Four years after his debut film, Qaidi Band in 2017, Aadar Jain is now back on the silver screen… well… its digitised version for now, with Hello Charlie. With a digital release on Prime Video, the movie has joined the list of Bollywood films finding an OTT slot in the times of corona. Should you watch this film? Maybe… or maybe not. Read on to know what I mean.
It’s a classic case of all hype, no drama
Hello Charlie is the story of a young lad, Chirag Rastogi aka Charlie (Jain), who comes to Mumbai in search of a job to pay off his late father’s loan instalments. After numerous failed jobs, he comes across Mona (played by Elnaaz Norouzi), a woman in desperate need of a truck service to transport her gorilla to Diu. Seeing the big bucks involved, Charlie instantly agrees to be the man for the job. What he doesn’t know is that he’s actually helping escaped fraudster MD Makwana (played by Jackie Shroff), who is dressed as the gorilla, to flee the country.
If we talk about the movie in general, it’s safe to say that it falls strictly under the mindless comedy genre. So if that’s your preference or if you have kids at home, then sure, it can be a decent watch. However, for the rest of us, the film does nothing but annoy us. The plot is predictable and so are the scenes. Charlie is shown as an absolute simpleton, or rather the stereotypical simpleton who lacks basic sense. He finds it amusing when he sees a gorilla changing tyres. He casually gets the gorilla to help push his truck when he runs out of fuel. The simple boy believes uss gorilla ke andar ‘insaaniyat’ hai. His only reaction upon finding out who the real gorilla is expressed through the dialogue, “Makwana? Mujhe laga is gorilla ke andar insaaniyat hai. Par iske andar toh shaitaan nikla.” Okay then.
Hello Charlie: Final thoughts
The only thing I found amusing with the film was the resemblance between Aadar Jain and his cousin Ranbir Kapoor. Not just looks guys, the voice is pretty similar too. If you play a game of closing your eyes to recognise the voice, it won’t be hard to get it wrong! I mean… that’s how I basically passed my time while watching the film. As an actor in a mindless comedy, Aadar Jain doesn’t disappoint. So we probably need to see him in diverse roles to see his true calibre. The movie, overall, is a great contender for the Kela Awards.
Hello Charlie is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.