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'Main Aur Charles' review: Randeep Hooda as Charles Sobhraj is fatally charming

'Main Aur Charles' review: Randeep Hooda as Charles Sobhraj is fatally charming

Hypnotic, intelligent, ruthless and brutal, the film defines Charles Sobhraj’s character in the very beginning and we are bound to believe it till it gets over.

Akshay Kaushal
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  • Last Updated: October 30, 2015, 5:15 PM IST
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Hypnotic, intelligent, ruthless and brutal, the film defines Charles Sobhraj’s character in the very beginning and we are bound to believe it till it gets over. The life and times of the 'Bikini Killer' Charles Sobhraj has been quite enamoring and his dark deeds have always been a subject of interest for many. While the movie touches several aspects of the half Vietnamese and half Indian crook, it tries its best not to glamorize his character.


The first half will have you pondering what's going on and propel you to use your intelligence to decipher the plot. But post interval the storyline gets spotless and interesting through all angles.

Director Prawaal Raman made an apt decision by picking Randeep Hooda to essay Charles Sobhraj’s role, as the talented actor has pulled out all the stops to get into the character. He is seductive and irresistible; perhaps that’s what the fatal charm of Charles Sobhraj was supposed to be like.

Charles Sobhraj's escape from Tihar jail in broad day light has been humorously presented in the movie and one can't help but appreciate the smart alec Sobhraj for being so sly.

Adil Hussain, who plays the role of cop Amod Kant, has an equally pivotal role in the movie since the whole film is based on his perspective and therefore the name 'Main Aur Charles'.


Director Prawaal Raman has very cleverly delivered the incidents in chunks because we already know a lot about the criminal and therefore the documentary had to be in the specific manner.

We have always been a fan of Richa Chadha’s acting and in Main Aur Charles too, the actress has tried delivering her best. Randeep Hooda is fatally charming as Sobhraj and this movie becomes worth watching because of him and English Vinglish fame actor Adil Hussain.

Rating: 2.5/5

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