Sleepwalking, anxiety, depression and bipolarity are some of the mental and behavioral disorders that have provided fodder for cinema. Kleptomania is one such disorder wherein a person suffers from a recurring urge to steal objects sans the ulterior motive of a profit. Over the years, there have been a few movies that have brought this condition to the fore with interesting plots.
Let’s look at five movies in which actors slip in easily into the lead character of a kleptomaniac, stealing objects and our hearts.
This 2017 comedy drama takes us through the life of cab driver Rajkumar who is a kleptomaniac. He desperately wishes to overcome his condition, but to no avail. His disorder gives him nothing but woe in his romantic life, and leads to other problems. With solid performances by all actors, Chor Bani Thangat Kare makes for a must-watch.
This 2018 comedy drama stars Raj Tarun, Amyra Dastur and Rajendra Prasad in lead roles. Raj Tarun plays the role of Raju who suffers from kleptomania, unintentionally stealing things and landing in serious trouble. His condition leads to break-ups with girls and other hilarious incidents, including a rib-tickling situation at his own wedding.
Kangana Ranaut’s flair to portray diverse roles is a known fact. In the 2017 release Simran, she plays the role of a kleptomaniac and a serial gambler, two things that lead her to doomsday. This Hansal Mehta directorial venture is loosely based on the life of Indian NRI Sandeep Kaur and takes some sharp twists and turns.
Helmed by director Bharathiraja, Kangalal Kaidhu Sei takes an unconventional approach to romance. It is the story of John Vaseegaran, a young millionaire who suffers from kleptomania. It is a cat and mouse game between the lead pair. John steals an item, given his condition, and Vidya desperately tries to catch him red-handed. How will it all end? The climax will leave you awestruck.
Kleptomania depicts the unusual bonding between two women who have a chance encounter due to an impulsive theft. One is a depressed socialite who shoplifts while the other is a homeless runaway. Two women from stark opposite backgrounds form an unusual friendship and chart their course in a harsh world.