Deccan Chronicle

Movie Review | A flight of fancy called Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga'

Deccan Chronicle.| Ajit Andhare

Published on: March 25, 2023 | Updated on: March 26, 2023
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First things first. Filmmakers need to be creative at least while christening their movies. This poaching of a line from some popular song of yore and making it your movie’s title is just plain lazy.

Earlier we had ‘Monica, O My Darling’. Now, we have ‘Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga’, which is a line from a nursery rhyme which half of the country might not have heard.

Thankfully the movie is not as trash. For once, it’s a case of don’t judge the book by its cover.

However, the first 15 minutes or so do conform to the usual tropes of boy-meets-girl, and song and dance routine. But once this customary playing to the gallery is done with, ‘Chor…’ takes you on a rollercoaster ride which is full of surprises and idiosyncrasies.

To like ‘Chor…’ you have to get rid of your thinking cap and believe that it’s easy to smuggle in diamonds worth crores on an international flight, you can make pseudo-weapons in a plane’s washroom and ilk.

‘Chor…’ is what one would call the smart alec of movies. It’s neither path-breaking nor outstanding. Still, it has the potential to keep you glued till the last scene as nothing is what it appears to be.

Neha Grover (Yami Gautam) and her boyfriend Ankit Sethi (Sunny Kaushal) plan to loot those diamonds mentioned earlier during a flight. However, their apple cart is upset as the flight is hijacked. Keeping the flag of illogicality flying high, still Ankit manages to steal the diamonds during the hijack. However, much to his shock he later finds out that those diamonds are fake.

Obviously, the story doesn’t end here as at least 50 minutes are still remaining in this 110 minutes long movie.

Here, the director decides to treat us with one turn after another in quick succession and the pace with which everything unfolds keeps the audience engaged. Director Ajay Singh does deserve credit for this.

While ‘Chor…’ is high on this front, it’s low on logic. The changes that you are subjected to in the story and the reasoning given for it is unbelievable and ridiculous, to say the least.

Blending a hijack drama with a mid-air heist doubles the thrill but needs a lot of heft and deft to pull it off. By and large, the movie hits an air pocket on that score.
Though it’s a hijack drama there are no tense moments when your heart goes out for some character. As an audience, you remain a bystander here and never get pulled into the drama.

But it’s a solid performance from Yami Gautam that overshadows such anomalies. To begin with she looks the part. She is playing an air hostess. She has delivered a decent performance making her a bankable actress. Coincidentally, her last movie too was an OTT release.

Sunny Kaushal as a suave, shady businessman is passable. Though the length of his role is a lot, its impact is minimal.

With decent performances, an impressive background score, genre-bending, technically sleek ‘Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga’ is worth a dekko. This hijacked plane has been parked on Netflix for now. You can board it.

OTT: Netflix
Director: Ajay Singh
Cast: Yami Gautam, Sunny Kaushal

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