Netflix Chopsticks (2019) starring Abhay Deol, Mithila Palkar Review

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The movie revolves around the life of a shy, timid girl named Nirma whose brand new car gets stolen after she mistakenly hands over the keys to a thief believing him to be a valet. She must now team up with a conman to find her car, and in the process, learn to face the different challenges that life throws at her.

Cast

The movie features Mithila Palkar as Nirma Sahastrabuddhe, Abhay Deol as Artist, Vijay Raaz as Faiyaz Bhai, Benafsha Soonawalla as Ananya, Narendra Khatri as Farooq, and Achint Kaur as Nirma’s boss Zacharia among others.

 

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Review

Directed by Sachin Yardi, Chopsticks is a great amalgamation of light-hearted comedy and suspense. The movie follows a linear plot wherein a girl named Nirma, whose name is made fun of everywhere she goes, loses her car to a thief. She then meets a conman who goes by the name Artist who is eccentric. Having deep connections in the crime market of Mumbai, he helps Nirma find her car. While doing chores for him as a payment for his services, Nirma learns the tricks of the trade and struggles to overcome her nerves.

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It is a great movie in the sense that it gives you a character to root for. Nirma is as an underdog as underdogs get. So naturally, you want to get behind her and root for her to win against powerful and potentially dangerous people. Mithila Palkar is absolutely adorable in the role of Nirma. This role, it appears, was specially designed to accommodate her personality. Her natural innocence and inherent cuteness just add a whole new flavor to her character. It also makes the movie exciting because she seems so fragile that you’re worried she would get hurt playing around these dangerous situations.

Abhay Deol is his usual self in the movie – deadpan expression and edgy delivery. Vijay Riyaz also gives a very convincing performance as a gangster. After having seen him in so many comic roles, it was a pleasant surprise to see his acting potential being utilized in a serious role.

 

There’s nothing much to say about the music in the movie. It is very average and isn’t used explicitly. Funny music for funny scenes, sad music for sad scenes is the theme of the music. All the actors in the movie seem to give more or less okay performances.

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There comes a point towards the end where you think the movie is getting predictable but then a twist comes and the movie ends on a good note, and so will I. This is a movie you must watch if you have two hours to spare. You won’t regret it.

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