Movie review: Bullets fly, lovers cry, villains try in Tamanchey

  • Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2014 12:51 IST

Film: Tamanchey
Cast: Nikhil Dwivedi, Richa Chadda, Damandeep Singh
Director: Navneet Behal
Rating: 2/5

Dhaniya bo denge, deewar khod denge aur likh denge kranti – A dialogue from Tamanchey.

There’re spoilers ahead, so you’re requested to come back to this review after watching the film. Thanks a lot if you’re still reading it.

What happens when Bonnie and Clyde meets Maqbool? Tamanchey. Why? Let me explain please.

Two criminals Munna Mishra (Nikhil Dwivedi) and Babu (Richa Chadda) meet in one of the weirdest situations possible, in a valley during a deadly police van accident which kills all the policemen and criminals except these two. Eyes meet, sparks fly and they exchange hearts. Now, two extra adventurous guys are on a run but every now and then fall prey to stupid cupid and thus they keep taking shelters inside secluded buildings and trains. Just when Munna thinks that his love is going to break all boundaries, Babu goes missing. But, lovers are bound to meet again and thus Munna starts searching for Babu and finds her only to realise that she is the mistress of a dreaded gangster Rana Tau (Damandeep Singh). Can a village guy break all the shackles to win his love or the love herself is playing hide-and-seek? Will Rana not do anything about it? Who will end up as a frustrated lover? The climax of the film answers all these questions.

Watch: Tamanchey trailer

When Richa Chadda is there, one automatically expects some quirky moments and she doesn’t disappoint in Tamanchey either. The opening sequence is probably the most promising part of the film where the dialogues do the trick. The director (Navneet Behal) introduces his primary characters through spicy dialogues and slang. This work tremendously in favour of the film as Munna and Babu’s backgrounds get established in the audience’s mind. Also, the target audience of Tamanchey, in my opinion tier II and III cities, have been marveling over such things in the past. The multiplex audience may take solace in the fact that most of the film is set in Delhi. There is a well thought out planning behind Tamanchey as it something for every sort of audience, but is it enough?

First thing first. The writing lacks depth. The scenes get immersed into each other just at the point where the characters start emerging. In a film like Tamanchey where almost everybody can predict the next scene you have just one tool to play with the audience’s mind and that is intra-personal conflict of the characters. Dialogue-baazi is alright but that should be based on logical premise. If the protagonist is trapped inside the villain’s den then he has to act as per the common man’s beliefs, but then we always get confused between a protagonist and a hero.

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There are sparkling dialogues which carry the film forward. For example there is a secondary character who says, “Badi zimmedaari ka kaam hai chahna.” The impact of this dialogue is noteworthy. Similarly, Munna says, “Kaam toh hum Raavan jaisa karte hain,” which hits the bull’s eye, but such moments keep getting lesser in number as the film progresses and they dry up completely after 15 minutes into the second half.

The screenwriter’s quest for the classic structure doesn’t solve any purpose and Tamanchey becomes a rehash of ‘90s Hindi films.

Tamanchey has a scene in which the lead pair starts making out during a bank dacoity. The ideas behind this sequence might be grand but how it looks on the screen is nothing more than a juvenile effort. Unfortunately, there are many such scenes in the film.

Nikhil Dwivedi appears earnest and he has tried a lot to look convincing. It’s not surprising that he has given Richa Chadda a run for her money in most of the scenes. Richa is slightly above average which doesn’t go well with her reputation that she has earned after Gangs Of Wasseypur and Fukrey.

Damandeep Singh (Rana) has a menacing appearance but less focus on mannerism has diluted the essence of his persona. He could have emerged as the most efficient plot point but once again the director preferred pace over depth.

Talking of pace, the editor has done a good job by keeping a fast tempo and it saves the film from falling apart in the climax, which is highly predictable.

Overall, Tamanchey lacks novelty but can be watched once for its tongue in cheek dialogues. (Interact with the author at Twitter/@nawabjha)

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