How many of us remember our teachers after passing out from school? Do they ever get the respect and due that they deserve for their hard-work and dedication? Well, several such questions pose in front of you while watching Shabana Azmi-Juhi Chawla starrer 'Chalk N Duster'. So is the film so powerful that it tugs your heart-strings? Let's find out here-
What's New: Nothing. How we wished there was something new in the plot. The film has soul in parts and pieces!
Popcorn Refill: Any-time during the film..we bet you won't miss much.
Plot: 'Chalk N Duster' is a story woven around two school teachers, Vidya Sawant (Shabana Azmi) and Jyoti Thakur (Juhi Chawla) who fight tooth and nail against a corrupt school management. ( Well, you have Divya Dutta here pulling off a vamp with Aarya Babbar who ends up being more spoof-like with his fake accent and loud acting). What follows next is a predictable plot and a KBC inspired climax (Oops..that was a slight hint of spoiler!)
Performance: Keeping these shortcomings aside, one must say that it's Shabana Azmi's brilliant portrayal of Vidya that stays with you for a long time. Juhi Chawla is back in form. She is bubbly and chirpy. But at the same time she even gets her emotional scenes right. Divya Dutta does a fine act as the cold-hearted principal Kamini Gupta. Aarya Babbar..we already said so much about him. However it is extremely disheartening to see someone like Girish Karnad wasted in such a wafer thin role. Oh wait..there's even some cameo by the likes of Richa Chadha, Jackie Shroff and Rishi Kapoor. Do they add some value to the film? Well, we leave that for you to decide.
Direction: 'Chalk N Duster' falls short of being a memorable flick due to mediocre direction and weak technical aspects. For some reasons, it fails to evoke much emotions as the director would have intended to! Yes, the film boosts of a social message that is probably the need of this hour and has an array of talented actors. Also there is not much to talk about the film's music.
Combo-on-offer: Drama + Social Message
Verdict: In spite of some shining performances, sadly 'Chalk N Duster' is a tale that doesn't stay on the blackboard for a long time! We give the film SLAPS for the blunt direction and hollow story.