Mithila Palkar and Abhay Deol come together for a new Netflix Original, Chopsticks. The original film has gained traction since the first trailer hit the screens. Here’s our complete review of the Netflix Original, Chopsticks.
A young woman, Nirma Shahastrabuddhe (Palkar) comes to Mumbai to work as a tour guide for Chinese tourists. The naïve girl tastes Mumbai first hand when her newly bought car is stolen right in front of the famous Mahalaxmi temple in Dadar. What follows next is an audacious, quirky ride that has Nirma encounter some of the most colourful characters – people who make Mumbai the cauldron of humanity that it is.
What’s Wow : Mithila Palkar, of course, is the soul of the story. She does the doe eyed village belle in the big bad city character well. What she adds to the character is her own ticks and tacks, and that becomes the heartbeat of this mildly underwhelming story about conmen.
But Mithila embodies the very essence of the Indian middle class, the one that is a misadventure waiting to happen, just because they are a bit underconfident and don’t really go out to fight for what they want.
Abhay Deol is a having a whale of a time, playing a real character after a long time. We have seen him, usually in lovey dovey roles or cliched characters, but here, Abhay’s allowed to breathe in his character’s skin, and that makes the film much more watchable. Vijay Raaz, unfortunately, doesn’t have much of a role – but shines in the scenes that he’s given.
What’s Blah : The film is an interesting concept. The meeting of the well heeled and the soulless in Mumbai. However, a millennial script makes the audience lose interest. The audience today has been weaned on hardcore crime thrillers with a dash of humour that takes the edge off the brutality of the world of crime. In such a scenario, a feel-good film about crimes and criminals might not be the best idea. Somewhere down the line, the audience will feel that they have been fooled into watching a feel-good film.
Parting Shot : Mithila Palkar, Abhay Deol shine in an otherwise underwhelming Netflix presentation.
Cast & Crew :
Cast: Mithila Palkar, Abhay Deol, Vijay Raaz
Director: Sachin Yardi
Watch the trailer here :