Charles Sobhraj, the suave psychopath, preyed on victims in South East Asia earned celebrity for his shocking crimes. His charming demeanour, unbelievable escapes from the high-security Tihar Jail and his unquenchable depravity have all been well documented. Now, we get our first biopic on the Bikini Killer. It’s called Main Aur Charles and stars Randeep Hooda as the titular serial killer.
Narrated from the perspective of police officer Amod Kanth, the film is about the daring 1986 Tihar jailbreak he attempted with a couple of other inmates.
Sobhraj’s life is a fascinating tale of a charmer who knows his way with women. The storytelling happens in an objective way which keeps the audience at a distance from The Serpent’s life.
The film attempts to understand the man beneath the insanity. Instead of focusing on his criminal activities, director Prawaal Raman tries to make sense of the psychology of his many crimes. The question of what makes a man do what he does is the one Raman wants to find the answer to. He was, after all, a man who charmed his way into the hearts of numerous unsuspecting women, despite being an internationally wanted criminal.
When Randeep Hooda recently met Charles Shobhraj in Nepal jail during his promotional tour to the country, Shobhraj told him that the film picks on “the most interesting aspect” of his life.
Richa Chadha, Adil Hussain and Tisca Chopra also feature in the movie.
Watch this space for our review of Main Aur Charles.