Same old story

Delhi, thieves, corrupt policemen, Haryanvi accents—it’s all so familiar that director Rajesh K. deserves a round of applause for attempting yet another movie on the subject of charismatic crooks in the Capital.

This proletarian Ocean’s Eleven doesn’t have a new take on the theft trade, but Rajesh does rustle up a convincing gang of low-life characters who hang around a West Delhi Metro station and relieve various commuters of their belongings. One of the gang members, Satbir (Deepak Dobriyal), falls in love and wants out so badly that he agrees to dress in a samosa costume for a food stall at the Metro.

Carried away by his feelings for Neena (Priya Bhatija), Satbir compromises his ex-gang’s operations, but cooks up a plan to win them back. All the ingredients for a low-fi caper are in place, and most of the cast seems willing, but the story lacks seasoning. A subplot involving a miserly diamond merchant who is abducted by another gang member Roni (Anshul Kataria), starts off well but peters out. Chor Chor Super Chor proceeds as a mild-mannered 99-minute affair, with committed performances from most of the actors and an uncharacteristically twitchy turn from Dobriyal, who is wholly unconvincing as a romantic lead and lip-syncs a song that appears out of nowhere with visible unease.

Chor Chor Super Chor released in theatres on Friday.