Netflix has been working hard on creating India based content. The first Netflix Original film was The Indian Detective, which had Russell Peters portray an Indian police officer who comes to Kolkota to solve a case. Now, Netflix comes with Rajma Chawal, a film based in good old Delhi that’s about the generation gap and the bonding of a father and son. The film stars Rishi Kapoor, Aniruddh Talwar, Amyra Dastur and others.
Rishi Kapoor plays a father who has zero communication with his son, played by Anirudh Talwar. After the mother expires, the relationship between father and son spirals south, which forces the father to take a weird step – chat with his son using a fake ID on a social network. Yes, the idea is doomed to fail and it does fail – that’s what the film is all about.
What’s Wow: The concept is unique, and so is the idea. Middle class India does this a lot – fake profiles – but this is the first time it’s shown in a film. Rishi Kapoor does a great job playing something that he’s been for a while now – the North Indian father. Other than that, the supporting cast is quite good. Anirudh Talwar and Amyra Dastur do a good job as well.
What’s Blah: The film has several characters, but the screenplay downright refuses to make use of them. In the entire screenplay, it’s either Rishi Kapoor’s or Amyra Dastur’s character that takes the forefront. And it’s not like there are no interesting characters. Every character here has that loved whiff of Delhi in it. It’s a shame the writers Vivek Anchalia, Manu Rishi Chadha and Leena Yadav don’t bring more of that on the screen.
Parting Shot: Rajma Chawal is quintessentially desi – and a feel-good family film is always good news.
Cast and Crew:
Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Talwar, Amyra Dastur, Jitendra Shastri, Aparshakti Khurana, Harish Khanna, Manu Rishi Chadha, Sheeba Chaddha, Nirmal Rishi, Adil Hussain, Rahul Ram, Mukesh Chhabra.
Writers: Vivek Anchalia, Manu Rishi Chadha, Leena Yadav
Director: Leena Yadav
Rajma Chawal is streaming on Netflix now