Movie review: Fukrey

A film based in the nook and corner of Delhi, and which for most part speaks the colloquial lingo of North India (Yes, the word Fukhrey comes from there too), would perhaps have not worked for people who didn't understand it. (I had someone explain to me the meaning of the word when the movie was announced). But it is to the credit of the director Mrigdeep Singh Lamba that once you start watching this film, you get so familiar with the gullies and nukkads of the area where the four fukhreys, played by Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Varun Sharma and Pulkit Samrat are going through the adventure of their lives, that after the initial trepidation, you will want to sit back comfortably with a delighted grin on your face.

Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Varun Sharma and Pulkit Samrat in a still from Fukrey.

The story is about smart-ass Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and his weirdo friend Choocha (Varun Sharma), who are more outside than inside the school, whiling away their time and hoping for a miracle which would straight admit them to college. Lali (Manjot Singh) wants to get into college to prove a point to his two-timing girlfriend. And then there is Zafar (Ali Fazal), a failed musician who desperately needs money to pay for his father's medical bills. The four fukhreys come together to make some quick buck and in the process fall into the wily trap of the local drug queenpin, Bholi Punjaban, (Richa Chadha). It will only take a miracle to get them out of the situation that they have managed to land themselves in.

The film is a bit slow and meandering at times, especially in the first part. But all is forgiven, as it is garnished with some truly original laugh-out-loud moments (dialogues by Mrighdeep and Vipul Vig). The desi brand of humour is in itself 'paisa vasool' for the ticket money. But what really works for this film is the ensemble cast of near brilliant actors, each of them. While the four boys in the lead have done commendable jobs (a special mention needs to be made of debutant Sharma, who sparkles in his goofy, crazy role), other actors around them give excellent support. Pankaj Tripathi, who plays the corrupt but softhearted head of security of the coveted college, has played his role competently. Chadha, as the lady 'bad man' (a novelty in Hindi films), manages to convince of her power. Go watch.

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