Jun 14 2013

Fukrey- Movie Review

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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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Mar 22 2013

Rangrezz- Movie Review

Roochster

Rangrezz posterPriyadarshan’s films have always been based on realistic situations and people. Jackky Bhagnani is no star to pull anyone into watching Rangrezz and neither is him dancing to Psy’s Gangnam Style to get some popularity votes. So what can you expect from a movie like Rangrezz and is it worth watching? Read on.

Rangrezz is full of social messages about love, marriage, trust and friendship. Jackky along with his 2 best friends decides to save a long lost friend who wants to commit suicide because the father of the girl he likes and his own mother (both politicians with lots of connections) are against them getting married and will do everything they can to stop them. So the 3 friends help the couple elope, getting terribly beaten up in the bargain, so much so that one goes deaf, one loses a leg and one’s eye almost pops out. The funniest part is that both the friends of Jackky Bhagnani don’t even know the guy. They’re just playing ‘Rang De Basanti’ for the sake of friendship and because of too much ‘velagiri’in life.

Rangrezz is Bollywood’s remake of the Tamil hit ‘Naadodigal’directed by Priyadarshan who’s made some pretty awesome movies in the past, the slice of life type- Hera Pheri, Hulchul, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Chup Chup Ke, Malamaal Weekly, etc.  In Rangrezz too, you’ll see things as they are. No heavy make up, no designer clothes, no big cars, no swanky houses, etc. The entire look and feel of the film is that of middle class people and everything about them. The cinematography by Santosh Sivan was ok. I think he’s done better work in the past. Also the action scenes were a bit much. I felt that there was too much to be said in the main plot. Also, in the first half I was so disinterested, that the only thing that kept me hooked were the performances. The second half was way better!

The hero of the film Jackky Bhagnani is a decent looker and has given very average performances in the past. In Rangrezz he’s good. Rajpal Yadav is just superb! His comic timing and expressions are brilliant! All the other actors in the film are not biggies or are hardly known but have acted very well! Pankaj Tripathi and Lushin Dubey as the parent politicians gave powerful performances. I also thought the 2 guys who play his friends were very natural.

The music in the film is ok. The romantic song that comes in the start is nice.

Rangrezz as a film has a good social message but the screenplay, the innumerable characters and the long story with many other stories in it make you wonder why this film was even made. The only saving grace are the performances.

Rating– 2.5/5

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