Fukrey Returns movie review: This Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma starrer is relentlessly juvenile

Fukrey Returns movie review: The situations are so tired and contrived there’s nothing that even such capable hands as Richa Chadha and Pankaj Tripathi can do, to retain our interest.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | Mumbai | Updated: December 9, 2017 8:35 am

Fukrey Returns movie cast: Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Priya Anand, Vishakha Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Ishteyak Khan
Fukrey Returns movie director: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba
Fukrey Returns movie rating: 1.5 stars

Fukrey, a 2013 film about a bunch of feckless Dilli fellows who fall afoul of a foul-mouthed female don, and some random layabouts, was an unexpected success.

To want to run off a sequel is understandable. What doesn’t make sense is to make this return such a slog. The actors are (more or less) the same. But the situations are so tired and contrived, and so relentlessly juvenile that there’s nothing that even such capable hands as Richa Chadha and Pankaj Tripathi can do, to retain our interest.

In the original, there was at least an attempt at creating a somewhat realistic Dilli ‘clony’, with its grinning local louts, and lover-boys making eyes at neighbourhood heartthrobs across cramped balconies, ‘nonk-jhonk’ happening on terraces, and guys going by the name of Choocha (Sharma) and Hunny, not, please note, Honey(Samrat), Lalli (Singh) and Zafar (Fazal), who speak the street lingo with conviction, and who try pulling off small cons while waiting for something better. And a lovely, lilting song, which was so much better than the movie: I don’t think you can hear “Ambarsariya” without wanting to join in.

The other thing that kept the Fukrey boys from sinking was that they were endearing despite being all too familiar. There was an innocence about them even when they were being annoying. We liked them, and wished them well, especially when they fell into the clutches of the fearsome Bholi Punjaban (Chaddha), who had a motor-mouth full of abuse, and schemes to rip off the ‘aam aadmi.’

This time around, Bholi has a lot more screen time. This gives Chadda loads of opportunities to slink around wearing leopard skin leotards and deep pink hoodies. Our four fellows are up against Bholi again, but this time she has troubles of her own in the shape of a greedy neta (Gupta), who, like a good Dilliwala, has his eyes on land and cash.

If not madly original, this sequel could have been some amount of fun, and you can see it in tiny bits when Chaddha and Tripathi are vamping it up. But it starts to pall right from the start. And the crassness begins to get tiresome: bare butts are bitten by snakes, a guy peeing is both seen and heard, and everyone roams around, for some inexplicable reason, in the Delhi zoo, without a clue as to what to they are doing, patting tiger cubs (yes, that’s right), and listening to the big cats snarl.

If they could, the tigers should have sued.


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  1. Shivendra Singh
    Dec 12, 2017 at 10:51 am
    The movie is definitely one of the best sequels ever made in india. It might be a little unintelligent but it is loads more fun than its first part.richa chaddha pulkit samrat nd ali fazal are definitely not upto the mark but it never shows. Pandit ji babu lal lalli and the changu mangu have done good work. Chu cha is the best performer. Though the girls in this movie are wasted. We obviously miss ambarsariya but mehbooba is also not bad. I specially liked the dialogues of the movie. Overall its 3.5 for sure and i disagree with HT and IE. A must must watch movie.
    1. Shekhar Swaraj
      Dec 11, 2017 at 11:57 am
      Critics and Indian express reviews par se bharosa tut gaya , it is very entertaining movie , I watched it yesterday. I don't know which state of brain you ppl goes to watch movie , or may be you are too depressed in your life and have gone to watch movie , or you are seeking intellectual skills in these type of movies... I think critics must learn to write reviews by considering few points of criticism , till date I have seen critics just criticises blindly , you are writing a review of a cricket match after watching a football match .... When you write a review next time of movie like this dont expect this type of movies to be like 1947 earth or water or mumbai meri jaan or am Bombay ... At last I respect you funny views .
      1. Gaurav Sharma
        Dec 10, 2017 at 9:05 pm
        Subhra - you have no clue on how to rate a movie.. Its awesome movie..Dont know why you have given biased view...
        1. Paryushan Jain
          Dec 10, 2017 at 2:02 am
          Movie is really amazing from start to end ... even penny worth... cast has done justice and have done better than expectation.. I really can’t agree to (indian express) review ... not even a percent... such reviews should be unbiased otherwise audience will not value such reviews in future.. rey Returns deserve 4 rating without doubt.. Guyz go and watch the movie.. you are the better judge... Hi 5 to chucha ... hats off...
          1. Mohit Anand
            Dec 9, 2017 at 11:52 pm
            The movie is amazing, paid media just wants people to watch bakwas Sallu or Shahrukh movies. This is really better than Part 1.
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