Film: Zindagi Shatranj Hai
Starring: Hiten Tejwani, Kavita Tripathi, Hemant Pandey, Shawar Ali, Pankaj Berry, Rajkumar Kanojiya, Ashutosh Kaushik, Ekta Jain
Genre: Suspense Drama
Director: Dushyant Pratap Singh
By Yogesh Mishra
Zindagi Shatranj Hai is one of the suspense-drama movies of director Dushyant Pratap Singh. Panjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi is back on the big screen again with a song in this film.
The story revolves around Siddharth (Hiten Tejwani), who enters the house of a married lady (Kavita Tripathi), whose husband has just gone abroad and is not reachable on the phone. Siddharth enters her house and claims to be her husband. Her home servant Vasu (Hemant Pandey) supports him. She calls the police, but Siddharth manages to prove himself as her husband and shows all the possible documents and identity proof. The story leads to more confusion as it heads towards its climax. Whatever happens at the end is the real crux of the story, so to know what happens at the end, one must watch the film.
The story is very casual and stuck on a single twist throughout the film except for hardly 5–7 minutes of the climax. Because there are no twists and turns, the audience becomes bored. Somewhere, director Dushyant Pratap Singh failed to hold the attention of the audience.
Hiten Tejwani, Rajkumar Kanojiya, Ekta Jain, Hemant Pandey, Shawar Ali, and Ashutosh Kaushik like actors justified their roles, but the film's poor storyline ruined everything else. We can say it’s a complete underutilization of talents like Hiten Tejwani.
The melodious music of Anjjan Bhattacharya and Indrani Bhattarcharjee is quite impressive, and songs like "Gadbad Gadbad" entertain the audience. This song, which features Daler Mehndi and Anjumman Mughal, etc., is another attraction of the film. Apart from this, other songs in the film are also quite entertaining.
The story, screenplay, and dialogue are poorly written, and its execution is even poorer, but since the songs are good, it refreshes the mood of the audience from time to time.
Overall, the movie fails to impress the audience, so it cannot be recommended to watch, but since the songs are quite entertaining, the fans of Hiten Tejwani and legendary singer Daler Mehndi can watch it once.