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May 4, 2012

Big mistake

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 10:35 pm

May 04, 2012

Cast: Ranvir Shorey, Purab Kohli, Gul Panag, Neil Bhoopalam, Brijendra Kala

Director: Rajat Kapoor

There’s an interesting idea buried somewhere under those layers of flab in director Rajat Kapoor’s Fatso. But it’s a pity the film’s fantastical premise isn’t mined for enough laughs…

Naveen (Purab Kohli) has popped the question to his girlfriend Nandini (Gul Panag). Soon after, he’s killed in a road accident that was meant to claim the life of his obese friend Sudeep (Ranvir Shorey). Distraught on discovering that he was yanked out before his time, Naveen appeals to the emotions of a peon in the bureaucratic afterlife, and is sent back into the world, but in Sudeep’s body.

The film’s best bit is its portrait of the afterlife as a typical government office, packed with lazy clerks and dissatisfied ‘customers’. But director Rajat Kapoor races through these clever scenes, choosing instead to focus on the characters and the situation in the real world. Unwisely he gives too much screen-time to a tasteless subplot about a third friend (Neil Bhoopalam) who reveals his feelings for Nandini almost immediately after Naveen’s death. These portions only distract from the film’s core conflict and add to its running time.

It’s Ranvir Shorey alone who emerges the saving grace of Fatso, delivering a fine, vulnerable performance that never slips into caricature. Even when the film loses steam and the script lets him down, it’s only Shorey who holds your attention as the pudgy underdog hero.

In the end, Fatso never exploits its full potential, and opts for a far-too-convenient resolution. I’m going with two out of five for director Rajat Kapoor’s Fatso. Enjoyable only in bits.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

3 Comments »

  1. A bit unfair not to make any comment or opinion about the heroine.Gul could be bad, average, good or very good but some mention of her acting since this is a review:) I last saw her in turning 30 and she was really good I thought.I dont know her trust me but I found the review with no review hence this comment:)

    Comment by Lily Ahluwalia — May 5, 2012 @ 12:31 am

  2. Love Rajat Kapoor’s brand of cinema..probabaly the only true connoisseur in this cluttered World of Bollywood cinema I dont think he deserves to be put down as his films hardly even get a release like FATSO itself which didn’t get released for over a year

    Comment by Ishaan Shariff — May 5, 2012 @ 1:29 am

  3. Rajeev, at least comment on the fact hat the movie is a shameless copy of an Hollywood movie (done twice – last time as Heaven Can Wait). Also, apparently Jhuk Gaya Aasman was the precursor as well. For a movie critic it is disappointing that you do not point this out and hold the makers accountable for their shameless-ness.

    Comment by Hemu — May 8, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

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