Fukrey Returns is one of those rare films that is very hard to review as it is so polarizing. While I laughed my guts out in many scenes, there were also patches were boredom set in. Add to that a story that has so many angles and subplots that it becomes hard to justify them all and you have a film that is hard to hate and difficult to love. This is a film that exists only because of the success of its predecessor and that shows in the way the film is written and directed. However what cannot be ignored is the rib-tickling situational comedy and the utterly hilarious acts of Varun Sharma and Pankaj Tripathi.

Fukrey Returns starts one year after the events of the first film. Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) barters a deal of 10 crores with a minister to get her out of jail. Once out, she goes all out against Hunny (Pulkit), Choocha (Varun), Lali (Manjot) and Zafar (Ali Fazal) to conjure up a lottery number from Choocha’s dream and also involve investments from half of Delhi so that the winnings are substantial to make up for the 10 crore that Bholi has to pay the minister. However, things don’t go according to plan.

Fukrey Returns has all the elements that made its predecessor so popular. If you didn’t like the first installment, chances are you will hate this one. It must also be noted that this film doesn’t go bigger and better with its comedy or the story for that matter. I found it a tad bit underwhelming than the first one but it still had enough to keep me interested and laughing. The biggest credit for that has to be given to the performances. Varun Sharma’s act is so loveable and endearing that it becomes impossible to ignore his charisma. At many junctures, it felt as if the whole film was anchoring on his comedy.

There are some hilarious situations that are envisioned just to let the man show his flair and he doesn’t disappoint. The first scene where he is dreaming being with Bholi, the scene where he is rescued from the river and given mouth-to-mouth respiration by a rag picker, his every interaction with Pankaj Tripathi’s character and the final scene where he tells Pankaj Tripathi the story of his birth as narrated to him by his father are all there just to en-cash on the charm of Varun’s essay.

Pankaj Tripathi is my next favorite in terms of performances. What I liked the most about his essay was the amount of surprise he was able to convey through his expressions at the stupidity of Choocha. His expressions make Choocha’s act funnier. Pulkit Samrat as Hunny is great and so is Manjot Singh as Lali. I felt that they could have given Manjot a little more screen time. Richa Chadda is terrific in her act. She was superb in the first installment and here she just carries forward her act from where she left off in the first installment.

Fukrey Returns will appeal only to those who find the acts of the Furkeys endearing. There is nothing more in the film to demand your attention or view for that matter. There are better comedies out there too but the comedy here works as it rides on the shoulders of the men involved. The film also makes no sense whatsoever. Hence watch this one only if you liked the first film and are not expecting depth and drama from a film that aims at being nothing more than some mindless fun.

Rating : 2.5/5 (2.5 out of 5 Stars)


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