The Ragini MMS 2 producer presents a newbie from the world of theater. But does he manage to leave an impact in his first film? Read review to find out…
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi marks the debut of actor Siddharth Gupta in Bollywood. Backed by czarina Ekta Kapoor this film also features Ashish Juneja, Simran Kaur Mundi, Amit Sial, Somesh Agarwal, Alok Chaturvedi, Pallavi Batra, Brijendra Kala. Here’s what we though about director Aman Sachdeva’s Kuku Mathur…
What’s it about:
Kuku (Siddharth Gupta) and Ronnie (Ashish Juneja) are best friends in a lively Delhi colony. Coming from different class of families and background, Kuku’s family comes from the service class while Ronnie’s grandfather gives him his own hosiery shop. Just when things seem to be going on track, a series of events lead Kuku into the depths of despair as his life takes a series of downhill turns. The film takes a lot of flavor from its setting, with the title referencing to the word ‘Jhand‘ which is commonly used up north.
It’s a feel good movie about growing up and values, without being preachy. The film has ample funny moments. Be it Kuku’s constant state of confusion, or the spoofs on various popular trends (the mata ka jagran scene is hilarious), writing is smart and witty. Performances are honest and casting is in sync with the films theme. Gupta manages to play Kuku with conviction and has a child like innocence about him which makes him stand out from the cast. Juneja too shows spark and has some of the best lines in the film. Thankfully the gags and sketches are not stretched beyond the necessity, and the despite the Punjabi setting there are no over the top loud jokes.
It takes a while to get absorbed in Kuku and Ronnie’s life. The pace suffers in the second half and the songs don’t do much to improve the films appeal. Simran Kaur Mundi doesn’t have much to do and her track with Kuku is half baked. Also for those who aren’t familiar with the concept of being a ‘Jhand‘, the movie doesn’t do much to explain the term. Too much north flavour do doesn’t have universal appeal.
What to do:
It’s a sweet film. Give it a chance.
Reviewed by Tushar Joshi
**** Very good