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Chef (2017)

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Chef Roshan Kalra sets out to find the true source of happiness and reignite his passion for food while being more present in his son's life.



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Credited cast:
Radha Menon
Shahid Ahmed
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roshan's Father
Riju Bajaj ...
Roshan's Young Father
Varun .V. Bandekar ...
Customer #2
Rajat Ajay Bose ...
Customer #3
Old Mallu Customer
Pawan Chopra ...
Sunil manhori
Shaurya Chopra ...
Young Roshan
Raghu Dixit ...
Dylan Fernandes ...
Proposal Man
M. Gopalakrishnan ...
Union leader
Joman Jacob Joseph ...
Raghu's Band Member


Chef Roshan Kalra sets out to find the true source of happiness and reignite his passion for food while being more present in his son's life.

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A scene in Goa where Roshan (Saif Ali Khan) mentions of how he came to Goa 20 years back with 2 friends, met a white girl, was robbed and left high and dry is a reference to the 2001 movie Dil Chahta Hain which he has starred in alongside Aamir Khan and Akshaye Khanna. See more »


Remake of Chef (2014) See more »


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Written by Ankur Tewari
Performed by Raghu Dixit
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Saif Gets his Mojo Back
7 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my mind Raja Krishna Menon's 'Chef' will be remembered as the movie that helped Saif Ali Khan get his mojo back. Mr. Khan's acting career has been suffering for the last few years. Some bad luck and some worse decisions have led to some awful films. While his last release 'Rangoon' was decent it didn't help his prospects at the movies. With Chef he finds himself again…much like his character does.

Chef, a remake of Jon Favreau's 2014 movie by the same name, is about Roshan, a chef in New York City going through a midlife crisis. After finally achieving his dreams of running a kitchen he is now in a slump. His work doesn't excite him, he has lost his passion for cooking, and his emotions are out of control. An impulsive decision takes him to Kochi, India where he reunites with his ex-wife and son. While trying to make up for lost time and bonding with his son Roshan gets a new lease on life.

Director Raja Krishna Menon has weaved a simple tale about family, fighting for your dreams, and what it means to find contentment. The tone, throughout the movie, is mellow and soft. While this does make you restless at times it's also why the film works to a certain extent. Moments such as the North Indian father being shocked that his son had never eaten chole bhature bring a smile to your face. I also enjoyed the relationships in the movie. The father-son bond as well as the exes' dynamic was rather refreshing and stayed away from dramatic clichés.

The biggest takeaway from the movie is Saif Ali Khan. He sinks his teeth into the role and delivers a fully realized character complete with faults and dad humor. It's his most restrained and real performance in years. Padmapriya Janakiraman, who plays Roshan's estranged wife Radha, is quite good as well as is the young actor who plays their son. The music is soothing in the moment but not particularly memorable. The camera captures some beautiful shots of Kochi, a place you don't normally see in North Indian films.

This is a slow movie, no two words on that. Solutions to problems are convenient and relationships are mended too easily. But if you enjoy gentle stories about characters finding themselves chances are this will satisfy that craving.

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