When a girl joins midway through the final academic year in an all-boys mechanical engineering department of an engineering college, all hell breaks loose. The boys are quick to anoint her the ‘mech rani’ and she is only too happy to enjoy the attention. Meanwhile, a one-way love track also develops, parallelly.
The arrival of a girl into an all-men world has often been a situation that offers enough fodder for laughs, fun and stories in our movies. Trivandrum Lodge, Ammayane Sathyam, In Harihar Nagar, and more can be lined up, if we think about Mollywood alone. Chunkzz too, borrows this situation and banks on a much-relatable setting for the present day youngsters, a department in an engineering college. The trick here is to bank on it by creating as much situational humour as possible, and showcasing some nostalgic imagery.
In the film, ‘Chunk bros’ Romario, Atmaram, Riyas and Yudas are classmates in the mechanical engineering department of a college and they always loathe the absence of a girl in their class. Halfway through fourth year, Romario’s childhood friend Riya joins the department. Her friend Sherin also moves from Bengaluru to Kerala at the same time. Riya revels in the attention and Romario falls for her in no time, as well. Now what?
One can’t help but expect a lot of laughter to follow, when Balu Varghese is on screen. Though over time his antics have become slightly predictable, he has still got what it takes to crack up the audience, through his humorous antics, Kochi slang and style of acting. Honey Rose, who plays Riya, looks stunning and stylish in her modern avatar and has got a wonderful screen presence. Merina Michael, who plays a tomboyish character named Sherin, has also given a good performance, just as Dharmajan and Ganapathy.
However, it’s better if those who can’t stand comedy with double entendre stay away from the film, as it’s packed with adult one-liners. Those who can enjoy them can have a good time, though there are many scenes in which the comedy seems forced and squeezed in. A few of the scenes that offer occasional giggles are also borrowed from the age-old internet jokes that are done to death. There isn’t any scope in the screenplay for anything other than humour, probably because of which the makers have ended up overdoing it. The story is also amateurish and commonplace, though a better humour treatment would have made it at least a brainless yet thorough, complete entertainer.
Watch Chunkzz if you can appreciate a few adult jokes, without thinking much about the logic in the story line.