It looks like 1980’s back or film makers are now emphasizing more on yesteryears hit movies. Last week it was Himmat Wala and this week it’s Chashm-e-Buddoor. Without much delay, I will come straight to the point. David Dhawan was totally correct when he commented that new Chashm-e-Buddoor is an adaptation of 1981’s Chashm-e-Buddoor. The newer version is dealt differently, thanks to David Dhawan’s mastery in comic movies. The plot is same but the treatment is different. The older version had Farooq Shaikh, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Basvani, Deepti Naval and Saeed Jaffery in pivotal roles and one could also see an unforgettable scene between Amitabh and Rekha. The latest version has Ali Zafar, Divyendu, Siddharth, Tapsee Pannu and Rishi Kapoor (respectively) in main leads. So, does this Chashm-e-Buddoor really deserve the wish of “Chashm-e-Buddoor”? Let’s find it out!
The story is about 3 friends Siddharth (Ali), Omi (Divyendu) and Jai (Siddhart). Out of them, Omi and Jai are womanizing loafers who tries to flatter new neighborhood girl Seema (Tapsee) but fail drastically. Siddharth, however manages to impress the beauty and they fall for each other. Knowing about their love connection both the friends try to split their relationship by formulating comical ideas and then the story moves ahead.
As far as performances are concerned, Ali Zafar impresses with his decent dance moves and he looks adorable which was the most important ingredient of his character. Divyendu is as usual, though this is his second movie but he has all the guts to carry any comic movie on his shoulders. Siddharth is a revelation. He dances fastest and with effortless ease. As compared to how he performed in “RDB” and “Striker”, this movie showcases his other abilities. Tapsee (a tollywood’s renowned actress but bollywood’s debutant) perfectly solidifies her character.
Rishi Kapoor is a surprise package; it’s hard to overshadow a performer like him. Watch him in “Early Morning” twisting his legs with Ali Zafar, I am sure everyone would have noticed him and only him when the both shared the screen – dance and comedy both are natural to the veteran. Anupamkher is first rate as the teacher and as an army officer he is too loud. Bharati Achrekar is adorable and gives many moments for good laugh – she is a veteran in comic roles too (watch Chambaili Ki Shadi and any episode of Shrimaan Shrimaty). Juhie Chawla appears in a cameo and is really nice to see her.
Songs (as in lyrics) and dialogues (Farhad-Sajid) of the newer version are actual saviors of the movie, music directors, singers and writers need applaud. The background score adopted from “Amar Akbar Anthony” will take those to actual 1980’s era, who used to watch movies of that era.
Some of the scenes which have been adapted from older version are:
A – Miss Chamko’s Visit (though in older version it was sweeter and cute).
B – Flashbacks
C – Kidnapping
D – The Shikaar connection (when Omi and Jai points out Seema, for the first time)
For those who haven’t watched original version of Chashm-e-Buddoor, I highly recommend them to watch that. It’s a classic in itself. The character of Lallan Mian (Saeed Jaffery) has been modified in newer version as Uncle Joseph (Rishi Kapoor) but I still think a major softness has been missed out.
David Dhawan needs no gimmicks when it comes to comic movies; he has an astounding track record of blessing his audience with a kind of cinema that is both criticized by many but at the end of the day is loved by everyone no matter how decent the audience gets.
I rate this adaptation 7/10 - entertainment wise.