There are some actors who leave a mark with their performance, regardless of the role they’re playing. The same happened with Jeetendra Kumar urf Jeetu when I saw him in Pitchers. While it was Naveen Kasturia who was applauded but you could not miss the shy Jeetendra winning hearts.
And his journey didn’t end there, he went on to act in several of TVF’s series. His Kota Factory was another masterpiece, and every IIT aspirant could have wished for a teacher like Jeetu Bhaiya. He went on to win more hearts in his stellar performance in Shubh Mangal Zyada Sawadhan and the Neena Gupta starrer Amazon Web series, Panchayat.
I’ve been an ardent fan of his, and after being fairly satisfied with his recent performances, I decided to give his Netflix movie, Chaman Bahaar a go. The name itself is such where you’re forced to at least give the movie one go.
It starts in a small town, which has become Jeetendra’s trademark these days. And I’m not saying like it’s a bad thing, it’s nice to be away from all the glimmer and glamour of the Eiffel Tower, and see the real India for a change.
The cute small-town love (or I’d say obsession story) is something that you’ll definitely appreciate. The best part about this movie is that how subtly have they put a social angle in the movie without playing too much on the societal part.
The movie explains to you how young girls are chased and it almost becomes a crime to be even remotely good looking in a small town. Billu’s (Jeetendra Kumar) pan shop which was a no show becomes a hit when a beautiful school-going girl shifts in the house right in front of the shop with her family.
There’s a swarm of men, buying cigarettes and even setting up a carom table so that more time can be spent there. And our very own Billu is also not spared from the love wave. The obsession becomes so deep and dangerous that he ends up writing Rinku Nagoria bewafa hai in every currency note he can find, goes to jail and forces the family to shift to another town.
There is police involved, and the girl’s reputation is thrown to shreds and Billu becomes a mere face of a political campaign because no one cares about the real agenda right? That’s how every system works, and everyone seems to be ok with it.
It is then when he realizes what he was chasing after all along and what went wrong. The last few minutes when he breaks down right outside her house after meeting the family and getting a very warm treatment.
However, on just another day when the wind is blowing and he sees a paper flying, and finally turns the page and sees a sketch. A sketch of his Chaman Bahaar and him standing in front of it. It will instantly bring a smile to your face.
The best part for me was the ending when another family shifts and you know the rest.
I will say that I definitely loved the small-town charm and how every actor played their part to the T. Do not expect the world out of the movie, but if you’re looking for some simple actors play their part in a nicely woven storyline, Chaman Bahaar is yours to watch.
Chaman Bahaar star cast: Jitendra Kumar as Prem Kumar Yadav (Billu), Ritika Badiani as Rinku Nanoriya, Bhuvan Arora as Somu, Alam Khan as Shila Bhaiya, Dhirendra Tiwari as Chotu, Ashwani Kumar as Ashu, Mizan Khan as Vitesh, Bhagwan Tiwari as Bhadauria, Shiv Dev Singh as Baba