Chup Chup Ke: Far from parfait

 

My Mom’s signature dessert is trifle.   Not too hard to make.   Some small pieces of ladyfingers (the yellow cake, not the vegetable) covered in a thin swipe of raspberry jam, spread in one layer across the bottom of the dish, then douse in sherry.   As the  Harveys Bristol Creme soaks in, prepare  some Birds Custard, then  cover the lady fingers with it, then cover that with whipped cream and a dash of sprinkles  to add some color and decoration.

That’s Priyadarshan’s  Chup chup ke.

The sodden bits at the bottom of this dessert are all the over-the-top, go-on-too-long slaptsick comedy bits with Rajpal Yadav and Paresh Rawal, the story is the middle layer you barely notice, and the whipped cream on top is Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, the set design, costumes and music.  

The story, an attempted comedy of errors,  revolves around Jeetu (Shahid Kapoor) who has run up a lot of debt and fakes his death so his family will receive insurance money and be able to settle it.   After throwing himself into the ocean, he lands up the next day in a fisherman’s net.   The fisherman (Rawal) and his sidekick (Yadav) see a list of debts to be paid and mistakenly think it’s a list of money owed to Jeetu and they reason that by helping him, they’ll be well rewarded.   Jeetu pretends to be deaf and mute so as not to reveal who he is.   The three end up at the house of a wealthy Gujurati businessman, Prabhat Singh Chauhan (Om Puri),  who has just seized  Paresh Rawal’s boat because he’s owed money.   It’s  also the home of Shruti (Kareena Kapoor), who really is mute, though  not deaf.   And  then there’s secrets, people lying to protect others, and all sorts of confusions and twists, but it’s really not  worth enumerating here.   Jeetu and Shruti fall  in love, overcome some obstacles, and well, you know the rest.

 

Ninety percent of the action takes place inside the home compound of Prabhat Singh Chauhan, and whoever designed the sets has a great eye for warm colors and pretty touches, ditto the costume designer.   Everyone in the household, even the servants, look crisp and clean and matching-matching the whole way through.   Having read some unfavorable reviews this afternoon, I was surprised to find that the first half went by quickly, but there were no good songs until the second half, and then, they all came one on top of the other.   That said, the picturizations for Dil Vich Lagya and Ghoomar were the stuff of what makes  typical modern Bollywood movies what they are.   An ensemble cast in beautiful pastel costumes dance energetically to celebrate the engagement and the wedding (think the opening number of Bluffmaster or Shava Shava from K3G).   They were true feel-good moments but they came too late.

I have never been even remotely curious to see Shahid Kapoor on screen.   His babyface made even watching him almost seem like  pedophilia.   And his girlfriend’s air of smug arrogance was a total turn-off.  

But I have to admit, the 25-year-old Shahid does have perfect hair, a fit  body and, most of all, an open, guileless, engaging face.   On top of that, he looks as if he’s giving it all he’s got when he dances.   If, as Abhishek did, he can grow out of the boyish gangliness, he may have a shot at making the A-list as he gets closer to 30.   One saving grace in  Chup Chup Ke comes from Kareena’s character being mute, meaning we are spared her cho  chweet voice, and yes, I will begrudglingly admit, she does have beautiful eyes and an appealing face.   Her clothes for the engagement and wedding scenes are Manish Malhotra’s creations and they are gorgeous; one, a fantastic pairing of pink and green, the other a warm  burnt orange,  each  finished with  gem-laden earrings and necklace.

See it or skip it?

Not worth the price of a $10 ticket, as enjoyable as the  dance numbers are.   This movie is really only for  die-hard Bebo or Shahid fans.  

Comments

  1. 7

    Lalluram says

    Priyadarshan used to be my fav director (after watching GARDISH). He has an eye for colour (watch out for those background colours on his sets), he has an eye for character (watch out for “Kachra Seth” in Kabhi Na Kabhi) and a flair for comedy (watch out for those ‘one-liners’ in Gardish). His earlier movies built the mood up for an excellent action filled climax. But sadly, today he doing complete comedy films and seems to have lost his earlier style. Even his ‘Muskurahat’ was a treat to watch (At least for me….Amrish Puri and Jagdeep were hilarious). Maria, whenever you have spare time, watch the movies listed above.

  2. 8

    Karishma says

    i just love the pretty clothes but i try to find them online and i can’t find it so please show the clothe online

    love karishma prasad Australia canberra

  3. 9

    says

    I feel the same way about Shahid. It just seems wrong. And in Ishq Viskh he wears the most horrendous outfit (male, anyway) I have ever seen in Bollywood.

  4. 11

    says

    Kareena’s character is mute?? Ye Gods, somebody finally clued into the fact that her voice is, like, fingernails on a chalkboard.

    At last a movie where she can’t replay her Poo character from K3G. Again.

  5. 12

    says

    Hola Maja,

    Yeah, it would be o.k. – maybe – for a $2 rental, but just barely that.

    I was totally suckered by the ads, which draw heavily on the last 2 songs.

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