Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi set the box office on fire when The Dirty Picture hit theaters in 2011 Critics convinced then are still happy with their performances, it’s the ang praises of the duo. While the promos of Ghanchakkar looked promising, critics are not too impressed with the film. Read on.
PLOT: Sanjay (Emraan Hashmi) and his two partners (Pandit amnd Idris) plan a massive heist. Sanjay is made in-charge of keeping the cash till it's safe to split. By the time his partners return to claim their share, Sanjay has had a severe bout of, what they suspect, convenient amnesia. Suspecting a scam, they decide to stay back with him and his crazy Punjabi wife (Vidya Balan).
Critics feel that Rajkumar Gupta has failed to exploit the full potential of the plot. Nandini Ramnath writes for Mint, "It helps to keep expectations low while watching Ghanchakkar, which isn't as mad-cap as the title promises." Film analyst Taran Adarsh writes, "With a plot that had the potential to transform into an engaging and outrageous entertainer, Ghanchakkar gets repetitive and tedious." Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV, couldn't agree more, "The fundamental concept of Ghanchakkar is intriguing all right, but it simply isn't sturdy enough to bear the weight of an entire two hour-plus film."
Gayatri Sankar (Zee TV) finds the film different but believes that the audience will not accept it: "The genre, style and presentation are indeed the first of its kinds but at the same time, something that the audiences will find very difficult to digest."
Film critic Tushar Joshi (DNA) finds the opening just right but the plot and characters are not well-developed, he adds. "While the premise is interesting, Gupta could have spent more time doctoring the screenplay. The second half springs up many loopholes that are glaring in your face with discrepancies. Sanju and Neetu's chemistry, especially their banter in the early first half seems forced."
The second half of the movie is too overstretched for the critics. Nandini Ramnath says that the deadpan lapses into dead mode towards the second half. Tushar Joshi agrees, "Ghanchakkar has a few memorable scenes, but on the whole it feels like a rushed effort." Saibal Chatterjee likes how it ends but not the complete movie, "Despite its surprise ending, Ghanchakkar fails to engage. It is overstretched, flimsy and ineffectual."
Saibal Chatterjee picks up a line from the film to describe it best, "I don't know what is going on and who is taking whom for a ride." Heed the warning, Chatterjee adds.
Critics, however, appreciate performances by Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das. Tushar Joshi writes, "Emraan looks at ease even when he's wearing the obnoxious polka dotted night suit gifted by his OTT wife. There is a certain comfort level he seems to have reached with his approach towards playing any character. Similarly Vidya goes all out to play Neetu." Taran Adarsh, too is impressed with their acting and writes, " Emraan makes an earnest effort to deviate from his on-screen image and he does exceptionally well. Known for choosing qualitative films, Vidya delivers a knock-out performance yet again."
Gayatri Sankar is impressed with the performances too. She writes, "Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi, both powerhouse performers, excel in their respective roles, to say the least. They are supported by some fine performances delivered by Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das."