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Chef Movie Review

Chef is an upcoming Hindi film directed by Raja Krishna Menon. It features Saif Ali Khan and Padmapriya Janakiraman in the lead roles. It is an official remake of American film Chef (2014). and it is scheduled for a worldwide release on 6 October 2017.

The music of the film is composed by Raghu Dixit and Amaal Mallik while the lyrics have been penned by Ankur Tewari andRashmi Virag. The first song of the film titled as “Shugal Laga Le” sung by Raghu Dixit was released 6 September 2017. The second song “Tere Mere” sung by Armaan Malik was released on 11 September 2017. The third song titled as “Banjara” which is sung by Vishal Dadlani.

“Chef” Movie Cast & Crew:

Director: by Raja Krishna Menon
Produced by: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Raja Krishna Menon, Vikram Malhotra, Janani Ravichandran
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Padmapriya, Janakiraman
Music Director: Raghu Dixit Amaal Mallik
Language: Hindi

“Chef” Movie Story Line:

Roshan Kalra(Saif) is a three-star Michelin chef who gets fired from New York’s Gulli restaurant after he punches a customer. Forced to take a break, he flies to Kochi to spend time with his son, Armaan (Svar) and his estranged wife Radha Menon (Padmapriya). It’s a fruitful trip because he manages to mend broken family ties. In a bid to help him get his mojo back, his wife suggests he put up his own food truck and begin afresh.

CHEF REVIEW: Taking inspiration from Hollywood’s delectable film of the same name made by Jon Favreau in 2014, director Raja Krishna Menon gives us a slice-of-life film that satiates the palette and tugs at your heartstrings. Chef works on two levels. First, it takes you on a gastronomical adventure; one in which the protagonist’s culinary skills will have you reaching out for your apron, knives and heading to the kitchen in a bid to try making some of the finger-licking food shown on screen.

This is the kind of film which lends itself to different languages and inflections. Roshan’s ex is a Malayali, so for her to break into her native tongue is natural. That’s true for her son as well, and he does best. Roshan himself is heard speaking perfectly passable Angrezi but they all affect a strange, plastic English Hindi mix, created solely in Bollywood.

And the way the food on display is handled is a disappointment. Kalra claims he is a great chef (did I hear three Michelin stars mentioned somewhere?) but is to be seen twirling his fork around some pasta, mostly. It’s a mystery why Kalra has been written so blandly. A man who loves food literally dives into, takes deep swallows of it, sniffs the aroma, eats with contagious pleasure. Yes, he seems to have lost his mojo, we are told, but what is it that brings him back to the table, all guns firing? I kept waiting for the tipping point. The film does make a stab at depicting the sensuousness that comes with the true enjoyment of cooking and savouring colors and tastes, but it remains, just that, a stab: no one, including Kalra, gets their nose really busy.

Still, this is where Saif Ali Khan needs to be, this zone, where he can be a flawed person in search of his true self. Here he plays, variously, a failed husband, a father not very good at parenting, and a man not knowing what he wants. And he could have made a meal of it, if this was a better realized film.

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