Movie Review: Fugly
Is this week’s release Fugly worth a watch? Over to City 1016’s Lokesh Dharmani
Director: Kabir Sadanand
Cast: Arif Lamba, Kiara Advani, Vijender Singh, Mohit Marwah, Jimmy Shergill
Ratings: 2.5 stars
I have full respect for the writer of Fugly, Rahul Handa. It must have been so difficult for him to write a film like this. Imagine watching three different movies all at the same time and getting “inspired” from each one of them would have been really difficult. Fugly borrows its young characters from Shaitaan, its illegal (how do I put this- errr- ‘high’-on-life-parties) from Fukrey and its rather long climax from Rang De Basanti.
Fugly is a story about four friends; Gaurav (Vijender-boxing-mein-ab-paisa-nahi-hain-yaar-Singh), Dev (Mohit-papa-ji-ne-Noida-Film-City-banayi-hain-Marwah) Devi (Kiara-Juhi-Chawla-ki-bhanji-Advani) and Aditya (Arif-damn-I-have-no-filmy-connections) Lamba.
We drink, we party, we ride bikes, we club, and we wear fancy clothes like tomorrow was the last day of Dubai fashion week. We are the YOUTH of the nation- like TOTS!!
And in this done to death ‘oh we are so young’ fun group we have stereotypical characters; a stud, a rich brat, a fattu and a girl for glamour’s sake!
The couple camps together, looks at the sky and (don’t laugh) try to find their dreams in the Milky Way because stars show us what our dreams are made of.
While they are busy ogling at the constellations, let me introduce you to Chautala, the bad ass cop, who takes bribes (haw), blackmails (tch tch tch so bad!) and has a personality transplant ever since his Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hain days.
The cop messes up with the not-so-awesome foursome and their lives change forever. They move from one sticky situation to another like it’s going out of fashion! The cop frames them in a murder case that they haven’t committed. Instead of consulting Gaurav’s politician family and putting the cop in place, they oblige and decide to throw a party with narcotics and cough up dough to pay the cop.
The party is busted and before they know, they are in deeper shit. The film ends with a climax that reeks of Rang De Basanti. How radio formed an integral part in the archetype, the revelation of the corrupt leaders, police and the system in Fugly takes place on big 85 inch LEDs. Even the lines are shamelessly lifted. So when Gaurav says he has freed his friend Aditya so that he doesn’t die a virgin, you think of Sukhi and his sad bachelor death in RDB.
The director, Kabir-popcorn-khao-past-ho-jao-Sadanand makes a fair attempt at bringing out the ugliness of our system. He raises a few important issues too like women safety but loses the plot soon. The unintelligent scenes are written like the writer either lost interest or was not paid enough. The actors don’t own their lines and the audience don’t feel their pain.
Of all four new actors, Vijender Singh is the most natural. Hang for a second. That’s for a reason. He plays a boxer in the movie. (WOW!) And he is from a Haryanvi family. (DAH!) Yeah basically he is playing himself in the movie, full home territory!!
Jimmy-it-was-my-clone-in-Mohabattein-I-promise-I-didn’t-do-it-Shergill is brilliant as always. His menacing eye, his gait, his language all evoke the nasty uncouth cop he plays in the film.
Fugly is a fair attempt to at least address an issue. It lacks the slomo shots of Shaitaan, the sincerity of Fukrey and the conviction of Rang De Basanti. It explains Fugly means fight against ugly, but I would rather take the meaning as described in the yuppy modern day dictionary these days!
INFO: FUGLY IS PLAYING AT CINEMAS INCLUDING GRAND CINEMAS IN DUBAI (WAFI, FESTIVAL CITY, IBN BATTUTA MALL AND AL GHURAIR CENTRE), ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI MALL), SHARJAH (MEGAMALL AND SAHARA CENTRE), AL AIN (ROTANA) AND RAS AL KHAIMAH (MANAR MALL) www.grandcinemas.com; VOX CINEMAS IN DUBAI (MIRDIF CITY CENTRE, DEIRA CITY CENTRE, MALL OF THE EMIRATES, MERCATO MALL), AJMAN (AJMAN CITY CENTRE), FUJAIRAH (FUJAIRAH CITY CENTRE) AND RAS AL KHAIMAH (AL HAMRA MALL), www.voxcinemas.com.