Chandu Champion (2024) movie review

The biopic landscape in Hindi cinema is a tricky one. “Chandu Champion”, starring Kartik Aaryan as Paralympian Murlikant Petkar, tries to avoid this trap but fails to connect with the audience on a deeper level.

The film begins with a shocking scene: an elderly Murlikant (Aaryan) is at the police station, determined to file a case against the President of India. This bizarre incident, fictionalised for dramatic effect, sets the tone for a biopic that struggles to find its footing.

A tale of resilience, but lacks emotional depth

The story of Murlikant Petkar is undoubtedly inspiring. A passionate wrestler, he joins the army with dreams of Olympic glory. However, a war injury leaves him paralysed. Still, his indomitable spirit drives him to become a champion para-athlete. But the film focuses only on Murlikant’s personal journey, ignoring how his achievements impacted the world of sports or disability awareness.

Kartik Aaryan has given a stellar performance

Aaryan has given a commendable performance. He underwent a physical transformation to portray the various stages of Murlikant’s life and his dedication is evident on screen. He has effectively portrayed the character’s determination, vulnerability and inner conflict. However, despite experienced actors like Vijay Raj, Shreyas Talpade and Yashpal Sharma, the supporting cast has been pushed into one-dimensional roles. Their characters lack depth and fail to complement Aaryan’s performance.

Kabir Khan’s direction

Director Kabir Khan shows his expertise in recreating historical periods. The battle scenes and boxing ring footage are well executed. However, the pace of the film falters at times. The absence of a romantic subplot may alienate some viewers who want an emotional connection.

Technical Aspects and Missed Opportunities

The film’s production design is impressive and Sudip Chatterjee’s cinematography enhances the visual appeal. However, the music does not have the power to really elevate the story. Not showing Murlikant’s personal life is a miss. Glimpses of his family dynamics could have added another layer of emotional resonance.

A Happy Ending, But Not Without Flaws

“Chandu Champion” ultimately celebrates the power of perseverance. The film gives a positive message to the audience. However, its flaws – weak supporting cast, somewhat formulaic biopic structure, and lack of social commentary – prevent it from reaching its full potential.

Conclusion: Watch for Kartik Aaryan and Kabir Khan’s direction, but manage expectations

Although “Chandu Champion” is not a phenomenal biopic, it is a good film for those looking for a story of resilience. Kartik Aaryan’s performance and Kabir Khan’s direction are the highlights of the film. However, viewers expecting a more emotionally engaging or socially relevant biopic may be disappointed.

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