Starring: Anuj Saxena, Neha Pawar, Mohinder Gujral
Directed by: Sachin Gupta
Music: Vikram Khajuria, Vasundhara Das
A renowned name in the field of performing arts, Sachin Gupta brings to you his first feature film, Paranthe Wali Gali. Having won several accolades for his contribution to theatre, he decided to try his hands on film direction. But Paranthe Wali Gali could not favour his decision. The film turns out to be a naïve attempt in terms of direction and concept.
Plot: Paranthe Wali Gali traces the story of a theatre artist, Maulik, struggling to establish a name in the theatre industry. His struggle sees an end when an incident devastates him and he loses himself completely. Will he be able to overcome his past and revive his love for theatre, is what forms the crux of the story.
Performances: The lead actors, Anuj Saxena and Neha Pawar, have been a part of Sachin Gupta’s theatre group and thus it wasn’t surprising that he chose them as leads. While Anuj Saxena lacked emotion and expression, Neha Pawar was way too enthusiastic. Both of them fail to bring out authenticity in their characters and the much required chemistry between them was also missing.
The only believable performance came from the senior most artist, Mohinder Gujral, who was flawlessly natural.
Music: The music album of the movie holds no interest either. The songs have been tackily composed and written. Even with a long list of songs, the album fails miserably.
What’s Good: Since the film has been shot in the original locations, it brings out the certain originality to the film. The essence of Chandni Chowk has been nicely covered and is actually worth watching. The mouth-watering Paranthas shown in the film manage to evoke hunger in the audience!
What’s Bad: The story goes absolutely haywire from where it all started! The climax leaves the audience wondering was it really a Sachin Gupta direction! Right from the editing to the background score, everything is visibly naïve.
Sachin Gupta’s debut feature film, Paranthe Wali Gali, fails to impress the audience. The movie is nowhere close to what Sachin Gupta has delivered in the theatre. Perhaps, he should refrain from directing feature films and concentrate on what he is good at and that is theatre! You can easily give this one a miss this weekend!
Verdict: Going to the real Paranthe Wali Gali and gratifying the taste buds will be any day better than wandering unreasonably in the virtual one!