Cha Ekan Cha is a poorly executed film. Including a cast of television comedians like Deepak Raj Giri, Jeetu Nepal, Sitaram Kattel and Kedar Ghimire, this ought to be an outrageous and funny affair. However, with all the talents involved, the film makes no effort in offering anything substantial that would’ve complemented the already established brilliance of these people. It’s a film that is in dire search of a clear plot and stretches so far to feature length only through jokes and one-liners.
The story is about a rich bachelorette Astha and her six suitors. Her search for a perfect companion takes her to a sly businessman, a Chulbul Pandey-like police officer, a money-grubbing lawyer, a poet with ideals, a tramp and a loyal servant. As she tries her luck with each one of them, all she gets are lies, deceits and empty promises.
Neeta Dhungana plays Astha and shows plenty of skin, talks in a very phony English diction and irritates you with her loud and over-theatrical acting. She is shown as this rich, independent and educated girl, who identifies her situation similar to that of her favorite actor Salman Khan. But why she falls for good-for-nothing dudes is stretched to areas that can’t be explored with proper reasoning.
Deepak Raj Giri who has been credited for the story and dialogues also has a part where he plays a character that parodies Chulbul Pandey. His scenes are absolutely hilarious; also Sitaram Kattel and Kedar Ghimire have superior comic timing. What’s bland is the way they have shot the film. The shots are over-exposed, the coloring is poorly done and they’ve shot the movie as if they’re covering a Gai Jatra stage show for DVD release.
Things are more masala driven than surreal. Every character talks in metaphors and delivers lengths about contemporary issues and take their usual satirical stands. The jokes are generally funny and everyone gets to mix their trademark humor but lacking proper pace and momentum, the smaller moments don’t make the larger picture exciting. The film reaches a predictable end and as it enters Priyadarshan territory, you’ll know with how much originality the film is made.
The players of the small screens have carried their trade name to the bigger screen but unfortunately Cha Ekan Cha shows no evolvement in their style which we have already outgrown.
first published in Republica, Jan 11, 2014