Dec 13 2013

What The Fish!- Movie Review


What the fish! posterDimple Kapadia was the only reason for me to watch ‘What the Fish!’ I felt there had to be something about the movie because otherwise we don’t get to see the beautiful actress much. Let me tell you about my experience.

So, (Mausiji) Dimple Kapadia is a lonely divorced mother who leaves her house in Delhi in the hands of her niece for about a month when she goes to meet her son. The most important things in the house are her fish Mishty and a money plant. Leaving that responsibility with full trust, she comes back to find that her house was as it was… many years ago when she was still with her husband. What she doesn’t know is all the mishaps that have occurred in that one month and that her fish and money plant aren’t the same.

I’d like to say that ‘What the fish’ has an interesting story. However, the screenplay isn’t as exciting as it could have been. Perhaps the director tried too hard to say too much. With individual stories in the big picture, he got a little carried away. Even the two hours seemed too long because of how stretched it is. There are some scenes which are repetitive like the one with one scene about a woman in a white saree running out and Dimple Kapadia face palming or everytime a tenant goes to the Fish Store to buy a fish for the aquarium. It could all have been a lot more fun if the movie ended in an hour. But unfortunately it didn’t.

The setting is real, believable and you do get a Delhi vibe. The characters are a big exaggerated and that’s ok but somehow there’s a hotchpotch in the story telling style which stops the smooth flow of the story and thus diverges from the entertaining factor especially in the second half. The styling is simple; with no extra effort paid to making any of the characters look more than what they’re supposed to be. The cinematography could have been a hundred times better. It’s as if a regular video camera was just handed over to someone who can use it and then high contrasts were used in the edit room later. I wish more attention was given to the editing of the overall film.

Anyway, coming to the performances… Dimple Kapadia is superb! As an annoying and nagging ‘mausiji’ she not only convinces but gets into the skin of her character. Even though she’s not there throughout, she has a strong presence. All the other actors too have done a good job. I thought Anand Tiwari’s role was quite funny in its own way and the role completely suits him. The girl who plays his fiancée Gopa – Deepti Pujari is sweet and plays her part with flair. Manjot Singh, Vishal Sharma and Meenal Tyagi are natural and fun to watch.

Overall, an average film with good performances.

Rating– 2.5/5

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Jun 14 2013

Fukrey- Movie Review


fukrey-posterWeird title, new actors and a trailer that doesn’t look that appealing is not inviting enough to go watch ‘Fukrey’. But then, if Farhan Akhtar who’s made and been a part of some really good films has produced it, there must be something right? Well, that’s why I just had to give this a chance. Here’s my review.

Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Chucha (Varun Sharma) are buddies who are brats of the first order and have a unique talent- to make money winning lotteries thanks to Chucha’s dreams. Laali (Manjot Singh) whose father owns a small food stall selling jalebis, etc. is struggling to get into college with a bit of jhol via the college’s security guard. An aspiring musician Zaffar’s (Ali Fazal) father’s paralysis treatment can only happen with a good sum of money which he doesn’t have. Due to desperate measures, they all turn to the college’s security guard who’s pretty influential. One such person he knows is Bhooli Punjaban (Richa Chaddha) who is a gundi. One thing leads to another and they get themselves into a big mess.

What is nice is the way the story unfolds with its many subplots all forming a nice build up to the climax. The screenplay is well written with dialogues and situations that will crack you up when you least expect it. The production design is real and contemporary, keeping with the times and so is the styling of all the actors. Delhi forms an integral part of the film and the characters are beautifully sketched out. Good job director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba! The cinematography is good. The background score is very good. The music by Ram Sampat will grow on you after the film but the song ‘Ambarsariya’ sung by Sona Mahapatra is superb!

Coming to the performances… Pulkit Samrat as Hunny is not only ridiculously handsome but also a very good actor. He’s a natural and has acted very well. I have to admit that I have a HUGE crush on him! Ali Fazal as Zaffar is alright. His character is my least favourite. Manjor Singh as Laali is good. Varun Sharma as Chucha has some of the best lines in the film and his expressions are hilarious! Richa Chaddha as Bhooli is just fantastic! She is supremely talented! The other two lead actresses Priya Anand and Vishakha Singh are nice to watch.

Fukrey is a fun, fresh and entertaining film albeit a little long. The performances by Richa Chaddha, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma are noteworthy. Do watch!

Rating– 3/5


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