Review

Chutney review: Revenge served with a dash of the sweet and sour

Release Date: 28 Nov 2016 / 17min


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Sukhpreet Kahlon

The film tells a spicy tale with brilliant performances from all the artistes whose roles are so well defined that we can get into their lives despite the short runtime.

“Love... it’s a bad thing,” says Tisca Chopra’s character in this most unusual film which, quite like a chutney, is a happy co-mingling of different ingredients — romance, mystery and the unexpected.

Chopra’s debut film as a producer generated quite a lot of curiosity, especially with its curious title, and the film, directed by Jyoti Kapur Das, has been widely appreciated.

The 30-minute short starring Adil Hussain, Rasika Dugal and Chopra in the main roles, has Chopra playing a buck-toothed, ostensibly simple woman from Ghaziabad who does not quite know the ways of the world... or so it seems.

With Delhi’s Model Town as the setting, Das’s film offers an unexpected story set in a locality where people live cheek by jowl and are always interested in others' lives. Hussain plays Chopra’s husband with a roving eye, whose latest object of affection is Dugal. Chopra notices her husband’s lasciviousness and invites the young woman home, as she has been a fan of her cooking and wishes to learn some recipes.

The culinary theme is taken forward as Dugal is offered a mouthwatering plate of pakoras with a delicious chutney. Eager to know the recipe of the chutney, Duggal asks Chopra who, like a character from a Roald Dahl story, offers the most unusual recipe of what makes the chutney so special.

The film has brilliant performances by all the artistes, who have very defined roles that enable us to get into and understand their lives despite the brevity of screen time. But the most commendable performance comes from Chopra herself who balances the naiveté of a small-town woman with the deftness of someone who has experienced life of a certain kind and doesn’t falter in the face of the unexpected.

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