FATSO is heavily borrowed from the Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore starrer GHOST. There's nothing wrong with that. Most of our films have been 'inspired' by Hollywood blockbusters. Twenty-two years ago the two actors along with Whoopi Goldberg swept us of our feet. The same cannot be said about FATSO.
The film has its novelty in the way it begins and moves on to second, third and fourth gear. However, it abruptly chokes while moving on to the fifth gear. There's a rattling sound as you realize the driver has not pressed the clutch all the way down while maneuvering the shift. And that is the disastrous move from director Rajat Kapoor.
All along he was doing fine when suddenly he leaves you with a sense of bewilderment. Navin comes back to life and there is no celebration; Sudeep is dead and not even his mother is aware of it. Moreover, Nandini falls in love with (Sudeep) FATSO and there is no solid base for her shift in taste! C'mon Rajat, you could have done better. Life is to be celebrated, death to be mourned!
Navin (Purab Kohli) and Nandini (Gul Panag) are madly in love. In their friend circle are Sudeep (Ranvir Shorey) an overweight friend high on cholesterol, Yash (Neil Bhoopalam) and Gunjan Bakshi. Navin and Nandini have decided to get married and Navin is out celebrating with Govind and Yash when tragedy strikes. They meet with an accident. Navin who is driving the vehicle and Yash, sitting in the passenger seat in the front realize that Fatso is in trouble. Yash gets out of the car and tries to revive him. He is successful. Meanwhile, as FATSO is being revived, Navin quietly slumps on to the steering wheel. Dead.
From here on Rajat takes you on a creative high. Smartly, he walks you in to the waiting room in heaven where thousands of souls are in transit. Here Navin realizes that the 'authorities' have erred. It was not he but Sudeep who was to have died! Navin is devastated. He wants to get back to earth and creates hell in heaven!
He is sent back, but for that Sudeep has to die!
Purab Kohli is 'with it' in his role while the surprise package is Gunjan Bakshi and Neil Bhoopalam. Both, Neil especially, impress with their role. Ranvir comes to life once he is injected with Navin's soul. Gul Panag needs more than just smooching regularly. Watching her in a role like this is akin to watching Rahul Dravid play a T-20 match when he is a distilled Test player.
On the whole FATSO is a big letdown. It's like a batsman is going great guns and because of his 'arrogant overconfidence' attempts a reverse sweep to be clean bowled when there was no need!