R Balki’s engaging serial killer-thriller/romance, starring Sunny Deol and Dulquer Salmaan, is aptly named ‘Chup’, for it asks film critics to be good at their job, or else shut up

Posted on September 23, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

I think what Balki (along with the serial killer) is saying is this: “Criticise all you like, but do it honestly, ethically, responsibly”. This may be the closest this director has come to a “message movie”. 

chup revenge of the artist

Balki’s Chup begins in classic serial killer-thriller fashion. On a rainy night, a gruesome murder is discovered. The victim is a film critic. There are knife slashes all over his body, and on his head, as is later discovered, there’s a star – as in, a star rating. So we have a novel signature: a man (or woman) who targets film critics and carves star ratings on them. Sunny Deol plays Arvind, the cop on the case, and he cracks the script’s cleverest aspect: the reason behind each of these bodies being mutilated the way they are. It’s delightfully perverse. This alone would have made for a cracker of a cat-and-mouse thriller, but Balki (who co-wrote the screenplay with Rishi Virmani and former critic Raja Sen) has other ideas. He introduces a parallel track: the romance between Dulquer Salmaan’s Danny and Shreya Dhanwanthary’s Nila/Neela. “Nila” is Tamil for moon. “Neela” is the name of the heroine of Nayakan. Saranya Ponvannan, the heroine of Nayakan, plays this heroine’s mother. Could there be a more “Balki” touch?

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