Movie: F.A.L.T.U

Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Pooja Gupta, Riteish Deshmukh, Angad Bedi, Chandan Roy Sanyal

Director: Remo D’Souza’s

Jagran rating Average

Story line: Debutant director Remo D’Souza’s F.A.L.T.U is inspired by Steve Pink's 2006 comedy ‘Accepted’ about a slacker who does not get admition into any college and so he creates his own.

Jackky Bhagnani plays ‘Ritesh’in the movie, the party boy without a future. When Ritesh and his equally low-achiever friends, Nanj (Angad Bedi) and Puja(Pooja Gupta) are not accepted into any college, they create the ‘Fakirchand and Lakirchand Trust University’ or F.A.L.T.U where students  who are rejected by every college  get admitted.

The first half of F.A.L.T.U is spent in ‘faltu’ or foolish activities – Arshad Warsi playing a character named Google who donates an unused building to the kids for their fake college. But maybe, Remo forgot to explain where does ‘Google’ come from and what is his background? 

This movie tries to make mock at the educational system and gives the message that students should not be forced to study as per their parent’s whims; instead they should be given the freedom to choose what they wish to do.

Thumbs up: Remo knows how to connect audiences with characters. Movie starts with a frivolous note and after a after a brief period when it starts losing its grip over the audience, the latter starts to feel sympathetic for the characters due to building of a strong connection between them and ‘Ritesh’, ‘Nanj’ and ‘Pooja’ of the film.

This is pretty much an accomplishment for Remo.

As the movie is the first directorial venture of Remo D’Souza, no wonder the audiences will be entertained to watch the mind boggling dance moves in the movie.

It is a comedy at its best, laughing at the current educational system of the country.

Jackky Bhagnani’s re-launch is pretty much successful. He shows confidence, and portrays the role of a rebellious youth vividly. His body-language shows no trace of uneasiness.

Angad Bedi is a discovery, whereas Chandan Roy Sanyal arouses humour as the geek-gone-wild. Puja Gupta is not noticeable.  

Most of FALTU is pleasing. A special thumps-up to the foot-tapping music of Sachin- Jigar which is really cool specially “Char baj gaye”.

Most importantly you will be floated to the nostalgia of your college days when you watch this movie.
The dialogues do not sound contrived, and sensibly enough have been kept in measure. This helps the film in not getting too preachy and yet be effective.

Thumbs down:  The film's weakness reflects in its rushed characterization like Arshad Warsi's Google's origin is unexplained. Riteish's Baajirao, is initially introduced as a person incapable of responsibility, however by the time the movie ends, he comes across as a valuable and responsible person.

Boman Irani however, as school principal is under-utilized but evokes occasional giggles.
Sometimes the overdramatic background score reduces the seriousness of the film, and portrays it as a frivolous musical comedy.

On the whole FALTU is a thoroughly enjoyable movie from the beginning. All you can wish that the story would have been nourished with fine-tunes and turns.

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JPN/Bureau