Main Aur Charles starring Randeep Hooda and Richa Chadha is a comeback of sorts for the director Parwaal Raman who made his debut in direction with Darna Marna Hai but later lost focus with Darling. The story is from the point of view of Amod Kanth, the reputed cop who chased Charles Sobhraj and the events that unfolded during his time.
Cast: Randeep Hooda, Adil Hussain, Richa Chadha
Direction: Parwaal Raman
Main Aur Charles Plot:
Main Aur Charles revolves around the life of notorious serial killer of the 1980's, Charles Sobhraj, who ruled the media headlines for his famous crimes. Even though he was nothing more than a crook, his wit, style and intelligence had many in splits except for the reputed cop, Amod Kanth (Adil Hussain) who is narrating the story of this iconic criminal.
As viewers we have a penchant for biopics and when it comes to the one about Charles Sobhraj, we just can't ignore because his life of style, sex and crime is very too interesting too pass off.
The movie takes us on a joy ride through the life of French serial killer of Vietnamese and Indian origin who was nicknamed as "The Splitting Killer", "Bikini Killer" and "The Serpent". His escape from the highly guarded prison in the country by poisoning the guards to his charm over the ladies has been covered in this biopic.
His accomplices, jail mate Robert (Alex O Nell), a drug dealer from London and Meera (Richa Chadha) the love lost criminal law student who help him with the famous 1986 jailbreak also reveal their relationship with Charles.
While Charles is busy living the life, drugging people, luring the tourists on the hippie trail through India, Thailand and Nepal, his arch nemesis, Amod Kanth is getting frustrated with the attention given to this crook. Not just the media, his wife (Tisca Chopra) too, are in awe of his intelligence which drives Amod up the wall.
Charles on the other hand, loves all the attention that he is getting. All in all, the movie is a mix of fiction and nonfiction.
Coming to the performances, Randeep Hooda nails the act of "The Serpent", Charles! Right from the Indian-Vietnamese accent, his swag to the criminal act, Randeep gets it right. A lot of them might find his fake accent irritating but as the story unfolds, the accent sinks in and Randeep's flawless performance takes you over.
Apart from Randeep, another actor who befuddles you in a good way is Adil Hussain. His act of a righteous cop is simply too good! When Adil vents out his frustration on his wife and others on making Charles a celebrity, it will make you want to whistle.
Richa Chadha is okay in her performance, neither good nor bad! Nandu Madhav who plays the role of a cop who firsts nabs Charles in Goa, deserves a mention here! He steals your attention and we hope to see him in more films.
Mandana Karimi, the actress who has landed the Bigg Boss gig, thanks to this film has nothing good to do in the film, a missable role! Tisca Chopra, the talented artist does justice to her role!
Coming to the direction and screenplay, this is where the film lacks on a major scale. Considering this is a biopic, viewers are more interested in how he does things, so a deeper dig into the way he does the murders could have been shown. Unless you literally pay attention to every scene in the movie, there might be many moments where the audience will just get confused with the way the story is heading.
A better screenplay, a sharper and crispier script would have made this film a lot better. Cinematography by Anuj Rakesh Dhawan is commendable, his camera angles to the way he has shown the Goa scenes, jail escape and many more are really applaud worthy.
Music by Aditya Trivedi ends up being a bad element in this movie, be it the songs or the background score, both just end up irritating the viewers more. A biopic like this needs a classy, flavoursome music which he fails to deliver.
Although the movie does get a little confusing, Main Aur Charles is a good one-time watch especially if you have an interest to know about this "Bikini Killer".