Cast: Saif Ali Khan (Roshan Kalra), PadmaPriya Jankiraman (Radha), Aary (Svar Kamble), Nazruul (Chandan Roy Sanyal), Dinesh Prabhakar (Mobile Restaurant Driver of Raasta Cafe), and Milind Soman (Biju).
Directed by – Raja Krishna Menon.
Written by – Ritesh Shah, Suresh Nair and Raja Krishna Menon.
Produced by – Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Raja Krishna Menon, Vikram Malhotra and Janani Ravichandran.
Music by – Raghu Dixit and Amaal Malik.
Genre – Family Romantic Dramedy film.
Well for audiences today who were watching this film in the theatres, The Bollywood film ‘’Chef’’ 2017 inspired by Jon Favreau’s Hollywood film ‘’Chef’’ (2014) was a visual treat to watch.
The finest of actors who acted in the film did complete justice to their roles. The gripping storyline was so intense that it kept the audiences glued to their seats in the theatre.
Both the first and second half of the film are very strong as the storyline is the hero of the film. People didn’t lose their interest at all and were very excited, eager and damn curious to know as to what would happen in the next scenes throughout the film.
It is a story about a chef Roshan Kalra (Saif Ali Khan) who works for his boss in a 5 star hotel called Galli Cafe in New York where he’s a 3 Michelin Stars Chef. After some time, things get out of his hand and control as when a customer says the food is not good and he gets angry on him and hits him on his nose hard and his boss fires him which causes Roshan to quit his job at the hotel.
After quitting his job he goes to Cochin to meet his son Aary (Svar Kamble) and his ex-wife Radha (PadmaPriya Jankiraman) for a mini vacation for some days and also tries to think and figure out what could be done next.
Then he joins his hands with his best friend Nazruul (Chandan Roy Sanyal), ex-wife and son and starts a food truck named Raasta Cafe in Cochin to re-ignite and rekindle his love and passion for cooking and decides to finally let go of all his insecurities, inhibitions, in the end of film thereby solving all misunderstandings with his wife to finally live his entire life to the fullest with his family which he couldn’t do for so many years due to his job.
It is really a light hearted, entertaining, family based film which you can watch with the entire family. It is a story about a chef who doesn’t live his life normally and to fullest when he was working in a hotel Galli Café in New York as a 3 Michelin stars chef and how he decides to live his life to the fullest after quitting his job and tries to get his entire family back together when he starts a food truck and rekindles his love for cooking and becomes a family man after that.
It is not a one time watch film. You can watch this film multiple numbers of times and still get a warm and very fuzzy feeling every time you watch it making you hungry for good food more and more.
Saif Ali Khan as Roshan Kalra has perfectly played his role with utter sincerity and honesty and he has literally charmed and floored us with his acting, dialogue delivery, acting, expressions and emotions throughout the movie. He has given his 200% to his character in the film which is very superb and awesome thing in itself.
He proved that this role was just made for him and was like a perfect fit for him only and not anyone else could carry it off so effortlessly the way he has managed to pull it off.
He has proved that this was his best and most fabulous performance till date in his entire film career apart from Omkara, Race series (1 and 2), Cocktail, and Rangoon.
South Films actress PadmaPriya Jankiraman as Radha was just in perfect sync with her character in film and was amazing. She has done complete justice to her role in movie. Her acting was very natural in itself. Her expressions were just apt and in flow with her character. She has proved that she’s a very natural and effortless actress and we could literally not take our eyes away from her whenever she was in the frame.
They have introduced child actor Svar Kamble with this film. He plays character of Aary i.e. Radha and Roshan’s only son who misses his father in the first few scenes in film and then how Roshan realizes that he was never there for his son and tries to fix up and create a bonding with his son in the film.
The child actor is very much in synchronization with his character and his expressions, emotions, dialogue delivery is just fabulous and bang on which can be seen in the movie.
Even the other actors Nazruul (Chandan Roy Sanyal), Dinesh Prabhakar (Mobile Restaurant Driver of Raasta Cafe), and Milind Soman (Biju) also did their roles whole heartedly and with utter perfection and they proved that they were just fit and apt for their roles in film and have done complete justice to their roles as well.
There was not even a single moment where people watching the film did not laugh. Their laughter was very real, heart felt, pure and unfiltered which is something very rare that we experience and get to see nowadays as an audience.
There was no childish approach towards the most important characters in the film around which the story revolves which is also one of the main reasons of this film turning out to be something very different yet intriguing and ultimately it was successful in every way in creating that magic on the screens that it wanted to.
Screenplay is a very important part of any film as a strong screenplay helps in bringing out all the main characters more beautifully than what is expected.
In this film particularly to be specific the screenplay was very strong which was clearly seen as everything was treated with so much attention, care and with minute detailing that the film just turned out to be more visually spectacular and left us absolutely mesmerized and awestruck as well.
Cinematography and Direction –
Surprisingly Airlift fame critically acclaimed director Raja Krishna Menon was very strong and he did not disappoint the audiences and people this time as well as he has did such amazing work in his direction that every character just turned out to be more magical and impressive than what was expected in the movie originally by film critics.
Cinematography was very strong where each and every scene in film was looking very genuine, real, raw, aesthetically picture perfect and amazing and each and every detail in the film was given lots of attention by the director Raja Krishna Menon to make sure the main characters in the film and the story pans out more radiantly then what was expected by the people watching the film.
Each character was given equal screen space and dialogues were very impactful and just aptly created and fit for every actor playing their part.
He has done such excellent and incredible direction where every place be it New York, Cochin, Delhi, or Goa is so much beautifully connected to the entire story in the film that it makes you want to visit those places to feel its beauty.
Raghu Dixit and Amaal Mallik have composed the music for this film. When we expect music from these two powerful musical duo, it has to be nothing but the best and this time once again they’ve given the best music for this film.
The music of film is just perfect according to the setting, storyline and the kind of mood in which the film is set. All the songs of the film are so melodious, soulful, soothing and had that charm in them that makes you want to listen to them again and again.
Cinespeaks Verdict –
Plot of the film was very strong where we did see that the film turned out as a visual treat to be watched by the people in theatres.
It is not a one time watch film but if you are Saif Ali Khan fan, you should go and watch it as with this he has proved that this was a very excellent and brilliant performance by him and he still has that aura, charm, persona, vigour and enthusiasm to perform.
All the other characters have also worked very hard and with passion which can be clearly seen by the way they were acting their part, saying dialogues, expressing their emotions in every scene so it’s a teamwork effort of everyone involved which made this just a magical experience for people who watched it.
By Vrinda Mundara.