Chashme Baddoor’s Dopey Charm Is Real


Like an overzealous puppy that showers you with slobbery kisses before you can pry it off your face, Chashme Baddoor is simultaneously dopey and irrepressibly charming. The only difference between Baddoor, a new, precious Bollywood romantic comedy, and its 1981 predecessor of the same name is that the remake’s main characters are a trio of goofy dude-bro roommates who look suspiciously like Ed Hardy models. Likewise, the distinction between Sid the bookish student (Ali Zafar) and his friends—Jai the feckless actor (Siddharth) and Omi the self-aggrandizing poet (Divyendu Sharma)—is that Sid’s a virginal goody-goody while Omi and Jai are both immodestly horny. So while all three manboy protagonists want to date Seema (Taapsee Pannu), a modern girl who rejects an arranged marriage proposal set up by her father, Santru (Anupam Kher, who also plays Santru’s twin brother, Chikyu), Seema only has eyes for Sid. While Omi and Jai scheme to separate Sid from Seema, Chashme Baddoor‘s creators suggest that true love is as pure-hearted and corny as a line like, “Would you like to hang out with me for the rest of your life?” The film is mostly winsome thanks to the bubbly cast. And despite song lyrics as saccharine as “Every time you get angry, it’s like bullets in my heart,” Zafar and Pannu’s chemistry is disarming enough to improve the otherwise unremarkable dance numbers. Chashme Baddoor‘s modest charms dissipate quickly, but they’re certainly real.

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