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Four losers bond over some foolish plans to make it rich quick. Quirky and fun in the second half, it is a pain to go through in the first half though.Read more
You can tell the writers of Fukrey are in love with their characters and it is a joy to see the writers so invested in their characters. Except they get carried away. The introduction is so slow that even when fun quirkiness sets in, you have to literally been jerked out of drowsiness.
The character exposition is so tardy and lacklustre that you wonder how you are going to spend the next two hours. And while it is good to see writers who care so deeply about the audience's understanding of the characters, they don't go beyond the initial set-up. As the movie develops, you don't really discover anything new, let alone interesting about most of the characters.
However, as the movie progresses a couple of characters get into their element and bring life into the film, Chucha (Varun Sharma) and Bholi Punjabi (Richa Chaddha). Their characters' quirks and the language they use add zing to the film. That Chucha uses his dreams to win lotteries combined with his outlandish sense of humor, gradually wake you up and you begin to expect a peak in the film's comedy. Bholi's brash lady-goon reminds you of Neha Dhupia's Munni gangster from Phas Gaya Re Obama and you are happy that you are enjoying her role better. She seems more at home with the language and the mannerisms.
Yet, only two characters and the actors who perform them can take a movie only so far. Also ultimately, the movie wants to become greater than what it has been so far and forces a message in. In addition, there is this fact that all the main characters are pretty much losers who you don't feel much for or identify with.
Sure, the two characters take away a lot of the credit, but the other actors do a great job too. Especially the women, Vishakha Singh and Priya Anand. I especially enjoyed scenes between Priya Anand and Pulkit Samrat where they communicate with their eyes. Hilarious and romantic moments at the same time. Also,though Pankaj Tripathi's role seems too small to warrant an actor of his calibre, he of course, does well with what he has.
Yet, with all that's going well for Fukrey, at 2.5+ hours, there is a lot that isn't. There isn't enough for you to warrant a trip to the theaters. Finally, I'll always remember Fukrey as the film that started with a guy peeing and cracking some toilet joke. Even so, a film in which the director and writer tried. A DVD watch where you can skip the first half sounds more like it.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Musically, Ram Sampat composes some good tracks which have been used very intelligently in the film and you don’t mind watching them played in their shorter versions like “Ambarsariya” ... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Fukrey captures a similar spirit, albeit in a very different flavor and the small film experiment about life's trivialities manages to entertain for most part.... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The film is replete with the lingo of Delhi’s streets and college campuses and the four young actors do a fair job of ensuring consistent authenticity of diction. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Fukrey may not be a Rock On!! or Dil Chahta Hai but the new-age relatable bromance and humour that has you in splits all the time makes it for a great watch. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Lamba loosens his grip on the proceedings at several places and the script does waver sometimes, wasting time in love stories and other sub plots the film could have done without. ... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...A tighter script and more screen time for the excellent Pankaj Tripathi, as enterprising campus security guard Pandeyji, might have helped turn this moderately entertaining film into a rollicking good caper. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...What’s missing is the sense that something is at stake. Rather, we see what’s at stake, we know it, but we don’t feel it as the film progresses.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...What is a little worrisome is the takeaway from the film-- that it's okay to be dishonest layabouts and then find underhand ways like drug peddling to making money.... full review
Thumbs down, Free Press Journal : ...Writers Vipul Vig and Mrighdeep throw the foursome into several sticky situations which could have been side-splittingly funny but that’s not the case here. ... full review
oyeyarrchill: #fukrey laughter unlimited,pure stressbuster. Yaar ye HUNNY toh too much cute only. Newly found crush @PulkitSamrat <3 #kthnxbye :p
Onlii_yash: It changed meaning of fukrey word n took d level much higher from a cheaper 1 #iwantfukrey2
names_bond: Fukrey is a cool movie. Relaxed comedy. Liked it.
moviegeek_in: Nonetheless, this fresh upcoming lot of stars make it worth the money spent. Our recommendation: A one time watch. #Fukrey
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