F.A.L.T.U. - Movie review

Published: Apr 02, 2011, 06:29 IST | Bryan Durham |

Dir: Remo D'Souza Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Puja Gupta, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Angad Bedi

F.A.L.T.U.
U; Drama
Dir: Remo D'Souza
Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Puja Gupta, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Angad Bedi
Rating: *1/2

WHAT'S IT ABOUT: Average rankers decide to create a fake university to get their nagging parents off their back. Their plan backfires when several students sign up for admissions.

WHAT'S HOT: Just one thing in this entire godforsaken excuse of a film. The last dance track in the film. Sadly, you'll have to put up with an hour and a half of intolerable un-original tripe before you get to it.

WHAT'S NOT: This film was supposed to be producer Vashu Bhagnani's son Jackky's launch vehicle. It was made and promoted for that express purpose. However, the film serves better as a showreel for director Remo's choreographing talents. The guy is excellent at group performances. Also, for a film that heavily borrows from a film like Accepted (starring Justin Long and Jonah Hill), the 'inspirations' are obvious and retained. The film's script and treatment are pretty much the same. Also, Jackky gets no scope to showcase his talents (or the lack, thereof) in a film that does nothing for him.

I watched this film with college students in a small town. From the sound of it, they'd be far more generous rating this film but equally unhappy with its content. FALTU is insufficiently desified. Arshad Warsi and Riteish Deshmukh appear stoned during most of the proceedings yet dole out gyaan by the truckload. Jackky's character Ritesh has no mind of his own until he lagaaos his kabaadi dimaag. The same can be said of the film. It does nothing differently than its inspiration until Remo displays his forte.

Also at least eight minutes is devoted to the film's website and Remo himself. Shameless self-promotion, boss! Why didn't Vashu see this coming?

WHAT TO DO: Safe to skip it. While watching Accepted would be a better option.

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