Netflix’s first Indian original film, Chopsticks is a quirky drama which loses the potential it made from the start in mid-way of actually being a funny movie.
Nirma Shastrabudhe aka Mithila Palkar is a Mandarin translator who buys a new car and hands the key of the car to a con-man, just a few hours after buying it, thinking him to be a “pay-and-park” helper. She lodges a complaint at the police station but is made believed by a thief that the police will not even search for her car. She then meets Mr. Artist aka Abhay Deol who finds her interesting and decides to help her. But her car is with a local gangster Fayyaz aka Vijay Raaz, who now looks like an only choice to play the gangster in almost every film or show. Recently, he was a gangster in Made in Heaven and previous year in Kalakaandi.
The movie has its elements and characters at the right place but they aren’t used cleverly. Half of the humor in the movie is based on Mithila’s name ‘Nirma’ and the other half is based on Vijay Raaz loving a goat and listening to Kishore Kumar’s song by a reputed singer but after a point of time, they appear to be monotonous. The film has a chirpy start but becomes a predictable serious drama from mid-way. Also, the film aspires to show so many themes like, sometimes it wants to be a life-changing quest of Nirma with the help of Mr. Artist as her life-coach, you can feel the vibes of Dear Zindagi in this tangent, other times it wants to show how people have various nonsensical beliefs by portraying the life of goat who is loved by a gangster. And to be honest, nothing very wrong to play with many unique themes but at least play with them dexterously and have the main story around which everything revolves. The film is meant to be about finding a lost car but it becomes more about Nirma finding her life and clearly, it loses the humor factor in this process.
Nirma listening to self-help quotes like “When shit happens in my life, I turn it into a fertilizer” is the only funny dialogue that stayed in my mind, other dialogues are just not funny enough or worth mentioning. Abhay Deol looks like a supermodel turned into a con-man, he simply doesn’t look perfect for such a role. Mithila looks like the right choice as an inarticulate, bumbling, naive ‘Nirma’. set- up locations and a gangster having his home in an easily accessible place are some of the factors which will disturb you. Also, Vijay Raaz’s beard clearly appears to be glued, thus weak editing can be seen clearly. Some ‘trying to appear professional wide angle’ shots and close-up cellphone shots look quite abrupt. Though songs might favor your mood, not the setting of the film.
Overall, this Sachin Yardi’s third film after Kya Super Kool Hain Hum and CKKompany and it doesn’t seem to learn much from its previous failures.
Acting - 2.5 / 5.
Direction - 2 / 5.
Script - 2 / 5.
Cinematography - 2 / 5.
Music - 2.5 / 5.
FINAL VERDICT - 2 / 5.
Watch 'When They See Us' instead.