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Charade February 4, 2008

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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A few years back I had seen Zayed Khan’s just-about-average debut feature “Chura Liya Hai Tumne”. A few months back I had seen Jonathan Demme’s “The Truth about Charlie” and figured out that this was the source for the former. It was only when I saw Charade a few days back that I came to know that this one’s the original that inspired both.

Considered to be “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made” this revolves around a certain Mrs. Lambert (Audrey Hepburn) whose husband Charlie Lambert had been murdered recently and a group of people are after her because they believe that she is in possession of a large sum of money which Charlie owed them. There is a mysterious figure (Cary Grant) who gets in touch with her and tries to help her. Parallelly, a CIA agent (Walter Matthau) is also on the case. Actually, while I was watching this, more the the two remakes I mentioned before I was reminded of Ramgopal Varma’s Kshana Kshanam. If you have seen both these films, then you can see a lot of similarities when it comes to the lead pair interactions and some of the situations they are caught in.

Despite knowing pretty much what’s going to happen, I couldn’t stop enjoying this. I’ve never been a great admirer of Cary Grant so I won’t say anything about him. Audrey Hepburn gets precisely the kind of role she always does so, if you’ve loved her in any of her films you’ll love her in this too. Full of nice twists and witty dialogue, this is an entertaining charade – even if you have seen any of the other flicks mentioned before.

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