Chalk n Duster (2016)

Hindi Drama
Critics Score
Total Reviews: 29
User Score
Total Votes: 2

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Review Summary: Despite Shabana Azmi's valiant effort, the movie is pedestrian in execution

Average Critic Rating: (2.26)
Cast: Shabana Azmi , Juhi Chawla , Divya Dutta , Upasna Singh , Girish Karnad , ZARINA WAHAB , Sameer Soni , Aarya Babbar , Gavie Chahal , Naveen Sharma , Adi Irani , Rishi Kapoor , Jackie Shroff , Richa Chaddha , Kabir Arora , Akshita Arora
Director: Jayant Gilatar
Release Date: 15 Jan 2016
Est. Budget: 5.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 1.0 CR

Plot: The film is an emotional journey of two teachers Vidya (Shabana Azmi) and Jyoti (Juhi Chawla), serving at a Mumbai–based high school. Their passion and love for teaching, bonds them in a special relationship with their students. Their gratification is good grades, moral values they strive to impart to students. Read more

Chalk n Duster - Top Reviews

Shabana Azmi, Juhi Chawla power through in this classroom drama
Subhash K Jha, First Post
On an overall basis, ‘Chalk N Duster’ is a decent film narrating a soulful lesson. Despite of its tacky presentation and outdated looks, the movie will be still cherished by the feel good type of simple film lovers as it has a strong undercurrent along with few great actors and proper soul attached to it.
Divya Solgama, Cine Markets
Nothing rescues this Juhi Chawla, Shabana Azmi film
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
As the name suggests, the film is about teachers, teaching, and the current education system
Sonia Chopra, Sify
Mistaking intent for quality, Chalk N Duster’s greatest drawback is that it tries to take the high moral ground without substantiating its material or projecting the least bit of depth
Sukanya Verma, REDIFF
Despite Shabana Azmi, 'Chalk N Duster' isn't spectacular
Sneha May Francis, Emirates 24X7
Chalk N Duster is the unkindest cut. If you have any respect for your teachers - past present or future - give this film a miss.
I just wish Gilatar had given these fine ladies a better script - I think there’s one buried deep within this film, in fact
Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times
I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five.(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand

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Chalk n Duster - All Reviews

Juhi, Shabana's performance shows that you are only as old as your feel
Gayatri Gauri, First Post
A movie with a solid heart. May be amateurish and maudlin in parts but deserves a watch for what it conveys.
Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini
Scruples don’t always translate into entertaining cinema — that’s the lesson to be learnt from ‘Chalk N Duster’
CHALK N DUSTER is endearing despite its flaws!
Martin D'Souza, Glam Sham
The ungrammatical title is the least of the problems with ‘Chalk N Duster’
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
There is no attempt to introduce any subtlety or sense in the plot
It is also a delight to watch so many talents in a single frame.
It is a dated, tacky and shallow tribute to the Creators of Leaders
Rahul Desai, Catch News
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama
Chalk N Duster picks a topic rarely explored by the film industry and shows the Indian education system in its current form. Watch it to get on a nostalgia trip remembering your teachers as well be presented with the reality of the education system today.
Tania Rana, BookMyShow
Although the movie has been made with the right premise in mind, and has an enviable cast, the shoddy execution makes it a terrible watch. You sit through it because it means well.
Manisha Lakhe, Nowrunning
Shabana Azmi and Juhi Chawla’s charming presence and sincere performances aside, this could well turn out to be one of the year’s most forgettable films
Source, BookMyShow
Very dramatic and very effective
Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times
Juhi, Shabana show Bollywood that you are only as old as you feel
Gayatri Gauri, First Post
You may even call it as crude and unapologetic in terms of melodrama, however, it has the heart in the right place. It can be called as decent conscientious efforts to showcase the bond found in between the teachers and the taught.
Just Bollywood
Chalk N Duster is a dramedy that is high and on drama and some unintentional comedy
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
Nothing irritates more than sanctimony and this film is so packed with piety that it looks set to get tax exemption and mandatory school screenings to boot.
Juhi, Shabana's cute relationship is overshadowed by the film's flaws
Anna MM Vetticad, First Post
On the whole, Chalk N Duster is a nice film with noble intentions but its box-office prospects are very bleak
Komal Nahta, KomalsReviews
Shabana and Juhi are irritatingly saccharine initially, but get firmly in the saddle soon
Meena Iyer, The Times of India