In Tamanchey, instead of a self-righteous boy serenading a vestal virgin, you have a bad boy romancing a bad girl. No explanations are offered on why Munna (Nikhil Dwivedi), a petty thief, is infatuated with drug peddler Babu (Richa Chadha) or why either of them is so drawn to a life of crime. But does this alone qualify as a coming-of-age pulp fiction romantic thriller? By the end of the film, your answer is that only the intention should be applauded, not necessarily the execution.
A police vehicle carrying Babu and Munna to prison, falls into a ravine, leaving only three survivors — one cop and two criminals. While the cop is too shaken to notice, the baddies thank their lucky stars and escape. The two are inexplicably drawn to one another, considering he is shown as crass and she, hard-as-nails, attempting to be a stylish diva. What follows is their love-making on a truck, carrying tomatoes somewhere in the heartland of north India – and yes, that seals it for a love-struck Munna.
For a while, the lovers are oblivious but three becomes a crowd with the entry of a tainted-for-doping, medal-winning wrestler Rana (Damandeep Singh Siddhu) who is now a mafia kingpin. He and Babu, who turns out to be his mistress, peddle drugs on the India-Nepal border with the help of avaricious cops. And the drama becomes interesting when Munna who continues to be besotted by Babu – despite now knowing she is the don’s girl – joins the same gang.
The Babu-Munna romantic escapades in bank vaults and dimly lit terraces do have their own appeal. But their modus operandi gets stale because of its repetitive nature. All through, the 1983 RD Burman ditty Pyar mein dil pe maar de goli appears in a reprised version, thus making brave attempts to pep up the proceedings, as does the title track.
One star in the rating is reserved solely for the livewire, Richa Chadha. Like in Fukrey, in Tamanchey too, she gets her bindaas, badass girl act pat.
Two un-reformables fall hopelessly in love. Their on-the-run romance is therefore played out against the backdrop of bullets and baddies.
The Times of India