Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga Review: The latest Bollywood film offering aims to combine two different genres, a heist and a hijack thriller, into one unique movie. Well crafted, this thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat with its tightly controlled twists and turns, leading you through a plot that steadily thickens with complexity
Directed by Ajay Singh, the film follows the story of Neha Grover (Yami Gautam Dhar) and Ankit Sethi (Sunny Kaushal), two strangers who fall in love under unusual circumstances.
The movie starts on an innocuous note with Neha and Ankit meeting on a flight from a fictitious Middle East city called Al-Barkat. Ankit, a vegan, is unable to find his meal on the plane, and Neha, the helpful air hostess, lets him have hers. United by their veganism, the two strike up a conversation and begin to bond.
Love, Deceit, and Danger
As the story progresses, Neha and Ankit’s budding romance turns sinister as they get embroiled in a web of deceit involving menacing goons, a corrupt home minister, and a hijacked aircraft with 150 passengers on board. The duo needs to rob diamonds worth Rs 120 crore on an international flight to save their lives and get the goons off their backs. However, their plans are upended when the aircraft is hijacked by armed men who demand the release of a Kashmiri militant.
A Genre-Bending Plot
“Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga” attempts to be a genre-bender by merging the tropes of heist and hijack thrillers. While the movie has some clever twists, it falls wee short of being a smart and engaging thriller. The screenplay by Shiraz Ahmed and Amar Kaushik could have befen little more thought driven, as the character development of the hostages would have made the film all around winner.
Despite some air pockets, the film manages to keep the audience engaged with its tight rein on its twists and turns. The lead characters, Kaushal and Gautam, do the possibly avoidable mating dance long to pause the flow before they show their true selves. However, the hijackers clad in staple ski masks steal the spotlight from the lead characters, leaving little room for them to shine.
The movie could have got elevated if “Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga” talents of actors Sharad Kelkar and Indraneil Sengupta was leveraged much more in its hurried plot. Kelkar, who plays intelligence officer Sheikh, has little screen presence to flesh out his character, and Sengupta is there only to stand in the shadows.
In conclusion, “Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga” is a quirky crime caper that has its highs and lows. It manages to hold your attention. If you’re a fan of heist and hijack thrillers, you may enjoy the film’s unique blend of genres. However, if you’re looking for a gripping thriller with well-developed characters, “Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga” may just fall little short of your expectations.