Chef


Chef’ starring Saif Ali Khan, Padmapriya Janakiraman and Svar Kumble is here for the audience to taste and give their remark, sweet, sour or spicy. After ‘Airlift’, director Raja Krishna Menon served an altogether different dish on the plate of the audience and whether the audience liked the dishes served on their plate is the million dollar question at this point. From ‘Airlift’, he altogether shifted to culinary subject and it’s quite delicious.

The movie kick-starts with a voiceover from Saif Ali Khan, who describes his life. He narrates how his life is dominated by the aura of good flavour. He is a good chef who served delicious food on the plates of the audience but his life is tasteless, a failed husband who missed the childhood of his 11-year-old boy. Saif’s character named Roshan Kalra and he plays 40 plus. Roshan misses the slice-of-life. He misses spending time with his family.

Roshan Kalra marries a Malayali danseuse Radha Menon, played by Padmapriya from Chandni Chowk. But things did not go well between them and they separated.  The desi tadka calls Roshan to his motherland and after losing everything abroad, he returns to India and lands up in Kerala to his ex-wife and son in Kerala to start life afresh.

After a long time in India, Roshan explores every flavour of India and had a relishing experience. Roshan runs a mobile restaurant in Kerala and his food caravan hits the road. Along with preparing Indian cuisine, Roshan also started mending his relationship with his estranged family. Will Roshan Kalra will able to win the heart of his family again and will his food journey catch pace in Kerala forms the rest of the story.

The writers Ritesh Shah, Suresh Nair and Raja Krishna Menon make a honest adaptation but the story gets dull at times and the climax fails to create sensation. However, it was a decent attempt and humour also induced in it at the proper time.  

Saif was top-class and he tailored the role very well. The teenager boy Svar Kamble is a storehouse of talent and his acting indicates, he will shine bright in the acting world. Padmapriya is attractive and also performed well. The supporting cast Chandan Roy Sanyal, Malayalam actor Dinesh Prabhakar, Pawan Chopra, Sobhita Dhulipala, Milind Soman, veteran actor Ramgopal Bajaj. Raghu Dixit in a special appearance makes his presence felt. 

Priya Seth's cinematography is eye-catching. Anuradha Shetty Menon's production design is top-notch. Music composed by Raghu Dixit and Amaal Mallik is practical. 

In the nutshell, Raja Krishna Menon's ‘Chef’ demands some more tadka.