Ghanchakkar is a unique suspense film mixed with witty comedy that may or may not drive you to that zone of a comedy thriller. With a good cast which includes Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, and Rajesh Sharma, director Rajkumar Gupta tried to bring some lighter moments but somehow failed to make it an edgier and funnier movie.
A master safecracker Sanjay aka Sanju (Emraan Hashmi) is offered one of his life-making heists by two dangerous criminals that could bring him enough money to live a lifetime. Although he was not much interested, tempted by his wife Nitu (Vidya Balan) to grab the job for the last time.
With a hilarious plan of using the mask of Amitabh, Dharmendra, and Utpal Dutt, they very amusingly rob a bank and decide not to use the money for the next three months, and Sanju is asked to keep it in a safe place.
As planned, the rest of the team (Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das) appears after three months but finds out that Sanjay is now an amnesia patient because of a recent accident. As Sanju has lost his memory, he refuses to identify them and even denies having any money.
To make sure Sanju is not faking it all, his robbery mates move into his apartment until he remembers where he hid the money. The rest is all an attempt to give you a thrill ride, but somehow the movie doesn’t take a leap after the first half.
Although the film Ghanchakkar is based on an original idea, the narration becomes too repetitive and the plot goes completely haywire towards the end. The filmmaker could have tried to bring more action into play by introducing other characters in the background. Nevertheless, it’s just a one-time watch but be prepared for a little headache in the second half.
Director: Rajkumar Gupta
Writers: Parveez Shaikh, Rajkumar Gupta
Starring: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma, Namit Das
Cinematography: Satyajit Pande (Setu)
Music: Amit Trivedi
Release Date: 28 June 2013