I bet you had no idea that Saif Ali Khan’s new released movie Chef is an official remake of Jon Favreau’s movie Chef which was released in 2014.
Directed by Raja Menon Chef is a light comedy-drama film which has failed to live up to the gastronomical expectations. It is not an entirely dislikable film because it does offer some brilliant moments but has left out the chefy aspect that the film should have. Though Saif Ali Khan has made the film appetizing and left you teary eyes with his performance in certain scenes but the script writing has let the film down. The film seems a bit bland to taste as compared to the Hollywood film Chef.
Unlike the Hollywood version of the movie where Jon, as chef Carl Casper quits his job because his boss wants him to stick to the classic foods and curbs his passion and artistic freedom, in the Indian adapatation Chef Roshan Karla played by Saif is fired from the job in New York’s Gulli Restaurant because he lashes out on a customer(for no apparent reason). Chef Roshan Karla then takes a break and flies back to India, Kochi to find his source of happiness and bring back his passion for food and life. He meets up with his son Armaan and ex-wife Radha Menon played by Padmapriya and mends their relationship. Similar to the original Hollywood film he buys a food truck. Roshan Karla then with the help of his friend and encouragement from his family sets on a fun filled road trip with his son from Kerala to Delhi and a detour to Goa.
Raja Menon’s Chef is a heartwarming story and an emotional journey about finding true happiness in life. His story leans more over to mending ties with his broken family and so if you are going in to watch a movie about food journey you will be disappointed. Chef Roshan Karla shows no such passion for food and there is no inspiring dish prepared by him. All you can see is an empty pan and a prepared pasta dish with the absence of its preparation and artistry that goes into cooking. There is a little bit of food here and there like the langar meal, the Delhi street food and a bit of idli-sambhar.
Jon Favreau’s Chef on the other hand showed the Chef’s love and passion for food. The film had script that was sharp and funny with heart warming family scenes, divine foods and time spent among different characters. The movie was not a very great movie but was beautifully presented with skill and impressed the food lovers with the mouth-watering food visuals.
Though Raja Menon’s Chef lacks a few spices in the film but it can easily make you fall in love with the characters. The film is made enjoyable and entertaining by the brilliant cast.