Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Review
Probably the best thing about Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi is one small scene when this quirky God-man (Bijendra Kala), who provides 'hot and fresh' blessings, tells Kuku that he just repackages people's lost faith in a new form and serves it back to his devotees. For Kuku, his moment of 'enlightenment', usually defined as coming of age, comes through strangest of signals - a flicker of the light during the voltage fluctuations.
Underlying texture of the story and very fresh characterization, set in sub-urban Delhi, are highlights of KMKJHG. It comes with its moral lessons but that's not on the face.
Kuku and Ronnie have grown up together and are best of pals. They manage to pass their 12th exams and now are supposed to decide on the future. For Kuku, a fantastic cook with a hope to start a restaurant, his father has already made the decision. He will have to go to college, study and get into NASA. Kuku of course has little inclination towards studies, much like his pal. Unlike him though, his pal Ronnie is luckier. His family soon gifts him a business to run! Things already at a tipping point, Kuku ends up looking foolish in front of the girl he has fancied all his life. With best friend suddenly too busy to understand Kuku's plight, he finds support in an elder cousin.
Siddharth Malhotra's naive Kuku and Ashish Juneja's perky Ronnie look convincing. Amit Sial lends his own to the character of Prabhakar, the opportunist cousin. Simran's character starts out well but suddenly loses soon all importance and has little to do in the story.
The problems in the film outweigh the good. For one, the film seems as long as it's title. The director, Aman Sachdeva, lets the story unfold in his own pace and fails to cut it short even after the climax is over. Also, Kuku as a character should have drawn some sympathies but fails miserable to evoke any emotions at all. The film ends up pretty bland and nothing to be reminiscent about - unlike something like Fukrey. And neither does it ever manages to make you laugh, despite being a 'comedy'. At least that's what the makers call it. Okay, there is one scene that made me smile - and this too about the God-man who can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp!
KMKJHG makes for a decent home video watch. I could definitely check out the shots of Kuku cooking - chopping vegetables and making milkshake - clearly inspired by the opening montage of American TV series Dexter. Else this film holds no promise.
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