Making an effective film that makes a social statement is a task which not many are able to master. It either creates ripples like TAARE ZAMEEN PAR or goes horribly wrong. CHAL CHALEIN attempts to tackle a new and interesting topic – parental pressure on children – but doesn’t make much of an impact due to reasons… First being that the writer goes overboard and creates a non-believable situation. Second, the screenplay is repetitive in the first half. Post-interval too, once the court sessions start, it’s repetitive again. The fare moves along at snail’s pace. The biggest drawback is that the climax tries hard to throw a hard punch, but comes across as disarranged. A group of eight boys and girls studying in the eleventh standard, playful, witty, yet rational are jolted when one of their friends Navneet commits suicide because of his parent’s [Rati Agnihotri and Kanwaljeet] pressure, as he is interested in literature, but his father wants to see him as an engineer. The friends are worried about children committing suicide. They decide to do something to stop the suicides: They start a movement against parents and government. A lawyer [Mithun Chakraborthy] helps these kids in their movement. The parents are annoyed obviously. The entire nation supports the children in this movement. Now it’s the law that has to react. Although the film has noble intentions, the film could have been a gripping fare had director Ujjwal Singh tackled the subject more realistically. Barring a few sequences, the film lacks the power to keep you engrossed. Mithun is good enough in his part. Mukesh Khanna, Anoop Soni and Shilpa Shukla enact their parts well. The kids are okay.
On the whole, CHAL CHALEIN is a dull fare with slim chances.