Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5
Chasani: Mithash Zindagi Ni Movie Review
Director duo Abhinn and Manthan’s attempt at creating a meaningful yet light-hearted film yields a decent outcome, while the very talented Tapan Vyas’ cinematography adds a lot of value to Chasani. The film manages to beautifully capture some wonderful locations of Surat, and it must be refreshing for the lovers of Gujarati cinema, who are probably a bit bored of watching Ahmedabad in every second film! The film also has some amazing dialogues, which will linger in your minds long after you have left the theatre.
Manthan Joshi’s lyrics and Prashant Satose’s compositions blend just accurately to add more to the film. ‘Mojilo Gujarati’ and ‘Gujarati Break Up’ song were interesting inclusions in the movie. The love ballad ‘Tu J Re’, with some pretty graphical backdrops making it look like a dream, is impressive. While the first half is fast paced, the second half drags a bit. In trying to highlight some mushy moments of both the couples, plus some engaging comic moments, the film’s length suffers. Also, Rahul and Shreya’s break up scene doesn’t have the desired effect, and it seems unconvincing.
Talking about the performances, Sejal Shah is a perfect fit as Vasanti-a sweet, dutiful wife. Even debutant Maira Doshi, with her sweet dimpled smile, lights up the screen. However, she isn’t that impressive with her dialogues, especially in the scenes with Manoj Joshi. Divyang Thakkar makes a wonderful comeback after five years, and he is convincing as Rahul, the love guru to Ramnik (Manoj Joshi). Ojas Rawal, in his small role, manages to impress the audience with his Surti dialect and comic timing. Last but not the least, the seasoned Manoj Joshi clearly knows how to carry a movie on his shoulders with effortless ease.
If you are looking at a sweet, mushy and meaningful film with constant dose of laughter, Chasani is quite apt for a family outing.