Main Aur Charles Movie Review : Randeep Hooda

Here we provide Main Aur Charles Review, Ratings by different news, magazines, organizations etc. like IMDB, Indiatimes etc. Read all reviews and decide you should go to watch or not and Main Aur Charles is a big hit or flop. Main aur Charles is A 2015 bollywood drama, written and directed by Prawaal Raman and produced by Cynozure Networkz.

Cast: Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadha, Adil Hussain
Direction: Prawaal Raman
Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes

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Story: A Delhi top-cop Amod Kanth (Adil) is on the trail of the international con-man and ‘lady’ killer Charles Sobhraj(Randeep). So are the cops in Thailand, Mumbai and Goa. Will Charles land in their dragnet?

Main Aur Charles Review by Indian Express

The film should have been riveting. But it comes off as a slapdash, confused collage of scenes involving the famous jail break in which the real life Sobhraj broke free with several prisoners: it was the kind of astoundingly brazen ‘kaand’ whose reverberations were felt in the system for a long time. Hussain tries hard, but is left to flounder: he fulminates too much, as opposed to the real-life Kanth who went after the real-life Sobhraj with the kind of dogged, smart approach that finally nailed the man. The reel representation is all jumbled surface, with very little going on underneath: What made this man tick? The film gives us no answers.

Main Aur Charles Review by Times of India

Prawaal Raman does a commendable job of recreating the 60s-70s. He also gets his protagonist’s physicality and smugness bang on. Working on a wafer-thin account given to him by the real-life Delhi cop, Amod Kanth, Raman still manages to infuse life (at least partly) into this film and into the life of the notorious killer.

The intrigue kicks in when a couple of bikini-clad bodies are washed ashore a beach in Thailand. That’s when you know that Charles Sobhraj, a Indo-French con man, who also has a penchant for killing women is around. There is no logic for his action. You have simply bought into the explanation that he is a psychopath who can charm the panties off the women; so much so, they don’t even notice when he is putting them down.

To escape a death penalty in Thailand for multiple murders, Charles flees to India.

Now the plot veers between Goa, Mumbai and Delhi. His modus-operandi is repetitive; he sleeps with his prey and then drugs them to death. You are also told he uses the passport of the women he kills to plan his next escape. Makes you ponder, was immigration that gullible? Anyway, the morally bankrupt hippie culture of that time helped this killing machine stay on a roll.

Even as cops on his trail, from different Indian states are shown squabbling to mark their jurisdiction, Charles makes a monkey of them by stage-managing his arrest and escapes. Prison wardens eat out of his palm as do inmates. A criminal law student Mira Sharma (Richa) also finds herself inexorably drawn to him. By the end of this film, Charles (here we are talking about the real man) who is currently lodged in a Kathmandu prison is given celebrity status.

Randeep is convincing; the uncanny physical resemblance and accent help bring Charles alive. Most of the supporting cast is good, but Adil Hussain is a notch above

Main Aur Charles Review by FirstPost

Main Aur Charles is very seductive film. Just like it’s deadly subject, Charles Sobhraj.

The film starts off with an overarching tone of 70s’ and 80s Bollywood (think Bachchan in Don, complete with bell bottoms et al). Music and stylized visuals tell us about Sobhraj’s dubious history, which is steeped in the hippi culture in Thailand. Soon,the screenplay moves on to Sobhraj’s imprisonment in India in the Eighties and his famous jail-break.

Charles Sobhraj, of French and Indian origin, nicknamed “The Serpent”, or “bikini killer”, was a murderer, convicted for at least 12 murders in Southeast Asia. His escape from India’s most highly guarded prison-Tihar Jail in 1986, made him famous. But his killer charm made him popular—both amongst the media and apparently some 30 odd women.

In Main Aur Charles, writer/director Prawaal Raman (better known for Darna Mana hai), along with Randeep Hooda have nailed that roguish enigmatic quality of Sobhraj. And the main weapon of lethal appeal to the senses is Aditya Trivedi’s theme music.

Be it in the style with which he wears his hat or the coloured glasses or the side-parting wig, but all these factors make Hooda a believable Sobhraj. It’s in the perfect cover-up body language of a deceptively dressed gentleman of refined tastes. It’s in the way he bends over a record player to play a French song in jail, minutes before he escapes. It’s in the amusing half French accent, which makes you forget his Haryanvi antecedents. It’s in the sharp look in his eyes that remind you of the wicked brain at work. It’s in the way he sits cross-legged and adopts that almost harmless look.

He is easily Randeep Charles Hooda. Hot and dangerous.

With such a silken-mannered actor in place to play the smooth operator, half of the director’s job is done. But Raman delights as he stylises the film with cinematography and plays with light and shadows.

However, it must be said that while he displays mastery over the soundtrack, colour tones, actors, camera work, look and feel, Raman falls short on the script department. It may make sense to bypass Sobhraj’s entire colourful life story and tell primarily the main Tihar jailbreak event, but very little material is explored to tell an effective, holistic story.

Since Sobhraj’s actual escape can be told in twenty minutes, the script weaves in a fictional and glamorous Bollywoodised underworld. The first half takes us to Thailand, along with Sobhraj’s jaunts with Liz (Mandana Karimi, who is now on Bigg Boss season 9) and then moves to the eclectic Goa nightlife, replete with cabaret dances and bikini clad foreigners. It takes time to settle into the story with multiple timelines telling a journey that doesn’t add up to much.

The plot touches upon a humorous and more authentic sequence of goof-ups by cops and the confused power play between Goa, Mumbai and Delhi police fighting for the Sobhraj prize. The Mumbai cop, Sudhakar (Nandu Madhav) is more believable than the main Delhi cop, Amod Kanth (Adil Hussain).
The story is told from Kanth’s point of view, hence the title. Both Hussain’s characterization and performance, along with his interactions with his wife (Tisca Chopra) are least convincing and weaken what could have been the more intense part of the film.

Main Aur Charles finds its groove in the second half with Kanth at the helm, following up on Sobhraj’s four accomplices, including his law student girlfriend, Mira (Richa Chadda).

Chadda has one good scene where she tries to convince how misunderstood the criminal Sobhraj really is. Her blind love and faith is well captured in her adamant expressions and lines. “He (Charles) can escape but no one can escape him,” she says.

You don’t really mind the missing hard-boiled plot, because by the time the film ends, we are treated to well-shot frames and the amazing theme music. Style wins. The seduction is complete.

 

Main Aur Charles Rating & Review by IMDB

After first day reaction of public IMDB shows Readers Rating 8.6/10 based on  users rating. 8.6 out of 10 is quite average movie rating according to review by viewers. Check live Main Aur Charles rating on IMDB >> Live Movie Rating.

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