Movie Review: Main Aur Charles
Cast: Randeep Goods, Richa Chadda, Adil Hussain
Director: Prawaal Raman
Movies based on the subject of serial killing has always captivated the nerve of audiences, some of the dexterous examples are The Silence Of The Lambs, Psycho, and Zodiac. This subject is used in many Bollywood movies as well, such as Lal Gulab, Kuan, Dushman, Murder 2 and most recently Ek Tha Villan and these were quite intense in their own spheres. But the movie Main Aur Charles is a one of its kinds as it’s not a fiction but a biopic on the life of Charles Shobhraj with some twist and turns added to make it more piquant. This movie is also important for director Prawaal Raman as after a long break he is doing his come back with it. His earlier movies Darna Mana Hai and Darling did average business. However, his latest flick looks quite promising.
Being a biopic on Charles Shobhraj about whom we all have heard or read something, who was of French and Indian origin and was also as, ‘Bikini Killer’ and ‘The Serpent’. He was convicted in Southeast Asia for several murders he did and his escape from Tihar, the most guarded jail of India, made him quite famous. Since the actual escape of Charles could have been shown in 20 mins, some fictional moments have been added to in the movie.The first half begans in Thailand where Charles jaunts with Liz ( Mandana Karimi, Bigg Boss season 9 contestant) and then flies to Goa and extols it’s nightlife, seductive cabaret dances and foreigner damsels clad in bikini. The movie is bit slow in its first half but grapples the speed in second half. Even the pace of the movie speeds up where Amod Kanth (Adil Hussain), Delhi police cop who is following Shobhraj’s four accomplices, including his lawyer girlfriend, Mira ( Richa Chadda) who has blind faith and does everything Charles wants to her to do.
Undoubtedly, watching this movie will remind you the ball-bottom era of 60s and 70s. Randeep Hooda has done complete justice to the role of Charles, be it’s his style of wearing a hat, carrying those beautiful shades, his side partying wig, his bellbottoms every bit of these made him believable Charles Shobhraj. He was bold and seductive, he adapted every bit of Charles even the French accent which will make you forget the Haryanvi antecedents. Richa’s performance is average, we have seen her performing better in her previous movies.
It’s a stylish thriller flick, if you are a thriller lover then you certainly can’t miss it. This movie is made for a specific genre of audience. The second half covers all the flaws of first half with well shot frames and amazing performance of Randeep Hooda.