Banners: Panorama Studios, Seven Hillss Cine Creations
Producers: Shankar KN, Amith Kumar
Director: Shekhar Sirrinn
Cast: Ashutosh Rana, Makarand Deshpande, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Natalia Janoszek, Aman Verma, Zakir Hussain
Writer: Shekhar Sirrinn
Music: Shekhar Sirrinn
Let’s begin with the essentials first. In one of the several not so crucial scenes, the antagonist says to a certain character with heroic merits and abandon, ‘Tu gareebon ka Jolly LLB hai!’ And that sums up the entire film that is Chicken Curry Law! The film is an appalling mix of Pink and Jolly LLB 2. Only the title of this film promises some ‘taste’ but few minutes into the film and you realise you wish you had not gone by its name for this is a recipe, sure, but only for disaster!
The film deals with the rampant topic of rape and attempts to raise questions on issues such as victim shaming and the perception that item numbers propagate rape culture. The film opens with Maya, a belly dancer who comes to India in search of a job, but gets raped by two influential and powerful men. They belong to the family of Union Minister, Sharad Joshi, and so it is a no-brainer that no stone is left unturned to protect the rapists from the law. Enter Satya Deshmukh, an activist and social worker who runs a shelter for women who have faced abuse, assault and rape. She takes the help of a lawyer, Sitapati Shukla, who also runs a pav bhaaji (ummm never mind!) stall. They fight it out for Maya so that the assaulters are punished.
The writing is uninspiring and the execution, shabby. Not a single dialogue leaves any impact and they lack novelty. The sequences are so done to death that there is nothing to look forward to. There are a bunch of comic sequences that seem to be crammed in to provide some relief to the viewers. But again, they are incoherently woven into the narrative and leave no impact.
One of the characters, who is supposedly a Tamil-speaking lawyer, is given words and a diction so stereotypical and crooked that it leaves you flabbergasted. The makers have asked the actors to up the melodrama quotient so high that when they speak (read yell), it drains you of your energy.
One cannot blame the editing when the writing itself is so lousy. That said, editor Shadab Khan could have trimmed down the so-called comic scenes. Director Shekhar Sirrinn creates an atmosphere that fails to resonate with you. Maya’s grief does not tug at your heartstrings either.
Performance-wise, Ashutosh Rana plays his part well as usual but he deserved a stronger script and character. Makarand Deshpande seems to be a misfit. It is sad to see that an actor of his calibre so wasted. Natalia Janoszek as Maya is not convincing enough. It seems like she failed to slip under the skin of her character. Nivedita Bhattacharya is impressive as a strong, commanding and fearless social worker. Zakir Hussain also suffers from a poorly written character. Aman Verma has nothing much to do. The rest of the cast is mediocre and is extremely forgettable.