Kapil Sharma, Ishita Dutta, Monica Gill, Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Inaamulhaq, Jameel Khan, Aanjjan Srivastav
Kapil Sharma, Ishita Dutta, Monica Gill, Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Inaamulhaq, Jameel Khan, Aanjj
It is a blessing to have a ready wit and opportunity to goof around for an audience which is steadily making you very rich. I would go on to say; it is making you India’s richest comedian but in the same breathe, I would like to point out that it is quite another to take the money you have earned and go on a self-obsessed mission to prove yourself to be an actor, which you are definitely not!
Firangi is about Manga (Kapil Sharma), who is the village simpleton. He has been the no-good son for too long to be anything else. However, he does have a trick up his sleeve, he can ‘Kick’ a nagging backache out of your system. The English, hear about his prowess and Moga soon finds himself employed by the British. He doesn’t have a grand job, but he now has pride and little something to feel self assured enough to get into a relationship with Sargi (Ishita Dutta).
However, the two might not really be destined to live happily ever after any time soon because Sargi’s family doesn’t approve of Manga’s pride in serving the Britishers. While Manga’s heart is softening towards his superiors, over the time he can no longer ignore that their plans for his village aren't going to make his life or that of Sargi’s any more comfortable. He is in turmoil, except that Manga is enacted by Kapil Sharma so he cannot express the feelings at all.
What Manga does will be anyone’s guess, but the disappointment for Kapil Sharma’s fans would be that Manga refuses to take a humorous fun way through the film. There are a few jokes, but essentially, it seems like Sharma has tried his level best to get away from his Comedy-nights jaunt and appear like a talented actor instead.
The fact is that Kapil Sharma is a non-actor. Through the two and half hours of cinematic excursion, you see Kapil having exactly three expressions on his face. For a character that is supposed to deal with pride, love and a dilemma – a set of three expressions is sorely inadequate.
What’s worse is that everyone associated with the film is doing their utmost to look glad to be a part of it, but they are not steered into any direction whatsoever. For instance, there is Monica Gill (Pageant winner and actor) who is supposed to have returned from England, back to take her place as an Indian princess. For some reason, she speaks to the British officers in Hindi and her poor villagers have to hear her in crisp English?
Why didn’t director Dhingra look into it?
For that matter, why didn’t Dhingra look into the fact that there are too many loopholes in the climax of the film. There are characters whose existence has not been explained at all. While the cinematography by Navneet Misser is rustic with a hint of submission towards the circumstance, there is nothing that supplements his frame. While Ishita Dutta is being very coy and shy, her diction isn’t worked upon at all. Clearly a lot of money is spent in making this period film, but a lil hard work would have helped too.
For instance, the songs of the film needed more work. While some have managed to squeeze themselves on the music charts, there was nothing superlative in them. Clearly, no one has thought of playing by their strengths. A non-starrer (despite whatever Kapil Sharma might think) needs a lot of help from its crew and Firangi didn’t seem to have that. The premise of the film could have had a palpable outcome, but Firangi insists on trying to be a Lagaan (which is a blasphemy on the part of Dhingra and Sharma)!
If you really like Kapil Sharma, I recommend you sit through the reruns of comedy nights and pray they start the show again and that Kapil gets too busy to entertain filmy dreams.