By Shevaal Singh
Two useless students, One ‘artist’ with a knack for music and the other person whose only ambition in life is to get himself a seat in a good college so that this rejected lover can comfort his heart. Fate interweaves the paths of four of these resulting in a knotty chaos. The wacky ride that follows is labelled ‘Fukrey’. The flick was released by Excel Entertainment Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani being the faces that the public see- ‘Fukrey’ is one hell of an enjoyment ride. In this age of cheesy and cheap comedy which the Hindi film industry is now so well-known for churning out , I must say ‘Fukrey’ – despite being tagged ‘Going Cheap June 14’ is thankfully not so. The film is packed with neat amounts of laughter-encouraging hilarious instants and one does not have their attention stroll off for even a fraction of a second.
Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Dileep aka Chucha (Varun Sharma) are two youths who have been to every corner of the city and done various wrong actions both imaginable and unimaginable. The twosome of Chucha and Hunny are skilled with an extraordinary potential the former dreams and the latter forms a lottery grouping with the dream results in the two winning easy money. Lali (Manjot Singh), a Sardar to the hilt comes in contact with these two to get himself a seat in a good college.
In the meantime Zafar’s (Ali Fazal) music prodigy is never appropriately understood by the industry-people. In the midst of it all the frustrated youngster sees his father collapsing to paralysis but isn’t able to get together the money to get him treated in a private hospital. The need for money brings the four to Bholi Panjaban (Richa Chadha), a gangterress if I may say so –who according to what the film says “… cheel hai; coffin ki aakhri keel hai” which means that she’s an eagle; the last nail in a coffin. A comedy of mistakes takes place when this myriad group emanates together dragging Neetu (Vishakha Singh), Zafar’s ex-girlfriend and Lali’s tuition teacher and Priya (Priya Anand), Hunny’s love-interest along.
Director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba is bang on with this comedy. The cast comprised mostly of first- or second-timers in movies is a warm, friendly one. Vipul Vig and Lamba’s story is a fresh one but the by lanes of Delhi and the goons do remind one of ‘Delhi Belly’ at points. ‘Fukrey’ is a fun-ride that has many moments which will make one roll laughing in their seats.
When it comes to acting, the entire cast makes for a refreshing breath of air. While Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma make for a painstakingly entertaining watch, Manjot Singh adds the spice to this recipe. Ali Fazal infuses life into his character and performs well as brooding musician lost in love and depressed at the condition of his family.
Priya Anand seems in her skin after ‘English Vinglish’ but will need polishing up of her acting. Vishakha Singh is praiseworthy. As far as Richa Chadha is concerned if in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ this woman had wowed as Sardar Khan’s strong, feisty widow, she’s treasured as Bholi Panjaban here.
All said and done, there are a few points in the narrative when the story loses its pace but recuperates the tightness very quickly. The music is pleasant with numbers ranging from peppy to soulful. The essence of Delhi from the narrow alleys where Hunny and Varun spend their sunsets cycling and staring at women to Lali’s sweet shop have been captured beautifully.
If you love comedy then ‘Fukrey’ is meant for you as it serves a very lavish spoonsful of laughter if it is what you crave…Go cheap and set free the ‘Furka’ in you …! 7/10 from me for this laughter riot that will entertain you!