So, it took the team 4 years to come up with the sequel to the 2013 Fukrey. So with the same writer/ director / producer combo, the makers have come up to cash in on the franchisee phenomena.
Alas, they fail and how.
Lets put it this way, the best parts of the movie, are already presented in the trailer. So not much of entertainment value here.
Pulkit Samrat doesn’t have the flavour now that he had in the original, with the audiences, hence all his actions seem forced this time around. Manjot Singh a.k.a. Lalli is decent with a few scenes for him to rise in this silly and juvenile script.
Ali Fazal seems disinterested and absent for most of the time, which shows glaringly. Maybe his international project clashed with the sched or he was just plain too busy, but as good as a no show here.
That brings us to Varun Sharma. He does carry the film majorly on his shoulders and does a fairly good job. In some scenes he really does shine and all of them are his interactions with Richa Chadda, Rajiv Gupta and Pankaj Tripathi. For the rest of the film, his manchild character grates on your nerves.
Richa Chadda is decent in her part, but again somehow is let down majorly by very poor writing.
Rajiv Gupta is good as the MLA Babulal and does add some character to the film.
The film, if we can say so, belongs to Pankaj Tripathi. One of the best decisions the makers took was to add his character of Panditji to the main gang and boy does he deliver. He, his reactions to his surroundings and especially his expression to Choocha in the zoo are the only reason why one should waste their 140 minutes and watch this movie. Too good a performance by a brilliant actor.
The film is very poorly edited, making one wonder when will the interval come, and its only an hour plus into the movie. It takes its own sweet time to build up its plot, which is a non starter in its own right. The direction too this time seems lackadaisical and coupled with basic, school level writing, the film is not even a patch in the name of comedy. The only sensible thing being Pankaj Tripathi.
Avoid the film, even if you have nothing to do this weekend, the next two weekends are going to be busy.
Unless you want to see Pankaj Tripathi in yet another brilliant performance.
Does it have The Y Factor : NO
RATING : 1/5 ONLY FOR TRIPATHI