Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Kay Kay Menon, Pankaj Tripathi, Jackie Shroff, Shriya Saran
Director: Karan Bhutani
Rating: 2/5 Stars
The trailer of Karan Bhutani’s now-in-theatres directorial venture, Phamous, promised us an intriguing and twisted tale of a handful of trigger-happy individuals that reside in the region of Chambal, which is endlessly subjected to instances of violence and crime. Sure, it delivered on that, but we were unhappy, to say the least, about the kind of story the makers chose to tell. The screenplay is botchy and the overall takeaway from the film is very less and its delivery is not done in the best of ways at all.
But, in spite of the shortcomings that this film has, it has a handful of gems that made this film watchable. Kay Kay Menon, who we saw last in Vodka Diaries, is, as usual, in his top form. He has understood the space that his character must be in and has added his patented swagger and wittiness to it, which was a cherry on the top for us. Pankaj Tripathi could clearly is seen having a blast with his character and makes up for the lack of substance in the character that has been given to him. Jimmy Sheirgill, as usual, is earnest, sincere and let’s not forget, a total frame-stealer. If we are talking about Phamous, we cannot single out Jackie Shroff, who never fails to be a force to reckon with!
Long story short, the film does not live up to the promise it came with in terms of the depth in its story and characters, but if you’re someone who’d want to watch Phamous for its leading ensemble and their one-of-a-kind antics, you’re going to be in for a treat!
But, if you’re looking for a compelling story, there are other options in the theatres to satisfy that need of yours.
Had it not been for the actors involved, Phamous would have rather been an In-Phamous affair!
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