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Chocolate
Director: Vivek Agnihotri
Cast:
Anil Kapoor, Suniel Shetty, Arshad Warsi, Irrfan Khan, Emran Hashmi, and Sushma Reddy
Length: 2hrs 40mins

Film Information:
Contains strong language, moderate violence
Release:
16th September 2005 by EROS International
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Anil Kapoor in Chocolate
Anil Kapoor in Chocolate
An edge-of-the-seat thriller with a Hollywood look.
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Krishna (Anil Kapoor) is a criminal lawyer based in London. He thrives on winning his court cases and when he does, he likes to let everyone know.

Monsoon (Sushma Reddy), is a journalist who works for a newspaper called The Indian Tribune. She uncovers the story of two Indians residing in London involved in terrorist activities.

Initially, she decides to get more details but later makes a complete U-turn by helping these people.

The two culprits under question are Tanushree Dutta and Irrfan Khan.

In order to help these guys, Monsoon seeks the help of his close friend Krishna who agrees to take on their case.

From here on, the film goes into flashbacks as these two people tell their side of the story on what had actually happened.

Apparently these two characters were part of a music group comprising of Emraan Hashmi, Suniel Shetty and Arshad Warsi.

How they got themselves in this mess in the first instance forms the crux of this film.

The film title, Chocolate, means 'illegal goods' in the context of the film's storyline and this is investigated by Krishna who finds the plot getting thicker as he discovers more lies. . .

Chocolate is a fast-paced thriller which keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end of the last reel.

Anil Kapoor's performance is excellent as the lawyer trying to find the truth, while Irrfan Khan, Emraan, Suniel and Arshad Warsi are equally good.

Tanushree Dutta is likable, although Sushma Reddy's character as a journalist is just about convincing.

They both need to improve their acting skills which will happen with time and experience as they get more roles in future projects.

Overall Chocolate has the 'Hollywood look' and one wonders whether this film was meant for a crossover audience. Worth watching if you fancy something different from the Bollywood norm.

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar,
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