When a comedy gets preachy it turns into a tragedy. This is exactly what happens to CRAZY CUKKAD FAMILY
which starts on a hilarious note and ends up telling us what is right and wrong. The end is more like a TV serial. This is sad, because first-time director Ritesh Menon had begun in a scorching manner.
Add to his benefit a cast that stands out with their performances. But the writing gives way mid-way and Prakash Jha Productions' attempt away from politicized drama to comedy takes a nosedive.
Mr Berry, a wealthy man, has gone into a coma for the third time. Twice before, he has come out of it, much to the chagrin of his four children who are waiting for the old man to 'croak'. Why? Because they all have varied lifestyles and to feed their greed they need a part of the huge property that the old man is sitting on. They take loans in the hope they will pay off once a share of the property comes to them.
But the old man has a clause inserted in the Will where they all have to be married before it [the Will] can be read. So the youngest who comes from Auckland, is forced to marry the driver's daughter, just so that they can get to read the Will. Till the interval, the plot is thick and performances crisp. It stays true to its genre. Post that, it plummets.Also Read: T-Series acquires music rights of Prakash Jha Production's 3 upcoming films
Watch the film for some spirited performances from the siblings played by Shilpa Shukla, Swanand Kirkire, Kushal Punjabi and Siddharth Sharma. Watch it also for Ninad Kamat, Nora Fatehi and the rest.
A word of appreciation for Shilpa, Swanand and Ninad all three who stand out with their performances. After her critically acclaimed B. A. PASS, Shilpa gets into the skin of another character which is as diverse and as complicated. One actor to watch out for, for variations in acting.
Swanand, as the greedy eldest son who has scant respect for his wife, is marvelous. As for Ninad, his dual act before the mirror is talent personified.
CRAZY CUKKAD FAMILY could have been the proverbial rib-tickler if only the focus was on making us laugh!