Hello Charlie is an Indian Hindi-language comedy film written and directed by Pankaj Saraswat and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the Excel Entertainment banner. The film stars Jackie Shroff, Aadar Jain and debutante Shhloka Pandit with Elnaaz Norouzi and Rajpal Yadav in supporting roles. The film was released on 9 April 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.
|Directed by||Pankaj Saraswat|
|Written by||Pankaj Saraswat|
|Produced by||Farhan Akhtar|
|Edited by||Chandan Arora|
John Stewart Eduri
Don D Marley
|Distributed by||Amazon Prime Video|
M. D. Makwana is a wanted fraudster who must escape from Mumbai after duping banks of a lot of money, for which his model girlfriend suggests disguising him as a caged gorilla so that he would be undiscovered, while at the same time, Toto, a real gorilla escapes from a crashed plane and is also declared wanted.
Chirag "Charlie" Rastogi is a young daydreamer from Indore who has been unsuccessful in whatever ventures he has partaken. Later, while at the disposition of his uncle Karsan (Darshan Jariwala), who leaves for Diu, he is assigned the job of escorting a gorilla to a circus by the model, little realizing that it is Makwana in disguise. Along the way, a series of adventures follows as Chirag finds himself confused between both Toto and Makwana, while a female circus acrobat-cum-dancer, Padma, tags along even as a forest ranger and a veterinary doctor are on the hunt for Toto.
- Jackie Shroff as M. D. "Mac" Makwana, a wanted fraudster who disguises himself as Toto, the wanted gorilla, to escape the arms of the law.
- Aadar Jain as Chirag "Charlie" Rastogi, a young man from Indore who is assigned the task of escorting "Toto", in reality, a disguised Makwana, to the Diu Dusshera circus
- Shlokka Pandit as Padma Thakkar, a circus acrobat-cum-dancer who joins Charlie
- Elnaaz Norouzi as Mona Malhotra, a model & Mac's girlfriend
- Rajpal Yadav as Ranger Solee Topi
- Girish Kulkarni as Priyesh Patel
- Siddhanth Kapoor as Inspector Jaidev “JD” Malhotra, Mona's brother
- Bramha Mishra as Ardali Ram Singh, Solee's partner
- Bharat Ganeshpure as Dr. Ganatra, a vet
- Darshan Jariwala as Karsan Patel, Charlie's uncle
The principal photography of the film started in mid-July 2020 during the pandemic. Actor Aadar Jain announced the wrap of the film schedule on 26 September 2020.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||30 March 2021|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
The film's music was composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Gourov Dasgupta, Kanika Kapoor, Rishi Rich, Kiranee and Don D Marley and the lyrics are written by Vayu, Kumaar and Shellee, while John Stewart Eduri composed the background score.
|1.||"One Two One Two Dance"||Vayu||Tanishk Bagchi||Nakash Aziz||3:36|
|2.||"Soneya Ve"||Kumaar||Kanika Kapoor||Kanika Kapoor, Jasbir Jassi||2:36|
|3.||"Gypsy Guitar"||Shellee||Gourov Dasgupta||Yasser Desai||3:31|
|4.||"Chandareya Chumka"||Kumaar||Rishi Rich, Kiranee, Don D Marley||Kiranee, Don D Marley, Simerjit Kumar||2:41|
Hello Charlie received extremely negative reviews from critics.
Anupama Chopra of Film Companion wrote, "As I watched the truly terrible Hello Charlie, I wondered: How does a film like this get made? Did writer-director Pankaj Saraswat sit in the swanky Excel Entertainment office and actually narrate a story in which Jackie Shroff spends most of his time disguised as a gorilla? And what compelled producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, the powerhouses who started their careers with Dil Chahta Hai, to say yes."
- "'Hello Charlie' cast has Aadar Jain and Jackie Shroff in the lead; see full cast list". Republic World. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
- "5 Reasons Why Toto From 'Hello Charlie' Is The Coolest Celebrity!". The Quint. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
- "Comedy is tough, says actor Aadar Jain". Tribune India. 27 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
- "Elnaaz Norouzi, who will soon be seen in Hello Charlie, has fallen in love with the comedy genre". Tribune India. 28 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
- "Aadar Jain starter Hello Charlie begins shooting amidst the pandemic". Tribune India. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
- "Hello Charlie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn.
- "Streaming Now: Abhishek Bachchan's The Big Bull, Aadar Jain's Comedy Hello Charlie Take OTT Route". www.news18.com. 10 April 2021.
- Chopra, Anupama (9 April 2021). "Hello Charlie, On Prime Video, Is Truly Terrible And Defies Reviews". Retrieved 10 April 2021.
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