Cast: Kapil Sharma, Ishita Dutta, Monica Gill, Inaamulhaq, Aanjjan Srivastav, Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Sharma
Director: Rajiv Dhingra
Producer Kapil Sharma (K9 films)
Rating: 2/5 Stars
Kapil Sharma’s second outing, Firangi, gave us an interesting Sanjay Leela Bhansali feel through its trailer, and for what it is worth, the whole film gives you that until the very end. Nicely colored frames, spectacular aerial shots and what not. But, if that’s not going to be enough for you, we recommend that you give this film a miss for good.
Firangi, or more like, Amitabh Bachchan’s voice, gives us the context of the backdrop. It’s an era where India is still almost 30 years away from independence, and Gandhi has just recently issued a statement that the only way to drive the British out is to neither take up jobs in their offices nor use their products. But then, there is Manga (Kapil Sharma), a good for nothing who lands a job in a British office and gets fascinated by the various things they use, even soaps! But then, a major British development plan begins in works and it demands the whole of Manga’s village be destroyed. Now, saving the village also means that he gets to marry the love of his life (Ishita Dutta) and keep the family’s honor. How does he go about doing it? Well, don’t really spend time in a theatre to figure that out. It’s like how Baadshaho would have been made on a lower budget.
The film, like any other, has it’s charming moments, but they are so far away from each other that you lose hope. Many actors, including Inamulhaq and Rajesh Sharma shine through the film in such a way that you wonder: Why don’t they get any films as lead. Kapil, on the other hand, looks like he has put in some serious effort, but he keeps moving in an out of his character to the extent that you just don’t want to see him anymore. He just doesn’t fit the part, and that’s so odd because he kind of had a very humble beginning himself!
Talking about debutante Ishita Dutta, she does put up a good act in what little time she gets, but it was disheartening to see her character not having any kind of arc as such.
So, what’s really the conclusion here? Well, the film is beautiful in terms of locations, below average in terms of performances and way lower than that in terms of jokes, which is surprising because the lead character IS A COMEDIAN HIMSELF!
Give this film a miss and your wallet will thank you for it.
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