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June 14, 2013

Shortcut Romeos

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 11:45 pm

June 14, 2013

Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadda, Pankaj Tripathi

Director: Mrighdeep Singh Lamba

Four slackers in Delhi seeking fast cash make a deal with a ruthless don. But when things go wrong, as they inevitably do, they must pay the price for it. That familiar premise gets a fresh coat of paint in Fukrey, with co-writer and director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba putting a new spin on some old clichés. Yet, while individual scenes inspire laughs, the film doesn’t quite fly because there are too many gags and not enough plot.

Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) and Choocha (Varun Sharma) badly want to get into college so they can ditch classes and ogle girls. Lali (Manjot Singh) is fed up of working at his father’s eatery, desperate to “migrate” from his correspondence course to a campus. Meanwhile, brooding musician Zafar (Ali Fazal) sports a guitar and a permanently sad face, with neither aspirations nor inspiration in sight.

They’re interesting protagonists, but the makers invest too heavily in them and not enough in the story, taking almost an hour before introducing the film’s most delicious character, a tough-talking crime boss in high heels, Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda), who bankrolls the boys’ harebrained plan to crack an underground lottery.

Unlike the far superior Delhi Belly, the writing in Fukrey is never consistent. There are laughs to be had in the verbal sparring between Hunny and Choocha, and a running joke involving Lali being robbed each time he parks outside a gurdwara is sheer genius. Although many scenes work on the strength of sharp dialogue and spot-on performances, they don’t always fit cohesively in the film’s narrative thread. The solemn interludes with Zafar stick out like a sore thumb, and the anti-drug message in the end is just pat. Similarly, Hunny’s romantic track with a simple girl from the neighborhood feels gratuitous at best.

A tighter script and more screen time for the excellent Pankaj Tripathi, as enterprising campus security guard Panditji, might have helped turn this moderately entertaining film into a rollicking good caper. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Awesome movie, A must watch!
    Good direction, Great work by all the actors and Richa chadda did well in bholi punjaban role.
    Deserve atleast 3*.

    Comment by Amit Yadav — June 15, 2013 @ 11:30 am

  2. What’s the point of writing a review for a movie and comparing it to other movie? Most of the people won’t get it since some really hillarious parts are in punjabi. “jiddi tui paati, uda na gulati”, feel sorry for people whose last name is gulati.
    Enjoyed this one, what a surprise.

    Comment by steel of man — June 15, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

  3. IMHO, fukrey is far superior movie than delhi belly…it captures the nuances and the lingo of Delhi so well (OLLO is the only other movie which probably does better)..ya the script losses pace in the second half but overall a must-watch …i would give at-least 3.5 stars

    Comment by lostinwild — June 16, 2013 @ 1:03 am

  4. Please do not waste your money.Extremely painful and harmful movie.Strictly not reccomended.This is worst than RA 1 and Matroo ki bijli ka man dola.Go with a asprin if somebody would be paying you to watch this movie.Make sure you get a good sum of money to watch this movie.

    Comment by jagdish modi — June 16, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

  5. dude this movie is laugh ride…go for it…..you will laugh like mad…..100 of double meaning jokes and it is full of comedy and as they say in their tag line “fukrey going cheap in theaters 14th june” ….but trust me delhi people and north indians will love this movie…..i give 4 out 5 for comedy …..


    Comment by ravi daga — June 16, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

  6. For the first time in last 4 years (Since I am reading reviews on this website) I DON’T AGREE, it was awesome fun. PERIOD. and this movie deserve at least 4 or 3 and a half for sure.

    Comment by eddie — June 16, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  7. Honey & Chucha entertain us while Bholi P is the show-stopper. Zafar was not required. The plot is too unconvincing but the funny conversations save the movie.

    Comment by Shankz — June 17, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

  8. Fukrey: Not Up to Fukrapanti
    Fukrey is the story of four boys who gets into trap when they put money (which they borrowed from a mafia) to a gamble and failed to win it.
    Plot of the movie is somewhat new, but it’s not easy for director Mrighdeep to put it on the screen.
    Plot goes like, Choocha (Varun Sharma) and Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) are best buddies and Choocha is habitual of dreaming while Hunny decodes his dream to figure out a number, which they use to bet in lottery, which works for them as they always win.
    Two more characters, Lalli (Monjot Singh) and Zafar (Ali Fazal). Lalli played an innocent sweet boy, who works in his father halwai shop and studies through correspondence. He never makes sense of both, his father and accountancy as he is very eager to migrate to his girlfriend’s college.
    Last one Zafar (Ali Fazal) is a struggling musician with good voice and face, who prefers music over love and sacrifices his relation for music. He now stays at college campus as his girlfriend teaches here.
    First part starts off well but as nothing very interesting takes place movie losses it pace.
    Choocha and Hunny visits different part of Delhi, bunk classes, earn money by playing lottery.
    Lalli busy with his girlfriend and continuously visits Guruduwar to remind good about his migration issue, while Zafar busy giving auditions and composing music.
    Nothing much on comic front other than few gags, which will disappoint you as comedy is expected from comic movie.
    Towards the end movie regains at the entry of Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi) who told Choocha, Hunny that he will leak papers for them and ask Laali arrange money for seat in management quota. Suddenly Zafar joins them as he is in dire need of money for the treatment of his father who suffered major paralysis attack.
    No one having it and everyone wants money decided to play a gamble by putting some ones money in lottery at which Hunny and Choocha are expert as they always win.
    When Zafar insists Panditji introduced them to Bholi Punjabaan (Richa Chada) who deals with everything illegal, from pimping and drug-peddling.
    Major Twist they lose everything they put in betting courtesy Choocha who lied to everyone about a dream which he never dream.
    Second Part: much improved on comedy front, best one being jagrata night. And everyone is in trap of refunding the borrowed money and Bholi indulge them to everything for her money. Now in order to return money they again decided to play another gamble by putting their own money much thanks to Neetu (Zafar’s love interest and Lalli’s too) to lottery, which they eventually won. Want to take revenge they decided to expose Bholi and in collaboration with police they succeed.
    Fukra is generally used for someone who talks big but doesn’t do that much, but there is nothing like that in the movie as no one is having such habits apart from Hunny who is smartest of the all.
    From the start cast Varun Sharma and Monjot Singh are really impressive and they got the best dialogues. There could have been more for Pulkit and Ali Fazal (who is quite impressive in emotional scene), Pulkit being the lead actor failed to show it as other over took him.
    Two very well actors Rich Chada and Pankaj Tripathi (although very limited role for him) justified to the fullest. Nothing much for female leads and more importantly story is really scattered.
    Screenplay is ok as you will not see beauty of old Delhi and much could have been done to include songs and dance to explore the potentials of young lead.

    Comment by Harpreet Singh — June 20, 2013 @ 7:28 am

  9. Fukrey is a laugh ride and made me feel to watch it again immediately after coming out of theater. So, I really don’t agree with 2.5 rating for it and I also reject the statement that Delhi Belly was far more superior. I feel Fukrey is so much better that there is no scope for Delhi Belly to be compared with it.

    Comment by Manish — July 5, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

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