'Chandu Champion' Movie Review: The film is an incredible story of victory, Kartik Aaryan steals hearts

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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'Chandu Champion' Movie Review: The film is an incredible story of victory, Kartik Aaryan steals hearts


For some time now, there has been a trend among filmmakers to make biopics of people who did a lot for the country in their lives and careers, but their achievements remained in oblivion. Recently, Ajay Devgan played the memorable role of football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in 'Maidan'. Now he is seen in Kabir Khan's 'Chandu Champion' kartik aryan We bring you the never-say-die story of India's first Paralympic gold medalist Murlikant Petkar. The film not only inspires you from start to finish but also gives Kartik Aaryan the best performance of his career.

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Story of 'Chandu Champion'

This story swinging between past and present begins with the old age of Murlikant Petkar (Kartik Aryan), where Murlikant comes to the police station with Inspector Sachin Kamble (Shreyas Talpade) to file a case against the President of India. At first this old Murlikant is made fun of, but when he tells why today after forty years he deserves the Arjun Award, not only the people present there but also the audience gets mesmerized.

The story goes into flashback, where Mullikant tells how he became obsessed with winning a gold medal in the Olympics in his teens. Then how he joined the army and became a boxing wonder and finally how his passion remained intact even after being paralyzed in the lower part of his body after being hit by 9 bullets in the 1965 war. After wrestling, joining the army and boxing, when the lower part of his body became useless, he made water his home and learned swimming and made a world record. On the strength of this passion and madness, he became the country's first Paralympic gold medalist.

In this journey, he is accompanied by his brother Jognath Petkar (Aniruddh Dave), friend Jarnail Singh (Bhuvan Arora), his boss Uttam Singh (Yashpal Sharma), coach Tiger Ali (Vijay Raj) and his ward boy Pukhraj (Rajpal Yadav). Muralikant, who was called a fake coin in his childhood, was mocked by calling him Chandu Champion. But this fake coin brings a gold medal for the country. This player, who thought himself deserving of the Arjuna Award, is awarded the Padma Shri.

Trailer of 'Chandu Champion'

'Chandu Champion' movie review

In the story of Kabir Khan, the genius director of realistic and biopic cinema, a journalist (Sonali Kulkarni) says, 'This story may seem unbelievable, but it needs to be told.' Indeed, as the film progresses, this statement starts to ring true. Chandu has a dialogue in the film, 'Hansta kaiko hai, main kar lega.' And indeed, when he accomplishes this impossible task, it becomes certain in your mind that even if the world mocks you by calling you Chandu, Chomu or Pappu, but if you keep trying continuously, you can shut everyone's mouth.

The specialty of Kabir Khan is that he has not glorified this biopic anywhere. He has depicted the period from 1950 to 2018 very well in his story. The scenes of war and boxing ring are very good. He has beautifully depicted the internal conflict of Muralikant. The film is slow at some places and the absence of any love angle in the film can also bother the audience.

It would have been nice to have some glimpses of Muralikant's personal life, his wife and family, but in the end, the film celebrates the spirit of never giving up and the audience comes out with a feel-good feeling. The music of the film could have been stronger, but Sudip Chatterjee's cinematography is worth watching.

Kartik Aaryan has given a wonderful performance as Muralikant Petkar. He lost 18 kgs of weight over two years to become a wrestler, soldier, boxer and swimmer. His hard work is clearly visible on the screen. Along with the physical transformation of getting fat and thin, he has also been successful in showing the nuances of emotions. Why only Kartik, every actor excels in his role. Be it Anirudh Dave in the role of brother or Bhuvan Bam in the role of friend. Vijay Raj leaves his mark in the role of Tiger Ali, while Shreyas Talpade in the role of Inspector Sachin Kamble adds light moments to the story. Yashpal Sharma, Sonali Kulkarni and Rajpal Yadav have also done justice to their roles. The supporting cast is good.

Why watch- Fans of inspirational and sports drama films must watch this movie.

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