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Fukrey Returns  (2017)  (Hindi)
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The trouble with sequels is that they need to take the story forward or put the protagonists in a new setting. Fukrey, the original mayhem was fun because the protagonists were losers and yet they had a knack of getting out of trouble. This film alas has none of the original humor, the jokes seem forced and out of really bad whatsapp forwards, the characters have no redeeming qualities and despite a bigger budget the story seems forced.
1 out of 5 (Poor) Fukrey Returns NOWRUNNING REVIEW | Manisha Lakhe
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Fukrey had come out of nowhere in 2013 and hit every funny bone just right. Two lads who are just not good enough for girls or money or success. They team up with a young Sardar and a lad who has overstayed in college. But then one of them dreams up of numbers. They play the lottery and win big. They even manage to get the attention of a bad girl: Bholi Punjaban. She bets on them and there are drugs and more money and cops and mayhem that was fun.

In Fukrey Returns, Bholi makes a deal with a crooked politician and comes out of jail with vengeance on her mind. Why did she stay in jail for a whole year you wonder, but you let it be hoping she'd go straight for the jugular. But then vengeance gets diluted when they show dumb things like her henchmen are now traveling in an auto-rickshaw instead of a car.

Meanwhile we get to see more closeups of Choocha's (Varun Sharma) body hair and acne/heat rash filled back in the name of humor. Sucking snake venom off anyone's butt (they're defecating in the bushes) is funny maybe if you are a ten year old. And showing it twice is even more pathetic.

Pulkit Samrat, Ali Fazal and Manjot Singh had equal footage in the original film. Their stories were fun. Here, they seem to occupy the screen mostly having nothing to say or contribute to the story. The heroines (Priya Anand and Vishakha Singh) too are now cardboard cutouts and when they suddenly appear for the treasure hunt (how did they know there was to be a hunt at all? The Lads have not been in touch with them. And Choocha's crush on Bholi Punjaban is milked until death. Of the film that is.

Richa Chadda as Bholi Punjaban tries hard, but even she looks baffled at the goings on. The super talented Pankaj Tripathi who plays Panditji, fails too because he has to deliver really pathetic, unfunny lines. When will Bollywood understand that speaking broken English is not comedy. Or for that matter having African origin actors as henchmen and a dark skinned guy giving mouth to mouth (again to Choocha who supposedly does not brush his teeth for weeks) is more than insulting. It's racist.

All in all Fukrey Returns is like being offered water from Mantriji's pedicure bowl as a drink. It's disgusting and it stinks.
Critic: Manisha Lakhe
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