Chup Movie Review
Film: Chup: Revenge Of The Artist
Director: R Balki
The concept of Chup is a psychotic killer who targets movie critics for his victims. A series of bizarre and unsettling killings have shocked Mumbai. Every time a new movie comes out, critics for that movie are killed every week. Sunny Deol’s character, Arvind Mathur, is in charge of the Mumbai Crime Branch and has a case to solve. With the help of criminal psychologist Zenobia (Pooja Bhatt), he attempts to understand the killer’s thoughts in an effort to apprehend him.
Chup has an exciting beginning, and we simply need to be ready to witness the most heinous murder possible. The first murder demonstrates that the movie will keep you on the edge of your seat, and there is no turning back at this point.
The director R. Balki is renowned for bringing realistically twisted plots and carrying them out in the most entertaining manner. He did that with Cheeni Kum, Paa, Ki & Ka, and other things as well. Here, in “Chup,” he attempts a horrific crime that has never been seen before: a serial killer who is slicing cinema critics and leaving stars on their foreheads.
The task is understood, and the execution moves forward in the appropriate direction. Because of the era of OTT, which has less restriction, we have grown accustomed to the gory images that film has always kept for special effects. But when it comes to Chup, we simply can’t handle it while planning the next murder’s execution.
Patterns, like stealing a paragraph from a review and committing the murder in exactly the same way, reveal the psychopath’s nature. “Get that execution under way!”
I was anxious about whether to watch this movie with terror or merely as another work of art and a filmmaker’s labour of love because I am still a novice critic.
Chup is a movie that honours cinephiles who are obsessed with movies. Their entire existence is centred around making occasional references to movies, seeing movies, and even getting their hearts shattered when movies fall flat. The movie features several types of critics from the print and video industries; some are real, while others are hired. So how does the murderer choose his next victim? He is such a movie aficionado that he is familiar with not just Indian cinema but also other cultures.
There isn’t a deliberate game of cat and mouse between investigating officer Arvind Mathur, played by Sunny Deol, and the serial killer. However, as the narrative progresses, the pattern appears to be highly intriguing.
On the one hand, Deol’s character is putting an end to this person who is turning the movie industry into a slaughterhouse by killing movie critics. However, Danny (Dulquer Salmaan), the proprietor of a flower shop, and Nila Menon, an entertainment reporter, are developing a romantic relationship (Shreya Dhanwanthary).
Chup is purely a Dulquer Salmaan show in terms of performances. You can’t take your eyes off the performer since he is so good in each moment. Knowing the actor’s body of work over the past ten years, regardless of the language of the movies he has starred in, he has portrayed every shade. But it’s fascinating to see how Balki manifests his other latent abilities.
Sunny Deol is fantastic as a cop and revives the charm he displayed in Damini, Ghayal, Ghatak, and other films.
Pooja Bhatt’s appearance in the second half is really fantastic and shows how brilliant an actor she has always been. She should appear on the screen more frequently.
With the way her character begins, Shreya Dhanwanthary appears to have potential. But when the movie takes shape, it just doesn’t mesh well. The actor has what seems to be a love interest-like part towards the conclusion, but it is less significant.
Dulquer Salmaan takes the cake that Balki bakes and adds a harsh glaze to it.