Bheja Fry Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film
Apr 12, 2007 By GaRam

For the uninitiated, Bheja Fry is a non-vegetarian Indian delicacy which in Hindi slang stands for 'racking brains'. And much to your delight the film doesn't live up to its title in any way. Bheja Fry is as vegetarian a comedy film can get without any double meaning innuendoes or slapstick strokes of the David Dhawan or Priyadarshan variety either. Neither does it rack your brain but stings your stomach with the hysterical laughter pangs induced throughout its runtime.

The main ingredient in this Bheja Fry is an idiot who is the hero of the film. And the idea to have an idiot as the hero isn't idiotic at all. The idiot here isn't really dumb but is least conscious or bothered about the world around and doesn't realize that people are laughing on his expense. If you just ponder, you will come across so many idiots like these in real life. Vinay Pathak plays one such idiot with utmost conviction.

Bheja Fry is a story of a group of affluent high society men who organize talent dinners every Friday night. And what are these talent dinners? It's a dinner where all these riches get in one such idiot of their own, who unassumingly displays his stupid talent and the group is entertained on his expense. The one who gets the most entertaining idiot wins. Ranjeet Thadani (Rajat Kapoor), a music company owner is in hunt of one such 'bakra' for his talent dinner. And then he stumbles upon Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak) whom he invites home. Mr. Bharat Bhushan who considers himself as a singer looks forward to this dinner. Ranjeet wife's Sheetal (Sarika) detests her husband's nasty ways of deriving fun and leaves the house out of annoyance on the dinner day. Further things go wrong when Bhushan lands up in the house followed by a lot of unexpected guests including Sheetal's ex-boyfriend (Milind Soman), Ranjeet's girlfriend (Bhairavi Goswami) and an income tax-officer (Ranvir Shorey).

Bheja Fry is a film that doesn't impress by its technical finesse of some superior camerawork or editing patterns. The entire essence of the film lies in its well-etched script. Technically one could say that the screenplay of the film written by Arpita Chatterjee and Sagar Ballary has only around 5-6 scenes with the major part of the setting being in Ranjeet's house. But the writing texture is so superlative that not for a second you get a hint of monotony. The screenplay basically evolves from its wittily penned dialogues by Sharat Kataria. And the dialogues are perfectly supported by the impeccable coming timing of the cast. Also the screenplay carries a lot of conviction which can be corroborated by the fact that Bharat Bhushan, who has no reason to stay back at Thadani's house after the first 15 minutes, remains there till the end of the film without looking forced. Every time he is asked to leave the house by Thadani, the writers give him some compelling reason to stay back.

Without any second thoughts, Bheja Fry belongs whole-heartedly to Vinay Pathak. We have seen the actor in small roles here and there but with Bheja Fry he would emerge as one of the finest comic talents of Indian cinema. And this statement is not an exaggeration by any means. His look, mannerisms, vocabulary, dialogue delivery, laughing style and many other such minute detailing add utmost level of authenticity to his character. Not just his comic timing is flawless, so is his spontaneity. And unlike other comic actors of recent times who make you laugh by poking fun of others, Vinay makes you laugh at his character's expense. Rajat Kapoor as the victim of the idiot's antics compliments Vinay Pathak at every step. He essentially acts as the reactor here, getting aggravated by his continued inanities. Unfortunately the usually dependable comic genius Ranvir Shorey disappoints with a made-up facial expression and a fake accent throughout his part. Fortunately he is just in a special appearance.

Without a star-studded cast but with some brilliant script and performances, B