Onto the next release of the weekend and I finished watching the new Hindi film Fukrey 3 which is the third part in the Fukrey franchise. It was almost a decade ago that we were privy to a clever little comedy from Excel Entertainment titled Fukrey, which was home grown and had all the elements of a measured comic caper. But more importantly, it was the brilliantly penned characters tgat had struck a chord with the viewers. Choocha, for instance, has remained one of the iconic characters who would always put a smile on your face with his goofiness and adorable sense of humour. Almost 4 years after Fukrey, the team returned with Fukrey Returns and while that installment did take the story ahead, it lacked the magic of the first part. But it was the Fukrey gang who held fort, not only to save an inconsistent script but to make it enjoyable and entertaining. With Fukrey 3, I did not expect mountains to be moved but I went in with an expectation to laugh and have a good time. So then does Fukrey 3 maintain the legacy of the original while being entertaining along the way, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Fukrey 3 follows the reunion of the fukrey gang and kicks off from the same point where Fukrey Returns had ended. The conflict here is our dear old Choocha being pitted against Bholi Punjaban in the arena of politics and local elections. Who emerges the winner? The story here retains the essence of the original with a wacky sense of humour that does leave you in splits. But the magic of the original is still not breached. Yet, this isn’t a bad film in anyway, in fact the story is entertaining and enjoyable for most parts of the film. The screenplay standing at a 150 minutes did seem slightly long with the concoction of gags on display thus resulting in a bit if a lag after the halfway mark. Atleast 20 minutes could have been chopped off from the overall runtime for a crisper edit. But the writing here has several quirky moments to make you chuckle throughout the duration of the film.
The drama does a quick roundup of the story by showcasing a quick recap through the rolling titles at the beginning to keep you up to date with the proceedings. Soon, you are re-introduced to the protagonists and where they find themselves currently in life. The key aspect of the screenplay is introduced in the form of a conflict by pitting two protagonists Choocha and Bholi Punjaban against each other in the elections to be held. The writers do well in creating situations which are genuinely funny while staying true to the character traits of all the principal protagonists.
The proceedings are entertaining and enjoyable particularly in the first hour when the action shifts to South Africa. And this was a good creative decision made because the change of setting did bring a different dynamic to the drama which was previously set in the dusty bylanes of Delhi. The antics of the gang also evolves with the change of the setting with some quirky bouts of humour to accompany the narrative thus wherein I found myself thoroughly engrossed while laughing hysterically. For instance, the sequence in the aircraft was so well executed with respect to the humour. Even the chain of events at the mine was done with perfection. There is a twist of fate leading up to the interval block involving a fresh new ‘Choomatkar'(a miracle involving Choocha and Hunny) that made for a hilarious sequence of events wherein I was laughing with a bout of disgust(you’ll know exactly why). So far so good!
The issue in the screenplay lies in the major chunk of the drama post the halfway mark with the events losing a bit of its zing. The humour also dries up to a point where the comedy becomes slightly mechanical with a lot of effort on show. I felt that this was the period wherein the editing could have been sharper by reducing the lag in the screenplay. Certain sequences either could have been shortened or completely edited out for a crisper watch. Thankfully the slide is controlled in the events leading up to the final act wherein the writers almost switch the drama into a satire by addressing a valid issue. The goofiness of the final act does bring back the laughter that went missing for most parts of the second hour leading to a hilarious sequence of events. Even the mid credit scene evokes a sense of nostalgia with the supposed return of one character which may pave way for its next installment. So overall, the screenplay is entertaining even with its flaws and makes for an enjoyable watch.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are filled with quirky one-liners that are sharp and represent the traits of the characters wonderfully well. The music is good and blends well with the drama. The BGM definitely captures the tone of the drama superbly. The cinematography also captures some quirky frames to enhance the humour quotient of the film. Director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba does a good job by creating situations that evoke laughter. He did lose his plot slightly in the second hour but quickly recovers in a buildup to the final act. Overall, the direction is good.
The performances are fabulous here. Natasha Kamwenje as Mombasa has her moments to shine. The veterans Manurushi Chadha as Shinda and Geeta Agrawal as Prakash Kaur are hilarious and their sequences in South Africa had me laughing hysterically. Sani Ahmed as Bobby and Michael Havens as Eddy are fabulous to watch as well. Amit Dhawan as Dhingra is menacing and essays the role of the perfect nemesis to the protagonists. I did wish though that he had a slightly meatier role. Richa Chadha as Bholi Punjaban is unabashed and totally in her elements and she does a wonderful job here.
Manjot Singh as Laali is a treat to watch and he is the glue of the group in many ways. Pankaj Tripathi as Pandit nails the English one-liners presented to him in such a subtle manner that I had a ball witnessing him onscreen. Pulkit Samrat as Hunny is well restrained and has a good presence onscreen in a good performance overall. But it is Varun Sharma as Choocha who is the soul of the drama. His innocence is balanced with goofiness and it results in a memorable act wherein his comic timing is pitch perfect. Choocha is an emotion now and we all are his followers.
Despite its flaws, Fukrey 3 is a crazy comic caper with enjoyable moments aplenty that results in a good one-time watch. Available in a theatre near you.