PHAMOUS Movie review: Mooch, Mashooka or Bandook


A bizarre misfire in the desi western spaghetti genre where greater care is given to the moustache of Kay Kay Menon, Jimmy Sheirgill then to the plot, Karan Lalit Butani’s PHAMOUS has nothing phabulous and phantastic to talk about.

An array of good talents like Kay Kay Menon, Pankaj Tripathi, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jackie Shroff, are seen wandering in the dusty lawless region of Chambal in Madhay Pradesh. Chambal in reality is a den for bandits and it has its mention in innumerable dacoit sagas of bollywood from over the top potboilers like CHAMBAL KI KASAM, CHAMBAL KI RANI, CHAMBAL KE DAKU to Shekhar Kapur’s incredible BANDIT QUEEN, Chambal is where all the ‘Dangal’ is happening since ages.

So here, we have Kadak Singh (Kay Kay Menon) blazing all guns causing havoc in an ongoing marriage and trying to kidnap the daughter of Shambu (Jackie Shroff). The daughter accidently dies in the cross fire and Shambu goes to jail. Leaving the region at the mercy of his rival Kadak Singh and his his men with guns supported by a local politician having an uncontrolled libido Ram Vijay Tripathi (Pankaj Tripathi) and his brother Baban Tripathi (Jameel Khan). The region is controlled by power and guns. The power fascinates Radhe Shyam a school boy with a crush on his teacher Rosie (Mahie Gill). Rosie becomes an unfortunate victim of Ram Vijay Tripathi’s desires. Years pass by, things are same in the village and nobody ages except the young Radhe who grows up to become Jimmy Sheirgill. Oh yes special mention for the change in the shape of Kadak Singh’s moustache is must otherwise this review will be incomplete. Of course, Jimmy Sheirgill has a moustache. Now we will refer Kay Kay Menon as big moustache and Jimmy Sheirgill as small moustache to make things easier and add a quirky tone to this erstwhile exhausting, and pointless exercise.

Small moustache is married off to Lalli (Shriya Saran), an admirer of big moustache, small moustache is waiting for an opportunity to team up with big moustache. He gets some success but trouble begins soon when the Tripathi brothers develop a desire for Lalli that cause mayhem in the world of big moustache, small moustache and the brothers with extra libido – the Tripathis.

Suddenly, Jackie Shroff emerges to settle his score with the big moustache who even while dying tests the patience of the audience and utters a few lines. Nothing can be taken from this hum drum even the caliber of Kay Kay Menon, Pankaj Tripathi, Jimmy Sheirgill and Jackie Shroff is unable to save this misfire and excuse me what made Mahie Gill say yes to this two and a half scene appearance.    

Moral of the story: Taking law in your hands is a crime, but glorifying those men with guns in cinema is not even when it is utterly unconvincing. Someone should take up this cause and become PHAMOUS.

Rating 1.5/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Jackie Shroff, Jimmy Sheirgill, Kay Kay Menon, Pankaj Tripathi
  • Actress: Mahie Gill, Shriya Saran
  • Producer: Raj Khatri, Amitabh Chandra, Sumit Jawadekar, Nivedita Kothare
  • Director: Karan Lalit Butani
  • Music Director: Krsna Solo, Sandeep Goswami, Surya Vishwakarma
  • Production house: Raj Khatri Filmz, OM Reels
  • Distributor: AA Films