Chopsticks is Netflix's first Indian original production, directed by Sachin Yardi, known for his previous works, C Kkompany and Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum. The plot revolves around Nirma Sahastrabuddhe (Mithila Palkar), a fearful, nervous and self-conscious 25-year old. A Manadarin translator in Mumbai, Nirma fails to impress her boss and colleagues due to her clumsiness and strange English pronunciation, and listens to self-help tapes on her mother’s insistence. The story unfolds as Nirma buys a brand new car -- possibly as an escape mechanism from her disappointing work life -- but it gets stolen on the same day as she hands over the keys to a thief, mistaking him for a pay-and-park representative.
One she realises her car is gone, Nirma rushes to the police station but is met with false reassurances and indifference. However, she runs into another thief who recommends that she get in touch with ‘Artist’ (Abhay Deol).
After some deliberation, Nirma decides to contact him and her world suddenly opens up to new possibilities as Artist is clever, self-assured, a crook who cooks for fun and can open safes like a wizard.
Nirma learns to practically overcome her fears and insecurities, as she and Artist embark on their journey to recover the car from mafia don Faiyaz bhai (Vijay Raaz),
Faiyaz reminds one of Vijay’s character in Delhi Belly but is still fun to watch on the screen, as a man obsessed with his pet goat Baahubali.
While Nirma’s subtle transformation, from being a pushover to a more confident person, is interesting, one cannot account for changes in Artist’s outlook. There are several missing pieces and unanswered questions, especially about Abhay Deol’s character. We don’t get to know why he does what he does and why he gets involved in helping out Nirma, amongst other things. The ending scenes seem to be patched together to reach a quick conclusion.
Only Vijay, Mithilka and Abhay’s screen presence, and a few light-hearted moments, manage to make this comedy-drama a one-time watch.