Fukrey is about these 4 guys where 3 are trying to get into a college and 1 is trying hard not to get out. They all need money and are ready to do anything for it. And so they get entangled in a colossal mess with a foul mouthed underworld Queen’pin “Bholi Punjaaban”.
Now, Fukrey has a paper-thin plot and mostly relies on pointless gags to take you through it. There is the Laurel and Hardy pair of Hunny and Choocha, two complete wastrels, who keep dreaming about the future. Hunny is the bright, handsome guy and Choocha is the dumb, fat guy. Most of the time is wasted in their day dreaming and inane conversations. The brightest star Manjot Singh urf Lali is relegated to a smaller role and half of his time is again wasted in him running around a girl or a beggar. Plus, the “Tope ka Gola” Richa Chaddha is brought into the scene way too late. She brightens up the screen in this no-holds-barred role and leaves you wanting more. But all you get is Mr.Choocha’s Mungeri dreams and badi badi baatein.
No, I am not saying that Varun Sharma urf Choocha has done a bad job. Infact he has done a great one. Just that there are just one too many gags and sometimes it feels like the director is trying way too hard to make you laugh. Choocha’s mindless musings get on the nerves after sometime. And for a film that’s trying to be intelligent, it is really not. There are far too many convenient loopholes towards the end for a satisfactory ending.
On the flip side, the film does have some laugh-out-loud moments and some of the gags do work. But it’s actually the performances from the teenage brigade that takes you through it. All of them stay committed throughout and play out their shenanigans with aplomb. Add to that the powerful performances of Pankaj Tripathi and Richa Chadda, and you are assured of a good enough time.
With all the crap that’s hitting the theatres nowadays Fukrey is a welcome change. Just that now I have had enough of this Delhi (Punjabi) fetish that these directors have. How about something mainstream based in North east or the south ( no, not cliché ridden films like Chennai Express!). Back to Fukrey à Go watch it if you have time to kill as it’s just Befaaltuka Timepass!