Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga Movie Review: One Twisted Turn, Two Brilliant Performances


We see a battered, misshapen Ankit (Sunny Kaushal) explaining to someone why he is innocent and has done nothing wrong, while the scene cuts to a flashback 8 months earlier. Ankit flirts with flight attendant Neha (Yami Gautam) and of course follows her to get close to her. One romantic song later, she’s pregnant and he’s the man with millions in debt, being watched over by someone very dangerous.

After an emotionally scarring accident, Ankit and Neha smuggle some diamonds via flight and settle their debts. As per the set plan, the flight they decide is hijacked and everything goes to hell. How this double tragedy reveals several mysteries surrounding both characters is the essence of the entire film.


Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga Movie Review: Screenplay Analysis

Before we dive deep into the technical details, let’s ask the film team a question here. Raj Kumar Gupta, the man behind great thrillers like Aamir, Nobody Killed Jessica and The Raid, was credited everywhere (trailer, Wiki, IMDb and all existing reviews) as the writer of the film. But the team didn’t mention his name anywhere in the film, that is, in the opening credits and additions; what is happening here?

Siraj Ahmed (Ray) and Amar Kaushik (Stree, Bala, Bhediya) have written the story of this film and yes, it is not a combination that one would expect to come together for a thriller. Siraj won a fan for life by writing 2 most brilliant episodes (Forget Me Not, Bahrupiya) in Ray and Amar has films like Stree & Bala to his credit. Apart from the bombshell gag, you won’t find the Amar Kaushik school of humor here. These two poles of separate personality (off screen) suggest a story that leans heavily on a single twist without building anything concrete around it.

Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga Movie Review: Star Performance

Sunny Kaushal’s character of being a simpleton and a nasty person at the same time helps to set him apart from his contemporaries. You cannot judge whether he is innocent or pretending to be. The script also allows him to do this, but he justifies his every word with his deft action.

Yami Gautam benefits the most from the ‘one big’ twist as her character takes a 360 turn, takes her routine act and turns it into something memorable. She’s still on form after the great Lost and is attracting the attention of filmmakers who may have avoided her until now. Sharad Kelkar and Indraneil Sengupta are fine with their act though their characters needed a lot more meat for the makers to justify their presence.

Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga Movie Review: Direction, Music

I was surprised that Ajay Singh was Raj Kumar Gupta’s first assistant director on Aamir and the mystical nature of this film clearly shows how he learned from one of the best. It divides the film into two parts – before and after the ‘twist’ and the problem is to create a routine kidnapping subplot to get to the juicy part.

Ketan Sodha’s background score orchestrates the required beats and creates an impatient tone around the narrative. Vishal Mishra’s only love song doesn’t click; I don’t even remember the name of the song anymore and I don’t really care to Google it and it mentions its name, it’s forgettable.

Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga Movie Review: The Last Word

All said and done, Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga is clever but incomplete; he is smart in new ways, but stupid in some old ways.


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