Movie review: Fukrey

Just funny (nay witty) dialogue and bumbling scenes do not a movie make. Fukrey has both of these in good measure. Wait, some of the dialogues seem forced wisecracks. Still, you could go out on a limb and call it funny.

Maybe while infusing the movie with one-liners and goofy situations, the writer and director forgot the plot.

Hunny (Pulkit Samrat), a cocky schoolboy with his head in the clouds and Choocha (Varun Sharma),  his simpleton sidekick, dream of making it to a top college in Delhi in spite of having been stuck in school for 3 years. Going by Hunny’s stubble, you may even think they have been stuck in school for a decade. Having no chance of getting through on merit, the two resort to paying their way to get past the college gates. And here’s how they intend to do it. Choocha has dreams (the contents of which would be appropriate in a violent Tom and Jerry story) which Hunny interprets to conjure a lottery number. Joseph and Daniel, if you expected serious modern day competition for your dream interpretations, please look elsewhere. Surprise, surprise the conjured number is always the winning one. If you think this is ludicrous, the rest of this leave-your-brains-at-home (the modern-day euphemism for stuff that is supposed to be funny but is funnily embarrassing) movie will only reinforce your opinion.

The two bumbling characters are convinced their dream analysis induced lottery drawing method can help them make a quick buck and are joined in the caper by two others – Zafar (Ali Fazal), the quintessential dreamy musician, and Lali (Manjot Singh), another gullible youth aspiring to get into a big college so that he can spend time with his childhood sweetheart. What follows is rigmarole of escapades with director Mrigdeep Lamba throwing in everything from a rambunctious female don (Richa Chadda) and her posse of Nigerian internet scammers to a rave party and the lead characters donning animal costumes. Phew!

The silver lining to the movie is the cast. It’s probably what saves the film from sinking completely. While all the actors have done a decent job, Varun Sharma and Richa Chadda essay their characters with remarkable panache.

The dialogue is funny in bits, but often goes overboard and tries too hard. That too could have been overlooked, if only the plot was engrossing enough. For one, it takes far too long for the action to kick in. Further, even if one is to suspend disbelief and accept the initial dream-lottery hook, there are just too many logical loopholes for the viewer to ignore. The resolution is farfetched and seems too contrived, even considering the craziness that runs through the movie.

Fukrey looks more like a patchwork of characters sewn together without considering the overall design. The mélange of characters and wisecracks are entertaining for a while, but there is only so much that characters can do without a bounded plot.

My rating: 1.5 / 5. Watch only if you have time and money to kill.

Tip: Ensure your cellphone has some cool games. Will help you get through the first hour.

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