Verdict - Too long, too convoluted to be truly funny, it just about entertains thanks to Choocha and Bholi Punjaban.
I reread my review of Fukrey in order to see whether I had liked it for anything more than Ambarsariya and this is what I had written: “Fukrey takes its time to come to grips with its life. When it does, it becomes quite entertaining but the rest of the time it takes the roundabout long route to get to its destination.”
This holds true for Fukrey Returns also. The same old cast of characters return – the 4 friends, Panditji and Bholi Punjaban. The addition is the politician. This time the wheels are set in motion by Bholi Punjaban’s deal with the politician to get her out of jail where she has been for the last one year thanks to the gang of four. The politician asks her for ten crores in a week and to get that she can only think of turning to the fukreys who depend on Choocha’s dreams and Hunny’s ability to interpret them. A crazy scheme is devised which of course goes awry and then things start to escalate and come to a head.
The first half of the movie is slow and can get a bit boring. The second half picks up steam and gets quite enjoyable for a while till it gets boring again towards the end in a bid to wrap things up neatly and tie them up with a festive bow. However, the script is peppered with some good lines and some funny jokes and that keep it going. There is no romance in the movie this time with the female characters other that Bholi Punajban adding nothing to the movie.
Most of the funny moments in the movie belong to Choocha. He is the star of Fukrey Returns. His character is the most developed and his story is the central one, including his romance with Bholi Punjaban. The others, including Pulkit who was the star of the first one, are relegated to the sidelines and only serve to push the story along.
Varun Sharma as Choocha comes into his own and makes the movie a fun watch. It is great to see Richa Sharma living it up as Bholi Punjaban, Her attitude and her clothes are spot-on and it is a relief to see her back in her element after her disastrous performance in Jia aur Jia. She is a natural in this local don role. Pankaj Tripathi’s Panditji with his sudden high flown English words also adds the right comic touch.
The movie is far too long at two hours plus. At under two hours it would have had just the right amount of laughs and action. As it stands, the humour is more sitcom like and keeps you entertained in parts without being involved. The movie just about passes muster thanks to Choocha, Bholi Punjaban and Panditji. But it’s December, and the weather is great, we are in a mood to forgive, wind down and enjoy the holiday season. If you are not very exacting about your entertainment this will work for you.