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Chintu Ji (U/A)

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Release Date

04 Sep 2009
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Sometimes, big things come in small packages. The expectations from Chintuji are zilch. Even the pre-release promotion is extremely low-key. Also, the awareness is as good as nil. But Chintuji springs a pleasant surprise. It packs in a solid punch in those 2 hours. No, this isn't the best film made this side of the Atlantic. Nor does it boast of A-list stars or gloss and scale to catch our attention. But Chintuji works because it narrates a simple story of simple people in a simplistic manner.

The township [Hadbahedi] is Utopian, but the characters are very, very real. Writer-director Ranjit Kapoor narrates the story of do-gooders, which only reinforces your faith in goodness and humility. Also, Chintuji wouldn't be what it is had it not been for a performer of the calibre of Rishi Kapoor. Take a bow, Chintuji! Final word? Chintuji is a sparkling gem that deserves to be watched. Strongly recommended!

Hadbahedi, a beautiful town, is forward looking but honest. The Hadbahedians believe that they have been totally neglected by the state and seek an identity of their own. Things brighten when they discover that Rishi/Chintu Kapoor was actually born in their town. They send an invite to him and he accepts as he is looking at politics to make a comeback in a big way and Hadbahedi could well be his constituency.

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