Politics is an important component of our society and in recent times, with the advent of social media, it has become popular even among the youth who were not interested earlier. However, this was not the case in our films. Obviously we have a lot of movies related to politicians but a fictional film revolving around the life of a politician was rare. Most of them which were released recently like Thackeray accident prime minister  and PM Narendra Modi  There were biopics. Madam Chief Minister directed by Jolly LLB fame Subhash Kapoor, which released today, fills up the space. It is not a biopic and acts as a fictional political thriller. The trailer and some similarities with the life of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati have grabbed some attention. So does the Chief Minister emerge as an entertaining political figure? Or does it fail to entice? Let’s analyze.
Madam Chief Minister is the story of a girl who becomes the most powerful woman in Uttar Pradesh. Tara Roopram (Richa Chadha) was born in 1982 in a village in Uttar Pradesh. On the same day, his father, Roopram (Mukteshwar Ohja), is killed by members of an upper caste. Tara’s grandmother, who is troubled by her birth anyway as she is the fourth daughter in the family, becomes enraged when she learns of Roopram’s demise. She blames Tara for this tragedy and is about to kill her. But Tara’s mother (Seema Modi) stops her from doing so. Years later, Tara grows up and works as a librarian at a university. She is in a physical relationship with Indramani Tripathi (Akshay Oberoi), a political heiress and a politically active student at the university. One day, Tara tells Indramani that she is pregnant and wants to marry Indramani. To which Indramani clarified that this is not possible due to caste distinction. He advises her to abort the child. He refused and threatened to expose her. While she is working in the forest, her goons attack her. However, she is saved by the men of Master Surajbhan (Saurabh Shukla), who belong to the Parivartan Party of India, which fights for the lower caste and downtrodden people. Tara is indebted to Master and she starts living with him and even works for his party. She quickly catches up to the workings of politics. Shortly before the state elections, she advises Master to form an alliance with Vikas Party’s Arvind Singh (Shubrajyoti Barat), who approached Master for a political partnership. Master sends Tara to meet Arvind Singh and explain about Master’s conditions. Tara succeeds. When no one is ready to contest against the incumbent CM, Tara takes up the challenge. She impresses the public with her fiery speeches. She also attacks herself to gain sympathy. All these reasons help him to defeat the incumbent CM in the election. According to the terms of the alliance, for the first two and a half years, a candidate from the Bharatiya Parivartan Party would serve as Chief Minister. The party members choose OP Kushwaha (Sangam Bhaguna) because of his seniority and political experience. But, the master vetoed the decision and made Tara the chief minister. She shifted to the spacious residence of the CM. She asks her mother to stay with her, who is clearly proud of Tara’s achievements. Meanwhile, his OSD (Officer on Special Duty), Danish Khan (Manav Kaul) informs him about the Vikas Party MLAs who have been selected by Vikas Singh to serve in the cabinet. All of them are close to development as a friend or family member and one of them is none other than Indramani Tripathi! Tara is furious that the one who tried to kill her will become a cabinet minister. She tries her best to ensure that she does not get the post of minister. What happens next becomes the rest of the film.
Subhash Kapoor’s story is promising in some parts. after politics We don’t really have an imaginary political setback. It is commendable that the author researched well and managed to come up with some interesting scenes, many of which are based on common political tactics like unholy political alliances, horse-trading etc. But Subhash Kapoor’s script doesn’t do full justice. There are some goofs in the first half which are ignored in favor of the many strengths in the film. But in the second half, these shortcomings amplify and affect the effect. Subhash Kapoor’s dialogues are realistic and sharp at places. However, the phrase Tara used during her speeches’Main tumhari hoon‘ could have been thought of better and could have been more rigid.
Subhash Kapoor’s direction is exceptional in many places, but otherwise, it is quite lackluster, especially compared to his earlier films. What is surprising from the start is that the film moves very fast, which is not exactly Subhash’s style. First, one feels great because a fast-paced narrative can mean an even better narrative. But in the process of rushing things, the director misses out on some developments which leave the audience confused. For example, why Tara doesn’t carry on with the pregnancy and when she changes her mind is never shown. Secondly, Sundar (Boloram Das), a member of the master party, commits a heinous act of betrayal. Sadly, his track is completely forgotten in the second half. The finale looks a bit awkward. Ideally, the producers should have reversed the chronology. The poisoning bit track should have been followed by a horse-trading sequence as the latter was quite powerful. Had the film ended with this action-packed track, it would have had an impact. Sadly the opposite happens. So a great sequence is followed by a disappointing sequence and hence, the audience walks out of the theater and is not very impressed.
The Chief Minister has made a good start, explaining the prevailing caste wars in rural areas. The introduction of the adult Tara and her relationship with Indramani is quickly explained and illustrated. But it is when Master Surajbhan enters the story that the film gets better. The pure bond he has with Tara is likable. The execution feels jerky at some places, but one doesn’t mind too much here as there is a lot going on in the film. The two scenes that really stand out here are Tara forcing herself and other lower caste people to enter the temple; And the second is when she forcibly shaves Indramani. The timeout point is arresting. Post interval, the film jumps like a rocket as Tara ‘kidnaps’ Vikas Party MLAs and keeps them in a guest house. The drama that happens here definitely stays on the edge of the seat. Sadly, from here the film falls instead of maintaining such a height. The track of the CM being slowly poisoned is unpredictable but doesn’t really produce the desired effect because it is flawed. The finale is well thought out but again, it lacks punch.
Talking about the performances, Richa Chadha does justice as she delivers a confident and solid performance. The best part about her acting is that she understands Tara very well. She goes overboard when Tara plays in the gallery giving a speech but she also draws a line so that it doesn’t sound like a ham performance. Saurabh Shukla is lovely and all his scenes are charming. Manav Kaul is always dependable but gets frustrated with the script in pre-climax and finale. Akshay Oberoi makes a big impression. Someone wishes he had more screen time. Shubhrajyoti Baraat is fine as the villain. Boloram Das is fair. Sangam Bhaguna, Mukteshwar Ohja and Seema Modi do not get much scope. Nikhil Vijay (Bablu) played a half-hearted character and looked like he was trying to imitate popular actor Dhanush. Raviza Chauhan (Shashi Rai) is great. The actress who plays Shreya Awasthi (Dr Laxmi), Alok Sharad (Judge) and Judge Supriya Tiwari is fine.
Mangesh Dhakde’s music is useless. Ideally, it should have been a songless film. ‘Chidi Chidi’ worth forgetting. Mangesh Dhakde’s background score, however, is dramatic and has a commercial vibe. Jayesh Nair’s cinematography is superb.
The scene where Richa captures the pose of Dr. Ambedkar’s statue particularly well. Vikram Singh’s production design is without complaints. Veera Kapoor’s costumes are straight out of life while Nikita Kapoor’s makeup and prosthetics add to the realism. Parvez Shaikh’s action is not bloody and still works well as per the theme of the film. Chandrashekhar Prajapati’s editing is problematic.
Overall, the Chief Minister boasts of an interesting idea and excellent performance by Madam Richa Chadha and Saurabh Shukla. But script flaws and a disappointing and abrupt finale spoil the show. At the box office, it will struggle to attract the audience as it has been released without any awareness.