We have seen Educational films in past like Do Dooni Chaar, 3 Idiots which are some where related to teachers, to change the Education system & has been hugely appreciated by viewers due to it great message. Now Lets see Our next film CHALK N DUSTER which again is a Solo Release, how it fares with Audience ?
Film Chalk N Duster opens with Annual Day Prepartions of Kantaben High School, where Dacnce Teacher Jyoti (Juhi Chawala) & Art Teacher (Upasana Singh Bharadwaj) are doing rehearsals with students for Annual Day. Twist comes when Head Clerk Kamini (Divya Dutta) tells lies to Anmol Pareikh (Aarya Babbar) who is a UK return , that She has done preparations for Annual day & Takes the honor of Principal.
On Getting Powers, Kamini increases fees , puts charge on Tea , Inorder to haraas Teachers so they on their own leave and go, So can appoint younger ones.
But Here comes twist , when She raised fingers on Vidya (Shabana Azmi) that she is incapable of teaching – Who has given free lectures & classes to students who can’t afford. These words came in ears of Jackie Shroff (Who is owner of No 1 School) & He sent Media (Richa Chaddha) to Kantaben School and Then you know “When Media is there, Truth can’t be hidden”
Rapid Fire Round is the Best Round by Anchor (Rishi Kapoor) where Questions are Set by Anmol Pareikh & Kamini Gupta. And Spontaneous Answers by Vidya mam & Jyoti Mam. Here also you will get some GK like “First Petrol Car” , etc
(Samir Soni) is an Computer Engineer and plays is supporting Husband of Jyoti Mam (Juhi Chawla) . Child Actors are really good and thenspecial appreances of NASA scientists and Pilot who are students of Vidya.
Direction by Jayant Gilatar is just Super. Great story line which is portrayed by sweetness and simplicity, and keeps it charm throughout.
Music By Sandesh Shandilya is sensuous especially “Aye Zindagi” & “The fear of Algebra” which guesses will remind you of Algebra and Geometry.
Review: Film Chalk N Duster is full of Entertainment with strong Content & good message to open the eyes of Corrupt System which is Sad , But true. And also you will send “Good Morning message to your Teachers after Watching or might you may even go for Picnic to you School.
Character Graph : Juhi Chawla looks lovely as Dance teacher, which actually took me back reminded of my Hindi Teacher. Shabana Azmi (Maths teacher) and I can really remember lessons given by Naina teacher on Algebra. Aarya Babbar also maintains his presence even in his small appearance . Special Appearance by Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Richa is again Outstanding. And Last but not Least Vampish Divya Dutta , you are juts thundering after Bhagban.
When ever a Story is based on 1947 Partition , and on above if its a Love Story – Film has created History with GADAR, PINJAR and many more. Partition is like Bitter phase which has come like a Flue but resolved with times.
QISSA is a story of Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) A Sikh who lives with his wife Maher (Tisca Chopra) , three daughters & forth Son set in post- Colonial India when part of Punjab in Pakistan. He builds a new home for his family.
As Umber Singh always wanted a son who can grow his empire so He had grown up his Forth Daughter as his son , Kanwar played by Tillotama Shome. Kanwar discovered himself slowly as he grows up and Umber Singh sets his marriage with Neeli (Rasika Duggal) . As Urban Singh could not get son from his wife Maher, so he tries to seduce his Daughter in law Neeli in order to have son But Kanwar shoots his Father Urman Singh.
Then his Mother , Maher tells Kanwar to apart and stay in separate quarter with Neeli only then he discovers himself as he was not growing up as a man. At times, Kanwar was confused that what was he as his Dad had never seen him.
Well In short the story could be , As the country was struggling to find their place on what they are. Similarly this young Boy Kanwar was struggling to find his own Eternity. That’s the Reason Director has described it as Tale of a Ghost
Audience : This film is not for Commercial purpose , But for those who believe in creative Artistic Cinema – Yes Then Its your QISSA
Review : First of all , Let me make it Clear that QISSA is not a Commercial film but it can be described as Beautiful Artistic piece of Cinema. Irrfan Khan is a spontaneous actor and was versatile in Punjabi Jet Character. No words to describe Tisca Chopra , as it can be her another thrilling performance after Rahasya which is being appreciated by Masses. Actress Tillotama Shome who plays the role of a Boy is too good, at times we were unable to justice that she is not a girl.
Rating : ★★★★
[Rating is on Artistic Values , and Does Not indicates commercialism]