This film is a remake of the internationally hit film, Jon Favreaus ‘Chef’ which is a little bit Indianized. Roshan Kalra (Saif Ali Khan) plays a chef in a US hotel who fights with a customer and punches him for he criticizes his food and is promptly chucked out by the owner of the hotel. So he comes back promptly to his now divorced wife in Cochin, Kerala to spend some time with his son Arman (Svar Kamble ) who lives with his ex-wife Radha Menon (Padmapriya Janakiraman). He goes there with the idea of spending a few days but ends up spending more time with his wife and son. When his wife gets to know he’s been thrown out of his job, she suggests him to come up with his own food truck. Her good friend Biju (Milind Soman) offers his rundown double-decker minibus. The rest of the film is about how he turns the ramshackle bus into a thriving moving restaurant after facing all sorts of problems right from union trouble to a speed crazy driver. How Roshan introduces his son to the culinary delights like Chole Bhature from Chandni Chowk in Delhi to the food in a langar in the Golden Temple Amritsar and how he recounts the story of his run away from home as a young boy to fight against his father (Ramgopal Bajaj) who is opposed to his son choosing to be a chef rather than an engineer or a doctor.
The film is beautifully narrated visually and with good performances all round by Saif Ali Khan who fits the role like a glove and the young boy Svar who is very impressive. Padmapriya is a Malayalam actress who plays Saif’s wife excellently. Chandan Roy Sanyal as Saif’s assistant is very good. It’s good to see the hunky and talented Milind Soman back on screen. Sobhita Dhulipala is wasted. The rest of the cast is adequate.
Music by Raghu Dixit and Amaal Malik is melodious. Priya Sheth’s photography is colorful and makes the Italian and South Indian dishes look wow on screen and very appealing. The Kerala locales of the God’s own country looks very good on screen.