Choona is a satirical comedy by director Pushpendra Nath Mishra that revolves around a revenge heist. When a group of individuals are wronged by the same politician, they join forces to ruin his political career. But is it really that easy to con a politician who is already a professional con artist? Starring Jimmy Shergill, Aashim Gulati, Namit Das, Gyanendra Tripathi, Atul Srivastava, Vikram Kochhar, and Chandan Roy, here’s our review of Choona, an eight-part series streaming on Netflix.
Shukla ji par shani bhaari
Avinash Shukla (Jimmy Shergill) is an unruly, ruthless, power-hungry, and sharp-minded politician whose life revolves around vaastu and planets. He never makes a move before calculating the risks and is fondly called calculator Shukla. So, when he decides to overthrow the government to become the next Chief Minister, what could stop him? To be precise, the alignment of his planets. There are six planets that are going to change Shukla’s fate. And when his Pandit (Atul Srivastava) tells him to change course, he removes him from the way as he doesn’t want any obstruction.
Shukla is planning to buy three MLAs to overthrow the government. To do so, he will be getting a huge sum of three hundred crore rupees. But he barely knows that the six planets in his kundali that are aligned to bring his downfall are sitting in a bar and plotting against him.
Shukla’s grah dosh unite for his downfall
Yakub Ansari (Aashim Gulati) is a goon from a local party who is seeking revenge from Shukla for killing his uncle. His childhood friend Baankey (Gyanendra Tripathi) is a policeman who is thrashed by his senior and demoted for manhandling Shukla. Then there’s JP (Vikram Kochhar), a contractor whose company goes bankrupt because Shukla denies approval for a major project due to vaastu. Next in the gang is Bishnu (Chandan Roy), Shukla’s muted confidant and brother-in-law, whose sister was murdered by Shukla. The fifth person planning Shukla’s downfall is Triloki (Namit Das), a master of disguise. And last, but not the least, is Pandit Ji (Atul Srivastava) who rises back from the dead to seek his revenge.
So will Shukla’s shani dosh destroy him and keep him from the hot seat of the CM? Will the vengeful planets orchestrate a brilliant revenge heist to bring him to his knees? Watch Choona which takes its time to build but is a pleasant watch that will keep you entertained.
Cast and storyline
Jimmy Shergill as Avinash Shukla is attention-grabbing as always. His character could have been a little more layered ’cause Shukla felt a little monotonous at times. Aashim Gulati as Ansari is a handsome and rugged goon who gets a lot of screen time to make you appreciate his performance. Gyanendra Tripathi as Baankey, Vikram Kochhar as JP, Chandan Roy as Bishnu, Namit Das as Triloki, and Atul Srivastava as Pandit Ji make for an unusual group that is entertaining to watch.
All in all, Pushpendra Mishra’s effort to create a political heist isn’t half bad. The story starts slow and there are a lot of characters that might leave you a little confused in between. But the characters make it worthwhile to sit through eight episodes.
Can you watch it with your family?: It’s best to watch Choona by yourself as it has violence and abusive language.
Choona is now streaming on Netflix.