Chargesheet, under the banner of Navketan movies is yet another film directed, produced and written by veteran actor Dev Anand. The film stars Divya Dutta, Naseeruddin Shah and Jackie Shroff in the lead roles. Though there is very little to speak worthwhile of the film, Chargesheet reflects the indomitable spirit and 'never say die" attitude of Dev Anand sahab who is still vibrant with ideas at 88 years of age.
Chargesheet, as all of Dev Anand"s films in the recent past, is plain ordinary. There is nothing exciting in the plot or screenplay – not even the skimpily dressed ladies could save the film.
Though Dev Anand has denied the reports that the story is based on the mysterious death of late Bollywood actress Divya Bharati, Chargesheet holds uncanny resemblance to the life and death of Divya Bharati. In fact, even the first name of the lead actress – Divya Dutta bears similarity with her.
Divya Bharti, who shot to fame in the early nineties, died on April 5, 1993, when she fell from her five-story flat in Mumbai"s Versova area.
The subsequent investigation about her death suggested possibilities of accidental death to suicide or even murder. However, the police closed all investigations in 1998, thus leaving the reason of her death a mystery.
In Chargesheet, Divya Dutta plays Minnie, a popular actress who is suddenly found dead one day. Her death stuns everyone and the cops probe the matter but fail to find out whether it was a suicide, accident or murder. Jackie Shroff plays the role of Minnie"s boyfriend who is a filmmaker.
Dev Anand is a retired police Chief Gambhir Singh who reopens the case and finally manages to crack it.
Performances by all lead actors - Divya Dutta, Naseeruddin Shah and Jackie Shroff is good. The actors have proved their talent and ability beyond doubt in their previous films. However, this time around in Chargesheet, they did not have anything worthwhile to do. Music is just about okay.
Overall, Chargesheet is plain ordinary and will not do well at the box office.
Star-Cast: Dev Anand, Jackie Shroff, Riya Sen, Divya Dutta, Naseeruddin Shah
Director & Producer: Dev Anand