Chandu Champion Review: An Inspirational Tale That Resonates

Chandu Champion Review
Chandu Champion Review

Chandu Champion Review

The primary goal of inspirational movies is to shake you to your core and challenge your mindset. And when the inspiration comes from real life, it shines even brighter!

In India, more than 2500 films are made and released every year, but only a handful leave a lasting impact. These exceptional films are known as biopics. Biopics gained popularity in India when Farhan Akhtar’s “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” motivated us beyond measure. I believe this movie set a benchmark in the sports biopic genre. Today, I am thrilled to discuss another sports biopic that echoes the same level of inspiration – “Chandu Champion.”

Before diving into the movie, let me ask you a question: In 2024, is there anyone who is willing to wait 50 years for the fruits of their labor? If your answer is yes, do comment and let us know what that work is!

Let’s begin discussing the film that took the Indian government 50 years to acknowledge. Yes, we are talking about “Chandu Champion,” based on the life of Murlikant Petkar.

Murlikant Petkar: A Forgotten Hero

Directed by Kabir Khan and starring Kartik Aaryan, “Chandu Champion” brings to life the story of Murlikant Petkar, India’s first Paralympic gold medalist. He made the nation proud at the 1972 Summer Paralympics in Germany, but it took the Indian government 50 years to recognize his achievement formally.

Murlikant Petkar lost both his legs but never his spirit. Despite his disability, he represented India and won a gold medal, an achievement that was largely forgotten until 2018 when he was finally awarded the Padma Shri.

The Film: Chandu Champion

“Chandu Champion” resurrects this forgotten story with a powerful narrative. Kartik Aaryan portrays Murlikant Petkar so convincingly that you feel connected to Petkar’s journey and struggles. Alongside Kartik, Vijay Raaz delivers a stellar performance, making us believe that his acting should be a subject taught in acting schools.

The casting in this film is spot on. Shreyas Talpade plays a police officer, and Rajpal Yadav as a ward boy adds depth to the storyline. The simplicity and motivation embedded in the story are its greatest strengths. Director Kabir Khan has meticulously highlighted all the significant events in Petkar’s life, making the narrative feel complete.

Highlights and Critiques

While the story has some humorous elements, the songs in “Chandu Champion” do not match the motivational level of “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.” However, the movie’s cinematic appeal is enhanced by scenes crafted with factual accuracy. The film strikes a balance between being neither overly emotional nor underwhelming.

“Chandu Champion” is a film that will restore your faith in the nation’s heroes. It is a must-watch for anyone seeking inspiration from real-life stories of grit and determination. I highly recommend “Chandu Champion” and give it 4 out of 5 stars!

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