What is Nawazuddin Siddiqui doing in the Debamitra Biswal directorial, Motichoor Chaknachoor? Those who have watched the actor in his serious movie roles, or as the dreaded don Ganesh Gaitonde in Sacred Games, can ask this question.
Nawaz has been paired opposite Athiya Shetty, the daughter of Suniel Shetty who was last seen in a full-fledged role in Anees Bazmee’s Mubarakan (2017). Athiya’s career hasn't quite taken off, which makes one wonder if the upcoming comedy might help her make a fresh start.
The film’s trailer, whose highlights are the characters played by the unusual duo, has dropped recently. The good news is that it makes an instant impact because of its string of funny moments and spontaneous acting by both the leads.
Nawaz is Pushpinder Tyagi, a 36-year-old single out-of-job man, who is desperate to get married. Athiya is Annie, who wants to get married too. There is a condition though. She only wants an NRI husband, no matter which part of the world he is from. The fellow need not be settled in America, London or Paris. Even someone based in Nepal. Sri Lanka or Bhutan will be great for her.
Pushpinder, who doesn’t reveal he is unemployed, is a man whom Annie finds singularly unimpressive. Moreover, she feels that his days of being salaried are numbered and those of getting pension will begin soon.
The trailer, which has some spoilers, conveys that Pushpinder lies about having a job in Dubai. Annie and he get married, followed by the revelation that he has been unemployed for some time. How does Annie respond when she gets to know the truth? The trailer doesn’t offer a clear answer, which is great because no viewer wants to know the entire story before walking into a movie hall.
Nawaz in the unexpected role of Pushpinder seems to have enjoyed the outing thoroughly. There is a sequence in which he tries to make small talk with a prospective bride, hoping that she will start discussing marriage with him. She takes off by sinking her teeth into a samosa instead. The sequence will have the viewer in splits.
And, Athiya? The young actress is as comfortable as her senior co-star while playing Annie, which seems to be a well-scripted, author-backed role.
The trailer has an equal focus on Pushpinder and Annie, two vastly different individuals united by their desperation for marriage. Will the film have the same? That’s likely if Nawaz’s seniority and certificates of achievement don’t tilt the scale in his character’s favour.
Motichoor Chaknachoor may not become a money-minting blockbuster. But it might become a sleeper hit propelled by good feedback and reviews if Pushpinder and Annie make a good impression on the first day.