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April 16, 2014 Wednesday     

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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An inspired or copied film doesn’t provide me enough excitement to write about it in details. And F.A.L.T.U. remains one of those unofficial inspired movies which fearlessly take the main idea from another director’s work and then serves it with some extra toppings to the viewer as an original creation. But in this case, even the copy is not the first as there was another movie released in year 2010 which was also based on the same idea taken from the English flick “Accepted” (2006). Yes, “Accepted” too is said to be made around a similar idea used in few other movies such as “Camp Nowhere” (1994). But still this fact cannot be used as an excuse by the makers of FALTU for their copying act.

Some students who are not able to get admission in any reputed college due to their low percentage think of opening a fake university online, just to show to their parents that they have been accepted there. But their idea turns out to be big problem when the university becomes famous on the net and more students apply to it unknowingly. Last year we had a small budget movie called ADMISSION OPEN which was also based on this novel original thought of Steve Pink’s “Accepted”. And this year we have a comparatively decent budget movie made on the same topic from the house of Vashu Bhagnani. In the original the fake university is called “SHIT” which stands for South Harmon Institute of Technology and in this present copy version it is called “FALTU”which stands for Fakirchand and Lakirchand Trust University.
As a movie experience, F.A.L.T.U. gives you the same result as per its title. Its weak, its amateurish and has too many songs which irritate. Thought some of the tracks are good but coming one after another just like that, make the viewer restless. The script takes too many liberties in its execution of an interesting idea and as a result the proceedings on the screen look like childish and unbearable. Like I couldn’t understand where from all that money used to come for paying the huge bills of the University? The writers also try to incorporate the idea of “Do what you want to do in your Life” in the film on the lines of “3 Idiots”, but in the process fail completely. At certain points, it even gives you an impression of a film made in a hurry, which is surprising since it features the producer’s son (Vashu Bhagnani) too in the lead.  
The director Remo D’Souza directs too simply with only the climax giving you something to rave about. Particularly the dance sequence which is his forte stands out and impresses. But again we have already witnessed some similar excellent performances in the director’s TV show “Dance India Dance” too. In the acting department also, I didn’t find anyone doing something great in the film out of the routine. And I really felt sad seeing Arshad Warsi, Ritesh Deshmukh and Boman Irani being wasted in such a way.  
However, despite of all these drawbacks I would like to support one good idea put forward by its writers which surely deserves an applause. The thought is that if all the colleges give admissions only to the students securing above 70% then why the passing percentage is kept at 33%. In this scenario what all those majority students are supposed to do, who manage to secure only marks in between 33 and 70 percent. So to avoid all this rejection and confusion why don’t keep the passing percentage only at 70% which will further motivate the students to study more harder.
The idea is great, sounds logical and gets my full support too. But unfortunately I cannot recommend you to see the movie only due to this noble thought presented. So for this week, just plan to do something better than this FALTU.

Rating : No Rating as its all Unofficially Inspired.

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06 April 2011 / bobbysing /
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