Producer: Anand Pandit
Director: Rumy Jafry
Throw: Amitabh Bachchan, Emran Hashmi, Annu Kapoor, Ragubir Yadav, Dhritimaan Chtterji, Rhea Charaborty, Krystle Dsouza, Siddhant Kapoor and Sameer Soni
Released in theaters.
By Jyothi Venkatesh
Four drunken friends, former court officials, consisting of a public prosecutor, a defense attorney, a judge and an executioner, meet in a historic mansion in a remote mountain station. Re-enacting mock trials against stranded strangers seeking refuge in their creepy house is her favorite scary pastime. The game is fun until things get too serious for comfort.
The clever and personable advertising agency guy Sameer Mehra (Emraan Hashmi) meets the four gentlemen when he is forced to spend the night in the house due to extreme weather. He gets to know the legal veterans who are only too happy to take him in. While Sameer initially hesitates to join in, he later gives in and decides to play the game. Amitabh Bachchan is the prosecutor, Annu Kapoor is the defense attorney, Dhritiman Chatterjee is the judge and Raghubir Yadav is the executioner. One irrepressible Rhea Chakraborty who bursts into creepy laughter is Anna, the mysterious housekeeper of the mansion, who is also a skilled painter, although this aspect was not covered in detail by her.
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Everything is good until small talk and a short drinking binge later stop at the senior club and he also agrees to indulge in the court game shaped by the four veterans. He finds it amusing until they accuse him of killing his own boss Oswal (Sameer) and taking his position in the agency. The trial begins, and the discovery of Sameer’s case sets the story. They want to know whether he will be convicted or acquitted.
As for performance, I’d say Amitabh Bachchan tops the list with his top notch performance as an uptight prosecutor adequately questioning advertising man Sameer Mehra, while Annu Kapoor doesn’t lag behind with his smart answers as a friendly defense attorney either. As a weird-looking executioner, Raghubir Yadav has little to do, but still impresses with his small role.
Emran Hashmi impresses with his role as a recruiter, while Krystle DSouza seduces you with her curves and also impresses you with her performance in a negative role. Rhea Chakraborty seems too bloated when it comes to her face, but scores with her small role as maid and caretaker Aana in the creepy house. Siddhanth Kapoor scores as man servant Joe without a single dialogue just with his facial expression.
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Rumy Jafry manages a film that was skilfully staged but reminiscent of the Badla genre, although unfortunately the film remains an artistic product that is only devoured by cineastes and not many ordinary men will patronize the film so it is in no way directed to the common man and there is also a lack of logic.
In summary, I would say that Chehre is a film that, although it lacks logic and has loopholes, stands out as a special attempt because it does not contain the typical commercial ingredients and is quite detailed, especially at the beginning, but still worth watching for Amitabh Bachchans is gripping performance.