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February 12, 2016 Friday     
Its really a sad state of our Hindi cinema that at one end films like FILMISTAAN have to wait for two long years to reach the audience in absence of any gutsy buyer or supporting back up. And on the other an amateurish product like FUGLY gets produced by a big star (Akshay) and also gets promoted through a special video song featuring both Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan. Now thinking about the two, either they both agreed to do this particular venture to oblige someone close or perhaps the big names don’t even have the time (or intentions) to check what kind of product they are promoting through such exceptional strategy at a decent cost.
Honestly, these were my thoughts while watching FUGLY just after its first hour and the film is a big disappointment both for the viewers as well as for the newcomers expecting a lot from the same. Taking huge inspirations from films like PAANCH, SHAITAAN, FUKREY and RANG DE BASANTI, its based on a script mixing them all and then coming up with a tasteless cocktail which neither offers any fun, thrills or entertainment in its two long hours full of many dumb scenes. The forced slang of the Delhi lingo remains bad throughout and the ridiculous story progression trying to incorporate everything ranging from friendship, eve-teasing, drugs, corrupt police, politics & channel reporters to patriotism, sacrifice and leadership simply falls flat, impressing none. Moreover the silly climax even makes you laugh looking at the desperation shown by the writers in a foolish hospital sequence.
Directed by Kabir Sadanand, FUGLY had everything required to make a decent film. But the team simply wasted this given opportunity despite having a justified budget and two big stars backing them from the front. The project does catch your attention with a fine cinematography but few mediocre songs, loud background score, weak performances and a pretty messy narrative in the second half completely ruin the sufficient resources provided.
To be fair with the fresh cast, though they still have a lot to learn but I would not like to blame them at all because its actually the writing, dialogues and stupid sequences in the film, which make them look more childish than they actually are. Out of the four, Mohit Marwah & Vijender Singh try too hard with their limited ability, Arif Lamba has got nothing to convey and only Kiara Advani gives you something to watch, but that too only because of her good looks and revealing outfits. So in the performance department you only have Jimmy Shergill saving the film with his convincing act of a corrupt Haryanvi Police officer and an old lady along with Vijender’s young politician uncle who thankfully provide the only amusing moments in this otherwise dull film called FUGLY.
Interestingly the strange and rather unusual title FUGLY (reportedly) means FIGHT with the UGLY or F@#$ the UGLY in the society around. However, the end product is not even close to any of the good intentions visible in this newly invented word and here is the description of its five highly absurd scenes, which would clearly give you an idea about the film and its avoidable content perfectly.
A. It opens with one of the boys setting himself to fire right in front of the India Gate and after getting burned badly is being taken to the hospital in a stretcher. Now just outside the hospital, as he is brought out of the ambulance, a whole group of reporters put their mike right in front of his face and start asking him questions like, “Why did you opt for this? What is the motive? How are you feeling now?”
And for me this was really a dumb start of a film, undoubtedly!
B. In one of its supposed to be funny scenes, Vijender Singh pulls down an American flag from one of the street poles and then wears it around his waist. On being asked that what he will do with it, he says, “I will make my boxers (nickers) from this.”
So if its your own country’s flag then it is disrespectful & a crime to treat it like this. But in case it belongs to another country then its fine to insult it in anyway and that too by a national sportsman having won international fame! Ironically they have used this particular scene in the film's promos too but I really didn’t expect this from Vijender frankly!
C. In one of its sequences talking about eve-teasing, the girl says, “Main Delhi Li Ladki Hoon! Dhakke Aur Ragarh Ka Fark Jaanti Hoon!” – And that was some great writing indeed!
D. A vague subplot in the film shows that anyone can arrange a hidden drug party in the outskirts of Delhi at a farmhouse and can earn 30-40 lakhs just like that in a single night as if it was that easy like organizing a wedding event by a professional planner in routine.
E. Lastly the most hilarious one comes in the climax, when a more than 60% burnt person lying on a hospital bed, suddenly jumps on to the Inspector and tries to strangle him with the oxygen pipes around, using his full strength like a normal youngster.
Now I have certainly heard about cinematic liberty but this was really like considering the viewers as a bunch of fools.
To sum up, if you still wish to watch FUGLY which actually remains UGLY, then watch it spending nothing when it gets aired on a TV channel soon and not before that.
Rating : 1 / 5 (Only for Jimmy Sheirgill and nothing else)
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14 June 2014 / bobbysing /
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Spoiler : The review reveals the basic story plot of the film.

A fantasy dealing with the hell or heaven has always been an interesting concept for a comedy movie. It has been a hit in the past in Bollywood with films like “Jhuk Gaya Aasman” (1968) & “Lok Parlok” (1979) which are still remembered for their engaging content. So knowing that FATSO was also based on this amusing plot featuring the talented Ranvir Shorey excited me a lot despite of having a low key release.
However, the film couldn’t provide a satisfactory experience as expected with a lack of detailing and entertainment factor missing in its narration. In short, it certainly can be termed as a decent attempt but hasn’t got anything great or exceptional for the viewers looking for a hilarious take on the ‘soul changing its body’ plot. The first half takes off a little late but still manages to keep you hooked with its funny depiction of the “Messy office in the sky above”. But the second half loses the grip and fails to maintain the pace with an abrupt kind of climax trying to end it on an artistic experimental note.
Director Rajat Kapoor makes this film on a borrowed theme in which a man is mistakenly taken by the messengers of death and then is sent back in a different body as a rectification act of the official error made. The plot first came in a 1941 Hollywood film HERE COMES MR. JORDAN. It was later remade twice as HEAVEN CAN WAIT in 1978 and DOWN TO EARTH in 2001. In Bollywood the film was adapted in Rajender Kumar, Saira Banu Hit JHUK GAYA AASMAN in 1967.

As projected FATSO, is not able to make the desired impact on the viewers since it keeps hanging between a comedy, drama or tragedy. To convert the comic plot into an artistic one, the director throws a love angle and some realistic scenes into the script to give it an out of the box, thought provoking kind of turn which falls flat. At one end he is interested in giving an enlightening feel to the project stressing upon the changes in his characters after a sudden death around them. But on the other end he intentionally uses a fat & funny kind of character to generate laughter or sympathy among the audience.
So where in the first half one feels like watching a comedy, in the second half it all turns into a thoughtful tragedy or drama. As a result the viewer is unable to draw any kind of conclusion from the proceedings shown on the screen in its short duration. In the performance section, Ranvir Shorey makes you believe in the role he is playing as Fatso. He is great along with Gul Panag giving a natural performance as the lady loved by one and all. Purab Kohli is fine in his short appearance but both Neil Bhoopalam and Gunjan Bakshi impress as their group friends. From the rest, Brijendra Kala excels in his role of the death messenger. Musically the film has nothing great to mention and has been shot as per the limited requirement of the subject avoiding the cliché scenes of showing the heaven filled with while clouds.

On a concluding note, FATSO remains a decent attempt made on an inspired/copied plot having one abrupt but a well written & brilliantly performed scene which happens to be the climax of the film too. Surprisingly this one particular scene rises above the whole film, with its highly realistic and thoughtfully written lines which would surely make you feel like as if they are all taken from your own personal life and likings.
So if you are game for watching a small (inspired) film made on experimental grounds with some hidden food for your thoughts then do watch FATSO especially for its final scene alone.
Rating : 2.5 / 5
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05 May 2012 / bobbysing /
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Following the latest trend of south remakes here is another action film, which is the Bollywood avatar of the Tamil Hit KAAKHA KAAKHA released years back in 2003. Looking at its promos, I did have my doubts about FORCE but after watching it I was seriously thinking that, What they really found in the Original, which forced them to remake it in Hindi?

Probably the makers had Salman’s success with his south action remakes in mind (WANTED, BODYGUARD) and then just searched for another action HIT to be remade as soon as possible to encase the ongoing trend. Now as Ajay was also doing his SINGHAM (again a remake), therefore the next best man with a well worked upon body, John Abraham was engaged to do all the similar action sequences like lifting a 120kg Bike and throwing it on the villains.
But the absurdity doesn’t end here. FORCE start off with a pure filmy heroic scene where John climbs up a huge mountain with his bare hands. The love angle is introduced exactly as seen nth times before on the silver screen. The writer and director try hard to build up an aura around a feeble villain which simply falls flat. The first half of the film offers only few stylish action scenes and a beautiful love interest of our hero in the name of a storyline. And just before the intermission the Bad Man gives a very silly reason to kill all the 4 cops in a team which you might not have heard before (may be that was something novel for the writers).
Post intermission, there is just hide and seek going on between the villain and the cops which is neither exciting nor enjoyable. The game goes on to a never ending stretch and you just want it to finish off at the earliest. It’s a pure masala film, I understand. But at least there has to be a story going along with all those actions sequences. Frankly, how many times we have seen the baddies going after the women in the cop’s family to get their revenge and the cops planning to save the ladies along with catching the culprits. The last hour of the film serves you this same rotten content once again and the climax further makes you search for the name of its director.
For the lovers of action genre, the execution is first rate and the Cinematography visually supports it real well. Where John is brilliant in these particular sequences, he still has got a lot to achieve in the acting department. Hence since I was not enjoying the movie at all, the performances of the rest of the cast were also not able to make any sort of impact to be mentioned here. However, I loved watching Genelia looking ravishing on screen with her great looks and heavy “Surma”. Though she doesn’t get anything great to do in the film, still I felt she looked better and prettier as compared to any of her previous releases. Musically too the film doesn’t impress and as usual the songs work as a hindrance in its proceedings.
The film literally sent me into a freezing zone the moment I realized that it has been directed by Nishikant Kamat, the man who earlier gave us two brilliant films, DOMBIVILI FAST (Marathi) and MUMBAI MERI JAAN (which also features in my Must See Movies List). Sadly, this one, doesn’t seem to be directed by the same person from any angle.
In short, FORCE was a complete washout for me both pre and post intermission. But the film made me think about the “Tweets” posted by many STARS in the previous night, when the movie was premiered in Mumbai. Strangely almost everyone shared great energetic Tweets congratulating both John and Genelia saying that it’s a Great Film, they loved watching it, its fresh or powerful and many more similar expressions praising the film strongly.
Now the film might get a good initial due to the John-Genelia pairing and it may also go on to earn some quick bucks, but If you ask me honestly then remembering all those tweets while watching the film I had only one thought in mind, that “Bollywood is desperately in need of some True Friends to tell the STARS the real thing about their films, as it is, without any sugar coating.”
Rating : 1.5 / 5
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30 September 2011 / bobbysing /
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