Fukrey starts off with two thick pals Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Dileep Singh aka Choocha (Varun Sharma) who want nothing more in life than to squeeze their way into the city’s hippest college merely to woo the sexy college babes. But clearly not being the brightest of the students, their only hope to get in is through some jugaad. They are joined by Lali (Manjot Singh) a sardar with a big heart and small brains and Zafar (Ali Faisal), an aspiring musician with nothing but a guitar to himself.
Together the four find their dreams coming true through Choocha’s persistent whacky dreams that only Hunny can decode. Their game plan calls for heavy investments and through Zafar’s contacts they approach Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda), an expletives spewing gundi who can go to all lengths for money. They convince Bholi to invest in their rock-solid plan but things go awry soon after and the female gangster goes after their throats.
Post KHOSLA KA GHOSLA!, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE!, DO DOONI CHAAR, DELHI BELLY, BAND BAAJA BAARAAT and VICKY DONOR, there is a barrage of films set in North India. But the similarity ends there. Like I pointed out at the outset, FUKREY is more about the Gen X who are keen to make it big via shortcuts and how they get entangled in a tight spot. The writers borrow from slice of life situations and throw the four characters in circumstances that may seem serious, but the spectator remains thoroughly amused by the goings-on. Additionally, the film stays true to Delhi’s colloquialism, but the lines and speech are such that the film caters to a universal audience. Also, the humor is subtle and understated and not in your face tomfoolery and clowning.
The best thing about FUKREY is its casting and by zeroing on relative newcomers for the principal leads, the makers steer clear of the baggage of image that reputable actors, generally, cart on their shoulders. Besides, FUKREY comes across as a renaissance for Mrighdeep, who faltered in his directorial debut TEEN THAY BHAI. This time, the screenplay moves fast and furiously, the escapades are wild and wacky and the pacing is just right. In fact, the writing is the biggest strength of the enterprise. Dialogue are witty and mirthful.
The sole problem with FUKREY is that the narrative appears lengthened towards the concluding stages. A crisper culmination would’ve only facilitated in creating a stronger impact. As a matter of fact, the entire episode of raising the finance, right up to the guys settling the score with the female gangster, could’ve been swifter and even more compelling.
Ram Sampat’s soundtrack is in sync with the mood of the film. ‘Fuk Fuk Fukrey’, ‘Jugaad Karle’ and ‘Ambarsariya’ are notable compositions. The DoP captures the environs of old Delhi charmingly. Dialogue are amusing and augment the fun quotient.
It would be unfair to state that FUKREY belongs to any one actor. Pulkit, Manjot, Ali and Varun, each of them gets ample scope to shine in their respective parts. Pulkit is confidence personified. He has the potential to make it big. Manjot is getting better with every film. He’s top notch. Ali, last seen in ALWAYS KABHI KABHI, is earnest to the core. First-rate. Varun springs the biggest surprise. He contributes enormously to the laugh-out-loud moments. Richa Chadda is in terrific form and from her introduction itself, the graph of the film steers Northwards. Vishakha Singh is in super form. Priya Anand is wonderful and the scenes with Pulkit win you over. Pankaj Tripathi is, as always, fantastic.
On the whole, FUKREY is a twisted and delectably uproarious take on the shortcuts the youth of today indulge in. Watch it for the sheer novelty and uniqueness it lays on display. Recommended!
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