The movie is about four good-for-nothing Delhi laundas who come up with a plan to make easy money and fulfill their dreams
Director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba’s Fukrey is a joyride set in Delhi which will remind you a bit of Delhi Belly. The youthful comedy revolves around best buds – Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Dileep Singh aka Choocha (Varun Sharma) – who desperately want to get through the city’s coolest college (just to woo the girls). The only way their dream will come true is through some jugaad since they are not the brightest of students.
Then there is Lali (Manjeet Singh), a pakka sardar, who is studying through a correspondence course. He prays at a gurudwara every day for an admission in the same college as his girlfriend. The fourth protagonist Zafar (Ali Fazal) aspires to become a musician. All the four protagonists bump into each other near the college and warm up to become best buddies.
Choocha dreams about weird things which Hunny decodes and eventually they always end up predicting the winning lottery number. So to pursue their dreams, the boys decide to take advantage of Choocha and Hunny’s unique talent and plan to win the state lottery. This is where Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) enters the picture. She is the new-age female gangster, who makes a lot of moolah by selling drugs, betting and what not. You mess with her and she will screw you royally. Hunny, Choocha, Lali and Zafar convince Bholi to invest in their foolproof plan. However, things go awry when the foursome get into trouble and are bullied by Bholi.
The first-half of the film is slow paced but the comic punches every now and then keep you thoroughly entertained. Coming to the performances, Pulkit acts ably and his confidence is laudable. Newbie Varun is the surprise package and stands out with his perfect comic timing, amusing expressions and wacky characterisation. Manjeet does justice to his role and makes you laugh with his poker-faced expressions. Ali does a fine job with whatever little lines he has in the film.
While the male leads are bang on, the female actors don’t have much to do. Of the three, Richa Chadda has the meatiest role and gives an impressive performance as the boisterous Bholi Punjaban. Priya Anand and Vishaka Singh only have a few scenes.
The movie is too long since all the naach-gaana is only towards the end. The signature Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani bromance style that we saw in Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Rock On!! is sadly missing in Fukrey. But good performances and a well-infused comedy in the script is what makes it worth watching.
Reviewed by Namrata Thakker
**** Very good