BY | April 10, 2013

Chashme Baddoor reviews are mostly full of praise for David Dhawan. Its box office collection report is also similarly very encouraging for the indefatigable filmmaker

David Dhawav is a proud man today. After many flops, the man whom Bollywood loves to mock is at it again. He has come up with another great film that has brought him to the game yet again and the man is simply excited beyond imagination. Yes we are talking about his latest venture Chashme Baddoor, the movie that seems to have made everyone happy and take notice of his ingenuity that cannot come without decades of experience behind camera and long years of planning. He is a maverick who loves to flaunt what he has. And to be true this man has lived the same exuberant life throughout his life, or perhaps throughout his long years in Bollywood.

He is cheerful and easy going and his films sort of reflect his persona. There are very few people in Bollywood whose outer personality reflects their inner-self. And he is one of them. Though for many people who come with refined tastes, his films look rustic like he himself, but then there are millions other who actually love to see what he has to offer. David Dhawan’s latest venture, Chashme Baddoor, remake of the 1981 cult classic film of the same name starring Farooq sheikh and Deepti Naval, was released in packed cinema halls across the country. Starring Ali Zafar, Sidharth, Divyendu Sharma and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles while experienced star cast including Rishi Kapoor, Lilette Dubey Anupam Kher, and Bharti Achrekar as the supporting characters, the comedy proved that remakes can also be loved and accepted by the public and critics.

The film’s collection in the first three days alone zoomed to as high as around Rs 22 crore and reports suggest people’s interest in it is going up and up ensuring far better earning than he might have even dreamt of. Though the common man loved the remake, that is far off from the original one in terms of narration and presentation, the critics gave a mixed response to the movie, termed as an adult comedy, as against the original film that fell in the genre of romcom;

In the meantime the movie is being praised by almost everyone in the industry. Shilpa Jamkhandikar while writing for Reuters says, “David Dhawan takes what was a genuinely funny and memorable film and “remakes” it into a crass, unfunny and offensive film that serves just one purpose – it speaks volumes about the sharp decline in our sense of humor in the last three decades. This film could have be another of those puerile comedies that we are subjected to day in and day out. But calling it a remake of a classic film seems like a crime. Pick the old over the new this weekend.”

Another leading Bollywood critic has really good word about Dhawan’s latest venture. “Chashme Baddoor encompasses the spirit of the original, but has been customized to entice the present-day spectators. An entertainer with dollops of humor and wild situations thrown in, this one’s a laugh-riot that should not be missed”, says DTaran Adarsh.

While reviewing the film for Zee, Ananya Bhattacharya has this to say, “Arz kia hai… Thus begins David Dhawan’s modern day tale of friendship, romance and kaminapanti. Repartees, wittiness, caustic one-liners. ‘Chashme Baddoor’, this time around, is one hell of a journey. In Hindi cinema, there is a reason David Dhawan enjoys the epithet of the King of Comedy – and from the King’s treasure chest, the film is a gem. Three stars for the re-loaded ‘Chashme Baddoor’ – not to be missed, this one!”

On the other hand Srijana Mitra Das of The Times of India says, “The answer’s yes – love can be remade and so can a lovely film like 1981′s Chashme Buddoor (CB). This version’s as different as paapri chaat from a dhokla. But it retains the original’s madness, masti and movie-mania. You will not like this movie if you don’t like corny, occasionally.”

While reviewing the Dhawan remake leading Bollywood critic Subhash K Jha says, “This Chashme Baddoor moves wickedly at its own volition creating a crazy pattern of comic chaos that stops short of being anarchic due to the finely-tuned situational satire simulated in the writing out of a material that was created 30 years ago when there were no mobile phones and the height of male voyeurism was the Playboy magazine. This is David Dhawan’s wickedest comedy of one-upmanship since Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. You can’t miss it. The attention-grabbing chest-thumping gibberish-spewing rowdy boyz won’t let you”.

There are others who are equally full of praise for Dhawan and his film. Sneha May Francis says, “You’d think it’s almost suicidal for any director to attempt to remake a classic as imposing as 1980s’ ‘Chashme Buddoor’. But, the flamboyant David Dhawan does the unexpected. He gives the original a menacingly, fun twist, something many, including me, wouldn’t have thought him capable of. While, it’s incomparable to the original, it still manages to hold its own, and packs in sufficient amount of quirkiness, madness and poetry to leave us sufficiently tickled. It also emerges as one of Dhawan’s more tolerable movies, with the director refusing to indulge in his staple, slapstick comedy drill and over-the-top drama”. So the film is earning money and earning praise. What more a film maker can ask for. It is surely a winner for David Dhawan.

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