Film: Fukrey
Director: Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma, Richa Chadda, Pankaj Tripathi, Priya Anand, Vishaka Singh

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Story Line:  The ‘Delhi film’ has become somewhat of a trend in Bollywood. You have smart dialogue, actors speaking in a Punjabi accent and chase sequences in the by-lanes of old Delhi.

Mrighdeep Singh Lamba’s “Fukrey” falls in the same mould – the story of four young men who come up with a convoluted idea to get rich, so that three of them can get into the coolest college in town, knowing all too well they can’t get through on merit.

Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma play Hunny and Choocha, two friends who would rather spend hours plotting how to get their hands on leaked high-school exam papers than study for it. They find a willing accomplice in Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi) who promises to get them the papers, provided they cough up the money.

Hunny and Choocha also meet Zafar, a melancholy musician who broods over his stagnant music career and love life, and Lali, a spunky Sikh boy who also wants to join the college.

The foursome decide to cash in on Choocha’s absurd dreams, which Hunny interprets to come up with a lucky number that signifies that dream. They bet on that number to win money. The formula hits bulls-eye each time but the hitch is they don’t have the capital to invest in the scheme.

Zafar suggests they go to the ‘Bholi Punjaban’ (Richa Chaddha), a foul-mouthed, hard-as-nails female don, who rules her fiefdom with an iron hand and is always looking for an investment to ensure good returns. She agrees to invest in the absurd scheme, but when things don’t work out as planned, the four youngsters have to find a way out of the mess.

Music Review: The music album of director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba's "Fukrey" has six tracks. Simple and sweet, the tracks are high on fun and entertainment quotient.  Ithas its setbacks, but does not disappoint.

In the film's title track, "Fuk fuk fukrey", debutant singer Amjad Bagadwa's voice sounds a little offbeat initially, but it gradually blends in well.

Itreminds a bit of "Bhaag DK Bose" because of the fast beat, but it's the "fuk fuk fuk" part that grows on you almost instantly, even if the song does not. It is a young and vibrant number.

"Beda par", the next track, is interesting due to its effects. A catchy andgroovy number, it has the superhit singer Mika Singh behind the mike. Theecho given to his powerful voice is worth noticing. Tarannum's voice is also pleasing, but strangely, it doesn't blend too well in the song. It isn't aparty or dance number but perhaps listeners can enjoy it with equal enthusiasm. The peppy rhythm in this number makes a lasting impact.

The third song on the list is "Lag gayi lottery". Sung by Ram Sampath and Tarannum Malik, it's safe to call it a happy song, given the clapping soundsin the background. However, the lyrics seem to go out of rhythm in between and the listener starts losing interest. The song sadly ends before you realize it.

The versatile Kailash Kher has crooned the album's next song "Jugaad kar le". His voice is captivating as always. The lyrics give the song a funkytwist, and a surprise element in it is the use of the electronic guitar.

It is neither a fast number nor a slow one. It seems to be in a style of storytelling, but it doesn't tell any story. The lyrics are in Hinglish, a mix ofHindi and English. But this song too doesn't manage to hold you for long.

This one, in fact, is a fine example of a good song gone bad.

The penultimate track "Rabba" is beautifully sung by Clinton Cerejo. A fun track, it is a surprise number, which starts with simple, soothing music and just when you start to settle down with the peaceful melody, a lot of beats, music and peppiness are added. They lyrics are in sync with the music and definitely above average. The pauses and change in tune is very sensible.

The best has been reserved for the last. "Ambarsariya", sung by Sona Mohapatra, is a number suited for a 'gaon ki gori'. Not for once does the music overpower the singer's voice and it plays in complete harmony.

However, the guitar definitely pulls attention away from the singer, who has otherwise crooned the number impeccably.

Overall, the music album is plain and simple - sans mashups, encores and versions. Ram Sampath has done justice to the movie's theme by having youngand peppy numbers. While the songs individually might not be able to leave a lasting impression, the album is good.

Thumbs up: Lamba peppers his film with smart lines and extracts good performances out of almost all his cast members. Varun Sharma as Choocha, the bumbling, garrulous friend who panics at the slightest crisis is particularly noteworthy, as is Manjot Singh as Lali. Richa Chadda also revels in playing the female gangster and shines in a small role. Ram Sampath’s music also sets the right tone.

Thumbs down: Lamba loosens his grip on the proceedings at several places and the script does waver sometimes, wasting time in love stories and other sub plots the film could have done without.

Nevertheless, it all ties up in the end and works as a film that’s fun to watch. “Fukrey” doesn’t have any big stars or glamour, but it’s worth the effort.

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JPN/inextlive (with inputs from agencies)

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