is not your average Hindi cinema, it's not even DON 2
, a 'super safe movie to make' (sorry Farhan for rubbing it in yet again). FUKREY is a thinking man's, creative high. It takes a lot to back a project like this. Farhan Akhtar
and Ritesh Sidhwani
have a huge hand to play here; believing in something that could have easily blown in their faces. It's a gamble they took with director Mrigdeep Singh Lamba and his story. And boy, what a ride this movie is.
The casting, apart from the hatke
story, is something to learn from. You see some new and old talent hobnobbing to produce a heady cocktail of entertainment that is just ''Wow''. And it is this wow factor that makes your journey along with the two main characters Pulkit Samrat
(Hunny) and Varun Sharma
(Choocha) an adventure you could easily set out on to witness yet again.
Varun's performance is out of this world. His debut could easily be termed as Virender Sehwag scoring a triple ton in a Test match! There's such finesse in his acting that would move even the brightest of them to stand up and applaud. I only hope he does not go the Omi Vaidya way whose Chatur-like character from 3 IDIOTS
was overdone. CHECK OUT: FUKREY spoofs MAN OF STEEL and SCAVENGERS
Pulkit Samrat in only his second outing whips out a seasoned performance. Confident, yet grounded. His Hunny never borders on over exuberance. One wrong foot and this character of his could have easily faltered. But this lad stays 'within' and delivers in style. Manjot Singh
(Lali) who stormed the big screen in OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE!
comes up with yet another stunner. As a helper to his dad in his restaurant business, doing his correspondence course and wooing the girl who he knew from school, to putting all on the line in the hope of securing admission to a college to teach his 'girlfriend' a lesson, Manjot's Lali is honestly disturbing!Priya Anand
(Priya) who plays Pulkit's love interest and Vishaka Singh
(Neetu) have but a few scenes. Both, however, juice out the best in the little they have to leave a mark.
makes a complete shift with his role as a college chowkidaar
who too knows how to make a quick buck. A revelation. The only weak link in the entire plot is the role of Ali Fazal
as Zafar. He is shown roaming around the college campus with a guitar in hand. He is apparently in love with Neetu (who teaches in the same college) and out of the blue we are subjected to a hospital scene where he is helping his paralyzed father give a urine sample. A little tweaking of his character here and FUKREY would have been phenomenal.
However, Richa Chaddha
- ('Sinderalla' reads the tattoo on the nape of her neck, reads), who plays Bholi Punjaban a female gangster with a quirky twist - puts the ultimate garnish on this dish called FUKREY.
It's a role reversal from what we saw of her in GANGS OF WASSEYPUR
. Here, she runs a den of her own and have big-wigs coming to her for 'favours'. For a price of course. She does not set out on her prey, but if opportunity knocks on her door, she does not think twice before using whoever it is, to suit her business needs.
And it is one such need that has Hunny, Choocha, Zafar, and Lali setting out to meet her. While Hunny, Choocha and Lali want admission in a college, Zafar is in need of quick money to help his ailing dad. Hunny and Choocha are 'school failures' whose only reason to be in college is to woo girls. They share a unique bond. They may be duffers in school but when it comes to dreams and deciphering them, they score big time. Hunny decodes Choocha's dream, zeroing it down to a number that they use to win lotteries. They have never lost. CHECK OUT: After gangster's wife, Richa Chadda to now play a gangster
Buoyed by this confidence, they approach Bholi Punjaban to put in big money to reap rich rewards. But Bholi wants her principle amount back, no matter what. She is convinced by the two that she will get that back, as well as much more. As luck would have it, they lose and she is after them to get back her due.
FUKREY may not touch the Rs 100-crore mark, but I sense that this film would surely do what BHEJA FRY
did. Like I said in my opening line, this is not your average Hindi film. It takes balls to back a script like this!