Director: Prawaal Raman
Producer: Raju Chadha, Amit Kapoor, Vikram Khakhar
Writer: Prawaal Raman
Starring: Randeep Hooda, Adil Hussain, Richa Chadda, Tisca Chopra, Alexx O’Nell
Cinematography: Anuj Rakesh Dhawan
Editor: Nipun Gupta
Production company: Wave Cinemas, Cynozure Networkz
Release dates: October 30, 2015
The movie revolves around Charles, an enigmatic con man and a vicious killer, and the lives he touched with his inescapable charm and mysterious personality.We follow Charles, who is literally evil personified, as he manipulates innumerable people to facilitate his jail break. The thin line between his victims and accomplices include a copywriter of an international ad agency clinging on to Charles for hope, a royal princess seeking adventure in an otherwise bland life, a young hippie girl hopelessly drawn towards him, and an innocent law student Mira madly in love with the dreams sold by Charles amongst various others – from a financial wizard, an extortionist from Haryana to a helpless prison supervisor. Bit by bit, the character of Charles is revealed through all those who encountered him. Probably the only person who interacted with Charles the least, Commissioner Amod Kanth, was affected by him the most. We see the impact of Charles on all through the eyes of Amod Kanth – and their ever raging battle of good and evil, where good eventually wins but evil always resurfaces. This story, set in the 1980s, shows how Charles escapes from Indias most securely guarded prison and is then subsequently arrested once again in Goa. It reveals the story behind the seemingly simple cat and mouse game between Amod Kanth and Charles. But more importantly, the movie gives the world a peek into the dangerous mind of Charles, how he led different people to perceive him differently, how he filled the vacuum in their lives and ultimately, his dark world where right and wrong blend into a charming and mystique grey existence.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Prawaal Raman started his career as an assistant director to Ram Gopal Varma and assisted him as second unit director in “Jungle” and “Company “. Post Company, Ram Gopal Varma assigned the project “Darna Mana Hai” to him as the director.The multi starrer film released in 2003 was one of the most critically acclaimed film. His next directorial film, Dr. Ajoy Kumar is in its pre production phase. He has produced documentaries for Prayas, an NGO in New Delhi operating in more than 7 states in India. In 2012 Due to the increasing suicide amongst school students, Prawaal Raman organised an anti-suicide campaign with Jeevan NGO and Loyola School which had a series of seminar. Guest speakers were Randeep Hooda, Rahul Bose, Sunita Menon, Nishikant Kamat, Satyakaam Gupta and Prawaal Raman, himself. He has been a guest speaker for leadership training program for Praxair, organized by Abacus Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi in 2012 where he spoke about mutual faith and trust within a corporate structure. He has also been a guest speaker along with Tisca Chopra at Masina Metro Hospital and spoke about how to deal with people suffering from bipolar disorder
My Gut Feel and comments:
These are very few trailer I have seen in recent time which appealed me in one go and “Main aur Charles” is one of them. Look and presentation reminded me “Once upon a time in Mumbai” trailer. This movie is not a biopic of Charles Sobhraj however revolved around one incident of him breaking out from Tihar jail. Prawaal Raman the director of this movie started his career assisting Ram gopal verma and delivered two good movies as director “Darna Marna hai” and “404”. Main aur Charles he scripted 5 years back and waited for right time and production team who would do justice to his vision which seems experimental, interesting however extravagant at the same time as it demands recreating the magic of 80s which add to production cost. Randeep Hooda and supporting cast seems well in shape and in character which add spice to dish and makes it an appealing film to watch out coming weekend. Chances seems low , Prawaal Raman going wrong this time as it looks like whole team seems had put honest efforts and delivered a decent movie with acceptable flaws and presented a commercial movie captivatingly.
After reviewing all the facts and figures and going by my gut feeling I am giving this movie 3 out of 5 stars one night before the release.