- 2 hr 35 min
ChaalBaaz is a 1989 Bollywood film directed by Pankaj Parashar and produced by Boney Kapoor. The film stars Sridevi in a double role, along with Sunny Deol and Rajinikanth in pivotal roles. The film is a remake of the 1973 Hindi film Seeta Aur Geeta, directed by Ramesh Sippy. The story revolves around twin sisters, Anju and Manju, who are separated at birth due to circumstances beyond their control. While Anju is raised by her uncle and aunt in Mumbai, Manju is raised in a small village by her father, who is an alcoholic. The two sisters lead very different lives, with Anju being a cultured, educated and confident young lady, while Manju is a tomboy who is street-smart and has a fiery personality.
The plot thickens when the two sisters, who are unaware of each other's existence, accidentally cross paths, leading to a series of comedic and dramatic events. When Anju is abducted by a gangster, Manju steps in and takes over her sister's role. She soon discovers that her sister's life is not as easy as she had imagined, and she must overcome several challenges to save her sister and unite their family.
The film is a perfect blend of comedy, drama and action. Sridevi delivers a stellar performance in both her roles, showcasing her versatility as an actress. She effortlessly switches between the two characters, each with their own distinct personality traits, mannerisms and dialogues. Sunny Deol, in a supporting role, is charming as always, while Rajinikanth, in one of his rare Hindi film appearances, delivers a powerful performance.
The music of ChaalBaaz, composed by the legendary duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, is a highlight of the film. The songs, including Naa Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, Tera Bemar Mera Dil and Mujhe Chu Rahi Hain, became instant hits and are still popular among audiences today.
The film also stands out for its portrayal of strong, independent female characters. Both Anju and Manju are portrayed as women who are capable of taking charge of their own lives and making their own decisions, without relying on men to save them. This was a refreshing change from the stereotypical portrayal of women in Bollywood films of that era.
Overall, ChaalBaaz is a must-watch for fans of Bollywood cinema. It is an entertaining and engaging film that showcases the brilliant acting prowess of Sridevi, along with a talented ensemble cast. The film's catchy music, well-written screenplay, and engaging storyline make it a classic of its era, and a true Bollywood gem.