Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha, Priya Anand, Vishakha Singh, Pankaj Tripathi
Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
You remember the last time we met these Fukrey boys? They were a surprise for us! We had not tasted the delhi-madness in all its glory till these boys encountered Bholi Punjaban. The madness and its aftermath results in them team returning. We obviously went to get entertained and were not vastly disappointed. Of course, the whole novelty feeling was amiss but they over compensated with crazier gimmicks.
Fukrey Returns begins with a song explaining the story thus far, giving you a gist of the madness the foursome did four summers ago. But where their good days began in Fukrey – a year down the line, it turns to doom with Returns.
With the help of a politician, Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) is out of the jail well before her term and is hunting the boys to get them to make some money for her.
Through the year that Bholi was imprisoned, Hunny (Pulkit Samrat) Choocha (Varun Sharma), Lali (Manjot Singh) and Zafar (Ali Fazal) have tasted success selling Coocha’s bizarre gifts, they have not seen any reason to stop peddling their ‘dreams’. However, nothing they have earned thus far can come close to the kind of money Bholi owes her politician pal, which of course, she expects them to earn for her.
This time around Bholi means business because she is terribly broke and is not buying any of the stories that the boys are doling out. Their terrible fix gets them into slippery spots with more vicious goons. What happens is for you to watch, but there will be definitely enough to laugh about.
All credit for it goes not only to the dialogue writers Vipul Vig and Mrighdeep Lamba but the actors, cause frankly, they have worked well with the little they have been offered. The script space isn’t really vast, so the entire charm of the film revolves around the unique characters that they have all put together.
Of course, like the previous film Choocha really steals the show, his unique case of insanity makes his character click. He speaks in his peculiar manner but it doesn’t jar you, despite it being a repetition from the past. Though, he has Hunny for company through most of the film Pulkit doesn’t stand out. Samrat and Fazal might be the better lookers, but they really don’t have much to play with in this film. They do their parts well and even effectively, but you do not remember them as vividly as you remember some of the bizarre expressions of Varun Sharma, when you leave the theatre.
Of course, there are the greats like Richa Chadda and even, Pankaj Tripathi in the film who make it a hilarious journey for the audience. The chemistry between the actors has to be mentioned, their timing is impeccable, everything is seamless and insane.
All said, there needed to be a little more thought in the script and the characters, especially the new ones which jars, since all those who have seen Fukrey might know how every small character was significant and memorable in that film. Fukrey Returns fails there. It is nice and fun, but you won’t be recommending it as vehemently as you may have recommended Fukrey to your friends. The simple reason for it is the haphazardness in the second half. Too much happens, and too little clarity.
What works is getting Andre Menezes to capture each frame beautifully, but randomly getting Priya (Anand), Neetu (Vishakha Singh) and the rest of the crew dumped into the sequel was not wise. Mrigdeep ends up in a puddle towards the end but his dialogues get him back on his feet. A better writer than executer - director Mrigdeep Singh Lamba’s Fukrey Returns is a one time, but enjoyable, watch.