because she is not slim and petite. Similarly, it has trivialised the issue of domestic abuse and Pushpinder Tyagi slaps his wife but no one seems to be concerned about it except the fact that Ani leaves home. Even in this case, Ani is persuaded to return home as ‘good girls’ should not leave their in-laws’ home.
The story is a mix of laughter and tears dealt both wisely and not-so-wisely at the same time
Film’s script also seems to lose its grip as the story progresses. While comedy is on the point in various instances, the emotional part is not as smooth as one would expect it to be considering the beginning of the film. The script becomes weak at times and fails to capture the audience’s attention.
Athiya Shetty has outdone herself since Mubarkan 2017
As one always expects the best from Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Athiya Shetty manages to leave a mark on the audience with her flawless portrayal of the Bhopal girl perfecting the accent. She is convincing enough in her role of Ani who is a fiery feisty girl despite breaking weak when the scenes become intense. However, coming from Mubarkan in 2017, Athiya Shetty has certainly shown a remarkable improvement.
Motichoor Chaknachoor is a good one time watch
Other actors like Vibha Chibber and Karuna Pandey have delivered stellar performances like always. The music is soft and soulful. By the way, Sunny Leone’s number towards the end of the film is the highlight, both refreshing and aesthetically pleasing for which she deserves all the praise. In the nutshell, Motichoor Chaknachoor is a good one time watch which might annoy you at places but still leave you smiling at places promising an easy-breezy watch in the cinema. An overall 3/5 sounds like a safe bet.