Chef Review: Saif is the perfect replacement for Jon Favreau

Saif is the perfect replacement for Jon Favreau



Roshan Kalra (Saif Ali Khan) is a three-star Michelin chef who gets fired from New York's Gulli restaurant after he punches a customer, who took out the flaw in his cooking. He is shown as a man of great capacity, but no more passion. Forced to take a break from cooking, he flies to Kochi to spend time with his son, Armaan (Svar) and his estranged wife Radha Menon (Padmapriya). Roshan’s relationship with his family is shown strained but mendable. To help him get his mojo back, his wife suggests he put up his own food truck and begin afresh. Along The way, his relationship with his son and wife go through another turmoil but passes with flying colours by the end of the movie.



It’s a pleasant surprise to see a remake, actually work hard to get things right. The movie does fail at various crucial points, but, the narrative is still a smoother ride than other pathetic attempts Bollywood has made in the recent past. The casting shows the filmmaker’s seriousness towards the project. Padmapriya takes on the role of the estranged ex-wife maturely, and Kalra is portrayed at its best by Saif.

A surprise is Svar, in the role of Armaan, Roshan Kalra’s son. The child actor shows a lot of scopes when it comes to his performance. The character for Roshan Kalra could have been developed a little more, but that’s not a big downside. The story, however, needed a few tweaks when it came to details. Like, no one explains the irrational behavior of a three-star Michelin chef on being criticized. Wouldn’t he have reached such greatness by taking all the good advice that his teachers must have given him along the way?

Also, the spiritual-esque transformation of Kalra into this passionate man who started a food truck could have been delved on a little more. An introduction to the leading characters’ past would have been good to provide some context to the divorce and the separation.

All-in-all apart from a few left out details, Chef, starring Saif Ali Khan, is a respectable effort at Indianising Jon Favreau’s 2014 hit Hollywood movie by the same name.


Bollypedia rating: 2/ 5 stars

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