Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fukrey (2013) - Movie Review

From the eccentrically crazy (Lali) to the unknowingly entertaining (Choocha) to the quirky (Bholi Punjaban), Fukrey is a mad mad film with characters that make you laugh your heads off. The teaser and the title suggest what to expect, right off the bat. A light-hearted fun film, around 4 crazy, good-for-nothing fukras. And add to it, a flavour that's so Delhi!
From the name Billa Halwai to its billboard flaunting owner's handshake with the Prime Minister, from the lady's hilarious expression in the bus when Lali is having a conversation with his prospective accounts teacher (read: love interest) to Hunny's frandship request, to the maata ka jagran, the director takes care of every minute detail to lend it that essence.  

The first 20 minutes seem to drag. The director wastes some time bringing our four main characters together. Post which the real fun begins. Those are, in fact, some of the best moments of the film. The four hit it off well the first time they meet and there is absolutely no awkwardness when they do. The one-film old Pulkit Samrat, hands down, steals the first half with his flawless acting, dapper looks and perfect timings. But the second half is out and out Choocha's (Varun Sharma) and Lali's (Manjot Singh) show with their side-splitting punches. Both their characters are fleshed out well. Lali is brilliant with his poker-face expressions. I didn't know someone could make even a 'debit what comes in, credit what goes out' sound so hilarious, so effortlessly. Choocha could have easily been caricatured into an annoying pesk, had he overdone it. Thankfully the director went beyond giving him funny dialogues. It's the way he carries himself, the way he dresses up, just everything about him that lends color to his character. Richa Chadhha convinces as the loud, crass Bholi Punjaban. Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi) is brilliant as usual. 

Though confusing and annoying initially, the smacky's (the character Lali keeps running into) presence in the film is well-served. **Spoiler ahead** It's interesting and ironical how the director places the loaded and purposeless smacky against our four lead characters who turn their life upside down only for easy money. **Spoiler over** 

Overall, Fukrey promises loads of laughter. It becomes even more fun with an enthusiastic audience. Watch it!

For those who have seen it, how did you like it? I'm waiting to hear from you in the comments below :)

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