Directed by: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba
Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment is one the production houses in Bollywood from which you can expect good films, but they’re also usually associated with big budgeted affairs, with foreign locations and big names. Fukrey is a bit of a departure from that, it’s a much smaller film, set in Delhi, with the cast consisting of relatively new names. The change of pace hasn’t effected the quality of their productions though, Fukrey is a well made and fun film.
Fukrey tells the story of four guys, brought together by a “get rich quick” scheme, when they’re all in need of a lot of cash in a short amount of time. Two brothers, Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Choocha (Varun Sharma) need the money for leaked exam papers, so they can finally get into college after failing their school exams multiple times. Lali (Manjot Singh) needs it to buy a place in the college he really wants to go to, and Zafar (Ali Fazal) needs it for his father who has a stroke and needs treatment in a private hospital. The scheme is to win the lottery, though banned in Delhi, through a formula Hunny has figured it by decoded his brothers dreams, which always revolve around Hunny bing attacked by some animal and saved by Choocha. They just need an investor, and they find that in Bholi Punjaban, a not-so bholi girl, running multiple illegal businesses.
The film is mainly a comedy, and the humour is where it really excels. It gets a bit serious here and there, with Zafar’s father being in the hospital, and the drama with Hunny’s love interest Priya. There’s nothing wrong with these moments as such, but they kind of bring the film to a halt, as the humour is really what is moving the film along. They should have stuck with lighter story lines, something they could get get laughs out of.
There are four leads actors in a way, and I imagine the intention was for Pulkit Samrat to be the “hero”, but the really star I think is Varun Sharma as Choocha. He plays the clueless kid really well, with good comic timing. The other guys are decent, but not as memorable, and didn’t get nearly as many laughs. Out of the girls, Richa Chaddha gets the most to do as loud-mouthed Bholi Punjaban, and she’s alright though I found the character rather annoying. I also didn’t really get why her English was so mad, if she was doing business internationally. The role of Hunny’s love interest Priya had no real purpose in the film, and Zafar’s was only really there as a convenient plot device.
I wouldn’t say it’s up to the standards of Akhtar and Sidhwani’s usual projects, but in its good moments, Fukrey is a lot of fun. The music apart from the title track, which is catchy, is just ok, and I think the film may find it difficult to draw in a large audience, but it’s definitely worth the time, for the well written humour, and Sharma’s performance.
Fukrey is out Friday 14th 2013.
- Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s ‘Fukrey’ Coming This Friday! (maahinandfilms.wordpress.com)