Director: Hriday Shetty
Actors: Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni, Ravi Kishan
Amidst card-playing, drinking rum-and-cola, conversations about buying a better television set and the end of the world, a police van decides to stop a car that has zipped past in the wrong lane. In the dead of the night, the policemen question the owners of the vehicle, and reprimand them for not consuming alcohol at the party they were returning from. The cops then go to a dance bar, eat and drink for free and also sing a song to entertain the other patrons. Soon after that, they are followed and stopped by a cop on a motorcycle, and it turns out that these gentlemen aren’t real cops.
Hriday Shetty’s Chaalis Chaurasi is a crime-thriller and comedy that knows when to be funny and when to get serious, a genuine rarity in the Hindi film industry. The four fake cops are actually an English professor, a car thief, a drug dealer and a pimp. Circumstances lead these guys to come to know of a fake-currency racket which could make them very rich, and ready for the good life, they hatch a plan which goes awry and falls back on them.
With the racketeers looking forward to decorate policemen with bullets and real cops on a mission to shoot dead a gangster, matters get really screwed for the four dudes. How the story shapes up is for you to watch at a movie hall near you, because it has four seriously good actors in a loaded-with-repartee film which allows them to act. That, and director Hriday Shetty can teach other filmmakers a few things about balancing comedy and drama and his commercial-shit-dropping brother a thing or two about wrecking cars.