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Times of India
A father goes out of the way to rescue his kidnapped daughter. Does he succeed?
With a strong lead pair in Amruta Subhash and Bharat Jadhav, one expects a stunning representation onscreen. Sadly, 'Chintamani' doesn't live up to the expectations.
At a first glance, 'Chintamani' looks like a typical family drama. Aarti (Amruta), the daughter of a rich businessman, falls in love with a marriage bureau employee named Chintamani (Bharat). Though poor, Chintamani has a heart of gold and is always there to help people. But following taunts and abuses from the society about not being able to provide basic necessities to his family, Chintamani decides to take a shortcut to earning money.
After seeing an ad about earning Rs 1 crore easily, he calls up the telephone number and sets off a chain of events that ultimately lead to his girl's kidnapping. In order to get her back, Chintamani has to deliver a bag full of cash to a location according to an unknown caller's instructions. Does he accomplish the goal or does he lose his family? Or is all this just an illusion covering a horrible truth?
Anyone who has watched the Jim Carrey starrer 'The Truman Show' and Rajeev Khandelwal's 'Aamir' would immediately notice the film's similarities to the plots of these two. Simply put, Chintamani is a combination of the two critically acclaimed films. While the backdrop is much like 'Aamir's', the twist in the tale comes in the form of 'The Truman Show's' plot.
In the acting department, Amruta does well. Bharat's prowess comes forth only in bits and pieces and he looks uncomfortable doing some scenes. Tejashree Walawalkar as the couple's daughter Kimaya and Ruchita Jadhav as Bharat's mission companion overact and are just about average.
Cliched dialogues and a predictable storyline are the major drawbacks in this film. The loose ends and unexplained addition of characters only adds to the woes. The only interesting part is the twist in the tale which makes it 'Chintamani' a watchable film.
Cliched dialogues and a predictable storyline are the major drawbacks in this film. The loose ends and unexplained addition of characters only adds to the woes. The only interesting part is the twist in the tale which makes it 'Chintamani' a watchable film