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Boys Are Still Boys

Saturday, December 09, 2017
By Deepa Gahlot

Fukrey Returns
Mrigdeep Singh Lamba
Cast: Richa Chaddha, Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Pankaj Tripathi and others
Rating: *

The 2013 film Fukrey was mildly amusing and certainly not deserving of a sequel. Anyway, whether we want it or not, Fukrey Returns has released and it is Mrigdeep Singh Lamba who brings the four Dilli duffers back.

The review of the earlier film stated, “Over a period of time, Hollywood has perfected the formula and identified its target audience of young men who are most likely to flock to a film with slangy risque lines, a hint or promise of sex, a dash of bravado, stupid risks that pay off, and all turning out well in the end. The Hangover got it right - not dark enough to be disturbing, vulgar enough to make men snigger, but not put off accompanying females. The same producers made Delhi Belly, an upmarket version of Fukrey. Good-for-nothing young buddies, brush with crime, controlled mayhem, and throwaway funny lines that sound way better with a Delhi accent. However, keeping in mind Indian censors, not too much vulgarity. This applies to Part 2 as well.

Five years later, the four – Choocha (Varun Sharma), Hunny (Pulkit Samrat), Lali (Manjot Singh) and Zafar (Ali Fazal) seem to be in college still, and as good-for-nothing as before. But, Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) wrangles her way out of jail by bribing a minister named Babulal (Rajiv Gupta), collects her two black sidekicks and starts a business in organ trading. Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi) is around like a loose thread, perhaps because the actor now has a fan following; his comic timing is unbeatable.

The premonitions that Choocha used to get in the last film are contrived here and lead to some very convoluted going-on to do with gambling and treasures in caves. Men get bitten on their bottoms by snakes and Choocha dreams of Bholi Punjaban as a naagin. There are the many cringe-worthy gags and a dash of homophobia. Two of the guys have girlfriends who have roles smaller than a tiger cub that has a starring part. Don’t ask how or why!

Off-screen, it is interesting to note that of the four ‘fukras’, only Ali Fazal has made something of his career, which is perhaps the reason why he looks so uninterested in this film. And who can blame him?

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