Negative : 3
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Ratings:3/5 Review By:Shubha Shetty-Saha Site:Mid-day
Technically the movie gives you a unique style of cinematography, with interesting play of lights, but that’s clearly not enough. Your interest starts waning after a point as you start losing track of what’s happening as the director takes you too often on a giddy trip of different timelines. The movie is all style and very little soul. And that’s a disappointment as it attempted to tell a really fascinating story of a mastermind. But do watch it, if only for Hooda.
Ratings:3/5 Review By:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
Main Aur Charles is a film without songs although it has a remix of Jab chhaye mera jadoo koi bachh na paaye (Lootmaar, 1980) lip-synched by a cabaret performer in a Bombay nightclub - an indication of the period the film is set in.Another cinematic reference later in the film alludes to Fritz Lang's expressionist Metropolis, which 'movie lover' Charles describes as "Hitler's favourite film'. That is no mean detour for a Bollywood thriller.The supporting cast, which includes Tisca Chopra in the role of Amod Kanth's wife and Vipin Sharma as a compromised jailor, do their bit for the drama. Bollywood biopics usually tend to be horrendously bloated and overwrought. Main Aur Charles is anything but.If that isn't enough of an incentive, watch it for Randeep Hooda's alluring French drawl and Adil Hussain's sturdy presence.
Ratings:1/5 Review By:Shubhar gupta Site:Indianexpress.com
it was the kind of astoundingly brazen ‘kaand’ whose reverberations were felt in the system for a long time. Hussain tries hard, but is left to flounder: he fulminates too much, as opposed to the real-life Kanth who went after the real-life Sobhraj with the kind of dogged, smart approach that finally nailed the man. The reel representation is all jumbled surface, with very little going on underneath: What made this man tick? The film gives us no answers. Randeep Hooda has it. He needed a better film.
Ratings:4/5 Review By:Raja Sen Site:Rediff.com
Not that we need it. Charles is the only ladykiller we know, and we remain fascinated. And despite the character having Mein Kampf on his shelf and showing fellow prisoners Fritz Lang's Metropolis -- "Hitler's favourite film" -- it should be remembered that the 'Charles' in his name came from a Chaplin impression he used to do back in the day. (Or, at least, that's how the story goes.)
Ratings:3/5 Review By:Meena Iyer Site:Times Of India
Prawaal Raman does a commendable job of recreating the 60s-70s. He also gets his protagonist's physicality and smugness bang on. Working on a wafer-thin account given to him by the real-life Delhi cop, Amod Kanth, Raman still manages to infuse life (at least partly) into this film and into the life of the notorious killer.
Ratings:2/5 Review By:Surabhi Redkar Site:Koimoi
The problem with Main Aur Charles is that it strives hard to be high on style but low on content. It constantly lets you down with the way the story is heading. If you feel like getting a whiff of the 80s and transcend into the hippie culture, you could watch the film but for more knowledge on Sobhraj, I suggest google is better.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By:Manjusha Radhakrishnan Site:GulfNews
There are many interesting strands in Main Aur Charles, but the strands don’t weave together well because the thrills that give us a window into the cat-and-mouse-game between a determined cop and a rabid creep come at a staggered pace. In short, Main Aur Charles is a grim, no-frills cop and criminal saga, but we wish the thrills were as potent and magnetic as Sobhraj’s notorious personality. Film’s complicated approach means viewers are left exhausted after playing catch-up with the storyline
Ratings:-- Review By:Nandini Ramnath Site:Scroll
In Prawaal Raman’s fictional retelling of Charles Sobhraj’s jailbreak in the mid-1980s, style trumps substance. Had Raman stuck with his investigation into Charles’s mystique and his self-mythologisation, this movie might have actually become the sophisticated biopic it wants to be. Main Aur Charles should really have been about the poster, not the case file.
Main Aur Charles Wiki
Movie: Main Aur Charles
Synopsis: The movie revolves around Charles, an enigmatic con man and a vicious killer, and the lives he touched with his inescapable charm and mysterious personality.We follow Charles, who is literally evil personified, as he manipulates innumerable people to facilitate his jail break. The thin line between his victims and accomplices include a copywriter of an international ad agency clinging on to Charles for hope, a royal princess seeking adventure in an otherwise bland life, a young hippie girl hopelessly drawn towards him, and an innocent law student Mira madly in love with the dreams sold by Charles amongst various others - from a financial wizard, an extortionist from Haryana to a helpless prison supervisor. Bit by bit, the character of Charles is revealed through all those who encountered him.
Release Dates: Oct 22, 2015
Director: Prawaal Raman
Producer: Raju Chadha, Amit Kapoor, Vikram Khakhar
Running time: 2h 3 m
Music composed by: Vipin Patwa, Aditya Trivedi, Bally Grunge and Sanjeev-Darshan
Adil Hussain - Amod Kanth
Alexx O'Nell - Richard human
Anastasia Fomina - Andrea
Dijana Dejanovic - Charles Lawyer
Lucky Morani - Dr.Ashima
Mandana Karimi - Liz
Nandu Madhav - Madhukar Zhende
Randeep Hooda - Charles
Richa Chadda - Mira
Saurabh Sarkar - Bhajrang
Sandeep Punia - Satpal
Satyakaam Gupta - Rajan
Heeral Mei - Princes Malvika
Shanu Dev - Mr.Joshi (Investigating Officer)
Vinayak Dubey - Toby
Vipin Sharma - Satender Nath (Jailor)
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