Small town stories are the flavor of the season. Movies like Main Meri Patni Aur Woh, Bareily Ki Barfi, Stree and Sui Dhaaga have made audience adore the simplicity of these places, the culture followed by locals with no flashy and grandeur sets and situational comedy to watch since you might never know what will come next and the surprise element that will make you laugh-a-loud. This is where Chaman Bahaar scores.
Set in the city of Lormi in Mungeli district in Chhattisgarh, Chaman Bahaar tells the story of Paan wala (Billu) who sets up his shop in a deserted area. To his surprise, a family moves into a house opposite to his shop and enters a lovable and pretty girl, Rinku. Once an unknown location, Billu’s paan shop now becomes the breeding ground for local youth, who would use different tricks to impress her.
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First time director Apurva Dhar Badgaiyaan, does a fine job in terms of story telling which is refreshing and entertaining. The movie is intrinsic to its core right from the beginning with hilarious moments enough to tickle your funny-bone during the first half. The initial reel will definitely bring down the house the moment Rinku enters the scene and the local youths uses all the tactics in the world to impress her. Chaman Bahaar might remind you of Cameron Diaz’s There’s Something About Mary which has similar theme.
The direction is impressive handling many sequences with perfection. The chemistry between Billu, Somu and Chotu is outstanding. While Chaman Bahaar will keep you on your toes, there are few insignificant scenes which I felt hampers the momentum, especially towards the end.
Technically, the cinematography capturing the beautiful locales of a small town while Art Direction is simple yet powerful. Dialogues are rib-tickling while background score goes well with the comedy drama. Music is pretty good with “Do Ka Chaar” beautifully sung by Sonu Nigam.
Performances of Chaman Bahaar is the highlight of the film. Jithendra Kumar is complete natural as frustrated lover who would like express his feeling for Rinku. This is the second winning performance after Panchayat this year. Bhuvan Arora as Somu, Dhirendra Kumar Tiwari as Chotu, Alam Khan as Shila bhaiya will keep you engaged with their hilarious act. Ritika Badiani does not have any dialogues in the entire film but does well with her expressions.
So overall, Chaman Bahaar has not been promoted as much as it deserves but do not miss it at any cost. It is a fun ride all the way !! Must Watch 3.5/5
Chaman Bahaar is currently streaming on Netflix.