Story: Small-time conman Raja (Rudranil) steals CID officer Rana’s (Parambrata) antique ring, which was a gift from the latter’s ladylove, Rai (Paayel). In a hurry to hide the ring on being chased by Rana, Raja starts a chain reaction that just refuses to end.
Review: Chocolate is not exactly a laughter riot, though it does tickle you pretty hard on quite a few occasions. But yes, it is one of those films that leaves behind a pleasant aftertaste. Of course, by pleasant, I don’t exactly mean chocolatey.
The tale begins with conman Raja stealing CID officer Rana’s antique ring and hiding it in a pack of chocolate-flavoured condoms while trying to elude the latter in a warehouse. But the very next day, the pack of condoms start travelling, with Raja hot on its tail. He has to go through all kinds of madness in the process. On the other hand, Rana is terrified of facing his girlfriend Rai, as she can bite his head off if she sees him without the ring. According to her, the ring is a token of love, which Rana should never take off. It’s no wonder that the cop tries all means to get hold of Raja, and, in turn, the ring. The result is a wild chase through the streets of Kolkata, involving a variety of characters.
But despite using a pack of condoms as the epicentre of the mess, the film fails to elicit enough laughter to qualify as a full-on comedy. But yes, there are some good performances involved, with Kanchan leading the way. He is bang on as a petty thief, who also happens to be Raja’s friend and slum-mate. From his body language to comic timing, everything is perfect. Next on the charts is Rudranil, who plays the lovelorn petty criminal quite convincingly. Of course, the lead pair of Parambrata and Paayel also do complete justice to their roles.
Parambrata is especially good in expressing the terror he feels when faced with the prospect of meeting Rai. Of course, the film is a good watch because all the cogs in the wheel that drives the pack of condoms forward do justice to their roles.
Technically speaking, the film is run of the mill and unspectacular — no fantastic camera-work, nothing exceptional about the editing and so on… But yes, the background score manages to keep up the tempo and create the right mood.
So, overall, Chocolate is a film you can watch to unwind with a few good laughs, though it’s not exactly a must-watch.