Film: Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand ho Gayi
Cast: Siddharth Gupta, Simran Kaur Mundi, Siddharth Bharadwaj
Director: Aman Sachdeva
Rating: * *
A quirky, distatsteful title alone does not a hit film make. Production houses like Balaji Motion pictures should have known that. These kind of putrefying titles might gain a bit of curiosity but without the content to match that expectation, there’s no chance of recompense.
‘Delhi Belly’ and ‘FUKREY’ managed to convey both wildness and a sense of unconventional fun. ‘Kuku Mathur..’ modeled on similar lines, doesn’t have either the humor or the resourceful treatment to make the cut. Meant to be a quirky romcom, this one has just heavy-duty tedium written all over it. The screenplay has precious few laughs and the treatment is just not accomplished enough to be riveting.
The premise is meant to be slice-of-life reality but the heavy-duty treatment makes it thoroughly contrived and lacking in reality bytes. Two friends in a middle class colony, New Delhi, Kuku Mathur (Siddharth Gupta)and Ronnie Gulati (Ashish Juneja) are as thick as they are usually portrayed to be. Kuku’s father is a government officer who wants his son to study hard and get a good job. The Gulatis, on the other hand are rich cloth merchants, a household name for sarees and dress material- and it doesn’t take the authoritative Grandfather Gulati much persuasion to surprise his grandson, Ronnie, with a shop of his own – Ronnie Blouse & Petticoat Matching Center. While Kuku is struggling to get into college, Ronnie is going full blast, being corny with the female customers. Kuku fails to get admission and has to make-do with a job as a spot boy in a film unit. His firlfriend falls for someone else and now even the Gulati family do not have much time for him. His best friend Ronnie is too busy reaping dividends from the shop. Kuku’s dream of owning a restaurant appears far-fetched until he meets Prabhakar Bhaiyya(Amit Sial), a jugadu from Kanpur who has solutions to every problem. Taking a ‘Fukrey’ sort-of turn, Kuku buys the scheme and becomes successful. But that’s not enough , obviously.
Predictable and unaccomplished, this film lacks intrigue or interest. The treatment is cliché ridden, the exposition and set-up just too uneventful to be absorbing and the development lacks a distinct sense of fun. There’s not much room for quirkiness or originality in the run of play. The actors are also quite stilted in their performances. Director Aman Sachdeva doesn’t provide either the deftness, light touch or the smarts to make the ensuing drama enlivening. The dialogues are also not delivered with any sense of playfulness or repartee. Oberall, there’s very little to keep you engaged here!