Madam Chief Minister Review: Richa Chadha’s Political Drama Is Worse Than Bland. It Is Bunk

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Madam Chief Minister Review: Richa Chadha's Political Drama Is Worse Than Bland. It Is Bunk

Madam Chief Minister Overview: A promotional poster of the movie. (Picture courtesy: therichachadha )

Solid: Richa Chadha, Manav Kaul, Akshay Oberoi, Saurabh Shukla, Subhrajyoti Barat

Director: Subhash Kapoor

Score: 1 star (out of 5)

Knowledgeable political dramas are a rarity in Hindi cinema. When a movie titled Madam Chief Minister comes alongside, one can, subsequently, barely include one’s pleasure. You count on a cinematic work that tackles each politics and gender and gives clever insights into the 2 themes. However this new theatrical launch written and directed by Subhash Kapoor (Phas Gaye Re Obama, Jolly LLB) and starring Richa Chadha within the lead function, is a catastrophe. It’s worse than bland. It’s bunk.

Madam Chief Minister is a jumble of pedestrian notions that add as much as nothing noteworthy. It touches upon caste and gender points not solely half-heartedly but additionally with the help of yawn-inducing cliches. It’s primarily a narrative that rides on individuals jousting in unseemly and weird methods for political energy. The principal character’s social identification nor her gender comes into play in any important approach when the girl assumes the very best workplace in India’s largest state and has to tug out the stops to maintain her rivals at bay.

Madam Chief Minister opens someplace in Uttar Pradesh within the early Eighties the place on the very day {that a} Dalit man’s wedding ceremony procession is violently prevented from passing by means of an higher caste locality, a woman in one other Dalit residence escapes feminine infanticide. The movie jumps ahead to the current.

The heroine Tara – she is clearly the woman who may not have lived past the day of her start in 1982 – is now an assistant librarian in a boys’ faculty. A number of boys barge into the library and ask for a duplicate of the Kamasutra. Tara offers them a bit of her thoughts. They beat a hasty retreat. Moments later, a scholar chief Indramani Tripathi (Akshay Oberoi) arrives within the studying corridor together with his slogan-shouting supporters. She is agency once more: you aren’t permitted to shout slogans right here, she tells them. Give us permission, the faculty union election candidate retorts.

Seems that Tara is in a relationship with Indramani Tripathi. She is pregnant for the second time. The primary time round, she had gone in for an abortion. Not once more, she asserts when the higher caste boy refuses to marry her. She places her foot down and declares that she is not going to terminate the being pregnant come what might. The lover, fearful about his political future, unleashes his goons on her.

Saved within the nick of time by a veteran political chief, Grasp Suraj Bhan (Saurabh Shukla), she turns into part of the inside coterie of his occasion, which works for the uplift of the backward castes. She shortly turns into the outdated man’s trusted factotum.

The start of her political ascent is barely a step away from right here. The chief of a rival political occasion, Arvind Singh (Subhrajyoti Barat), comes up with a proposal for a tie-up with Suraj Bhan’s group for the upcoming state elections. Having seen the spark in Tara, Suraj Bhan sends her to barter the seat-sharing cope with Arvind Singh. Quickly sufficient, she turns into the occasion’s candidate from the sitting chief minister’s constituency.


A troublesome younger lady in a political formation dominated by male geriatrics, Tara registers her presence in no unsure method. She is picked forward a senior occasion chief to be the chief minister when the alliance wins the election comfortably.

Till this level, the yarn that Madam Chief Minister spins is satisfactory, even perhaps plausible. However as soon as the internecine rivalries come to the fore and the politicians start to behave like errant college youngsters, the screenplay ties itself up in foolish knots. Who would purchase the concept that a senior chief would wind up in a lodge the place his MLAs are being forcibly held and have his gunmen open indiscriminate hearth at safety personnel stationed there to guard the chief minister?

Tara has to reckon with assaults from each Arvind Singh and Indramani Tripathi, the boy who betrayed her within the opening moments of the movie. It’s time for vengeance. Her confrontation along with her foes assumes the type of grotesque mini skirmishes and by no means develops right into a full-blown smackdown.

She is not alone within the combat that she wages to avoid wasting her throne. Suraj Bhan is round as a sage adviser, whereas her quick-on-the-draw brother Babloo (Nikhil Vijay) and artful Officer on Particular Responsibility (OSD) Danish Rehman Khan (Manav Kaul) at all times have her again. Nevertheless it quickly turns right into a free for all as the important thing gamers up the ante. Neither the caste angle and the query of gender appear to matter anymore as Tara faces the ire of her political opponents.

Richa Chada is given far an excessive amount of to hold on her shoulders. She wilts. The movie suffers consequently. If Madam Chief Minister is the mishmash it’s, the lead actress is not guilty. The screenplay is rudderless. Even high quality actors like Saurabh Shukla and Manav Kaul (each of whom are as regular as at all times) are unable to tug the movie out of the mire. Not their fault in any respect!

Any drama hinging on a political conflict wants a strongly written antagonist. Neither Akshay Oberoi nor Subhrajyoti Barat’s characters are fleshed out sufficiently. They arrive and go with out making any actual influence on the course of the movie, which is a pity as a result of each Oberoi and Barat are actors able to elevating their recreation when they’re allowed the area they deserve.

Is not there any takeaway in any respect from this movie? Effectively, at a stretch, there may be at the least one line that one may wish to mull over. A politician in Madam Chief Minister tells one other: “Yeh woh pradesh hai jahan jo Metro banata hai woh haar jaata hai aur jo mandir banata hai woh jeet jaata hai” (It is a state the place one who builds the Metro loses and the one constructs a temple wins). Bang on!

Tara, on her half, opens her speeches with “Kaisi lag rahi hoon (How am I wanting)?” She herself solutions the query within the type of one other query delivered with rhetorical power: “Ekdum patakha?” Want we may agree along with her. Neither she nor the movie bears any resemblance in any respect to a firecracker. Madam Chief Minister is a misfire that makes quite a lot of noise with out making a lot sense. In that sense, it’s like lots of our legislators.


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