Movie Name: Chehre
Directed by: Rumi Jaffery
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, Krystle D’Souza, Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor, Annu Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery
Release Date: 27 August, 2021
Running Time: 140 minutes
Amitabh Bachchan has started filming mystery thriller Chehre along with actor Emraan Hashmi.
Chehre is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language mystery thriller film directed by Rumi Jaffery and produced by Anand Pandit under the banners of Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited. It features Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi in lead roles. The film also stars Krystle D’Souza, Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor and Annu Kapoor in pivotal roles. Bachchan plays the role of a lawyer, while Hashmi stars as a business tycoon.
The film was announced on 11 April 2019 and filming began on 10 May 2019. It was scheduled for worldwide release on 17 July 2020, but was delayed due to the Chinese Virus COVID-19 pandemic.
Filming began on 10 May 2019. First schedule ended on 16 June with a fourteen minute long shot by Bachchan in one go. Kriti Kharbanda was initially selected to star in the film but left due to a fallout between her and makers. She was replaced by Krystle D’Souza after Mouni Roy and Ankita Lokhande declined the role.
Chehre Movie Trailer:
Despite an intriguing plot, Chehre tests one’s patience
A mock trial or call it a ‘surgical strike’ to avenge the judgement that couldn’t deliver justice, Rumy Jafry’s Chehre sure has an intriguing plot. A confident CEO ends up in a lonely haveli where a retired judge, a prosecuting and a defence counsel play a game in the evenings to pass time. Sameer Mehra (Emraan Hashmi) willingly becomes a part of the game.
While the first half sets the tone, it’s during the second half the story picks up its pace, barring a rather long speech by Lateef Zaidi (Amitabh Bachchan) on how the judicial system has been failing to deliver justice.
The comparisons with the Nirbhaya case, acid attack victims for reference to surgical strikes; the monologue takes one’s interest away from the original plot. But then post this ‘case’, this story finds a new lease of life and its writer Ranjit Kapoor redeems himself to some extent. One thing for sure, if you like your intrigue drama fast-paced, this is not for you. One needs patience for this plot to unfold. What certainly works is the sound design by Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty. The lightning, the thunderstorms transport one to the mysterious setting. This quaint town, located some 270 km from Delhi, comes as a jarring blunder.
The actors play their part effortlessly. One marvels at Senior Bachchan, who in his late seventies has a spring in his step and delivers long shots with cadence and expressions right in place. Annu Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav shine in the brief moments they get on screen. Krystle D’Souza looks stunning, doing justice to the seductress part well. Rhea Chakraborty as Anna disappoints. Emraan Hashmi as Sameer Mehra delivers in bits and parts.
All the premises of creative liberty apart, the story and its execution in 2 hours and 20 minutes becomes predictable and falters at times, losing its audience.
Song Title: Chehre – Title Track
Lyrics: Rumy Jafry
Music Composer: Vishal–Shekhar
Singer(s): Amitabh Bachchan
Song Title: Rang Dariya
Lyrics: Farhan Menon
Music Composer: Gourov Dasgupta
Singer(s): Yasser Desai