Rajma Chawal movie review: Rishi Kapoor and Netflix cook up discomfort food

Rajma Chawal movie review: Rishi Kapoor outclasses Netflix’s latest Indian original film, directed by Leena Yadav and co-starring Anirudh Tanwar and Amyra Dastur. Rating: 2/5

Rajma Chawal is prepared as a Sunday special in north Indian – mostly Punjabi – households. Some like it slightly on the sweeter side, while others pile on the masala. The colour can vary, too. Certain recipes produce a lighter, more runny curry, while others are thick with onion, tomatoes and garlic. The point being, no two households will have the same Rajma Chawal; and the uniqueness of their recipes is a matter of pride. Curiously, Rajma Chawal isn’t a dish one would have at a restaurant. Unlike other north Indian delicacies such as Daal Makhani or Butter Chicken – which are rarely, if ever, made at home – Rajma Chawal’s almost exclusive association with family lunches and gossipy gatherings, for the millions who tuck in every Sunday, represents just that — home, and family. We meet Kabir Mathur at a time in his life when he has become disillusioned with both. He has been uprooted by his father, played by Rishi Kapoor, and plonked in the sweaty gullies of their youth, in ‘Purani Dilli’s’ Chandni Chowk. His old home in New Delhi, like the memories of his dead mother, have been snatched away.

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