FUKREY RETURNS Full movie review

Excel Entertainment’s Fukrey Returns (UA) is a sequel to Fukrey and continues from where the first part had ended but after a gap of a year.

Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadha) manages to come out of jail with the help of minister Babulal’s (Rajiv Gupta) intervention. But, in return, Babulal asks for some crores of rupees. Since Bholi has to settle scores with the four Fukreys viz. Hunny (Pulkit Samrat), Choocha (Varun Sharma), Lali (Manjot Singh) and Zaffer (Ali Fazal), she contacts them forthwith and asks them to think up a scheme to amass the crores required. Pandit (Pankaj Tripathi), the security guard of the college, is also now with the Fukreys.

Together with Bholi, the Fukreys cook up a seemingly faultless plan to win money through betting, but before winning the bets by decoding Choocha’s dream and converting it into a lucky number, the Fukreys borrow money from the common men, promising them double their money. The game is that the money borrowed from the public would be used to lay bets, and the betting windfall would be shared between them all after paying off the public’s money with cent per cent interest as promised, and after paying the money which had been demanded by the minister from Bholi while arranging her release from jail. However, the plan goes phut when the lucky number is changed by minister Babulal (who runs the gambling business) as soon as he gets to know about the Fukreys who are on the verge of winning tons of money from his gambling business. The members of the public are angry as hell at the Fukreys for their inability to keep their word of doubling their money.

Bholi is livid and now threatens to take out organs from the bodies of the Fukreys so that she could sell them in the illegal market and pay off minister Babulal. But she refrains from doing so when she is convinced that Choocha gets visions which enable him to see what others can’t see. Bholi now gives the Fukreys one more chance to amass wealth for her.

As luck would have it, Choocha comes up with a story that there’s a treasure lying in a tunnel. Do they actually find the treasure? Is it gold or silver or ornaments?

Vipul Vig has penned an interesting story, with additional story by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba. It may not be a plausible story but that was the beauty of Fukrey and that is the beauty of Fukrey Returns too. The rather implausible story has been embellished with a comical screenplay, also penned by Vipul Vig, with additional inputs by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba. Although the screenplay does have a few dull moments, it has around eight or nine absolutely hilarious sequences which will bring the house down with laughter. The comedy in these sequences is outstanding and entertains the audience thoroughly. The comedy is accentuated a great deal by the remarkably funny dialogues written by Vipul Vig, with additional dialogues by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba. Some of the one-liners, especially those mouthed by Bholi (incorrect English), Choocha and Pandit are outstanding and will sometimes even evoke claps from the viewers. The climax tends to get a bit lengthy and less exciting but the comical dialogues save the day there too. The last scene of the climax, of course, comes as one which brings a huge smile on the faces of the viewers.

Pulkit Samrat looks very handsome and acts well. His dances are graceful. Varun Sharma is one of the three pillars among actors. His performance is mind-blowing and his expressions, especially, are to die for! Richa Chadha is another pillar because of the funny dialogues she gets to mouth and also because of the confidence with which she speaks in incorrect English! She is truly entertaining. Manjot Singh is very cute and endearing as Lali and delivers a fine performance. Ali Fazal is good as Zaffer; he gets limited scope. Pankaj Tripathi is the third pillar among actors and it would not be an exaggeration to say that he evokes laughter with almost every dialogue and every expression of his. His sense of comic timing is par excellence. Priya Anand is okay as Priya. Vishakha Singh is earnest as Neetu. Both, Priya Anand and Vishakha Singh, have very little scope to perform. Rajiv Gupta lends tremendous support as minister Babulal. Shrikant Verma makes his presence felt (as Babulal’s P.A.). Majinder Singh P. Kar­eer has his moments as Lali’s father, Billa. Neelu Kohli (as Choocha’s mother) is her usual entertaining self. Alkesh Tiwari (as Choocha’s father), Mahesh Gahlot (as Priya’s father), Ogunro Gbolabo Lucas (as Bobby), Michael Obidike (as Eddie), Sada­ nand Patil (as Changu), Nalneesh (as Mangu), Ishteyak Khan (as Tidda), Pallavi Batra (as the hotel receptionist) and the others provide the necessary support.

Mrighdeep Singh Lamba’s direction is very good. His narrative style is easy-going and keeps the audience engag­ed, engrossed and entertained throughout. Music (Prem & Hardeep, Shree D & Ishq Bector, Sumeet Bellary, Gulraj Singh, Jasleen Royal, Shaarib & Toshi) is good but not hit. The ‘Fukrey’ song (Gulraj Singh) is the best num­ber but the others could’ve been more appealing. Lyrics (Kumaar, Shree D, Satya Khare, Raftaar, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, Vipul Vig and Aditya Sharma) are in keeping with the film’s mood. Song picturisations (by Bosco-Caesar and Ganesh Acharya) are in­teresting. Sameeruddin’s background music is very effective. Andre Mene­zes’ cinematography is nice. Action scenes and stunts (by Manohar Verma) are suitably thrilling and funny, as required. Mayur Sharma’s production designing is appropriate. Dev Rao Jadhav’s editing is sharp and crisp.

On the whole, Fukrey Returns is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable comedy and it will prove to be a hit at the box-office.

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