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Bheja Fry: Must Try
Bheja Fry once again re-establishes that small is beautiful. The film packs in humour very effectively in a satirical manner. Though a low budget film, it is the intelligent writing and brilliant performances that have made a difference.
THIS FRIDAY’S release Bheja Fry does what most of the Hindi films fail to do. Entertain.
The film is neither a classic nor does it break any new grounds in cinema; in fact, technically there are a couple of shots that are under-lit, the cuttings have continuity jerks; still it is intelligent writing and brilliant acting that worked for this modest small-budget film.
The film tells the story of a music tycoon Ranjeet Thadani (Rajat Kapoor). He has devised a new stress busting technique. Every Friday he and his close pals get a budding music talent to perform at their ‘dinner party’ and make a tart out of him / her. His latest catch is Bharat Bhooshan (Vinay Pathak). Bharat Bhooshan thinks he is a musical genius. He works at the income-tax office.
Ranjeet suffers a broken back and his wife, Sheetal (Sarika) wants to walkout. In such a scenario, enters Bharat Bhooshan. With his simplistic looks and even more simplistic or rather idiotic mannerisms he gets on Ranjeet’s nerves, till the time he bridges the acrimony between Ranjeet and his wife. Or does he? The film has an open end.
Vinay Pathak is a revelation in this movie. He is a terrific actor. Lending him commendable support is Rajat Kapoor. The rest of the cast, though having small parts fit in perfectly. Sarika, Milind Soman, Ranveer & Bhairavi Goswami have been aptly cast.
The film works mainly because of the camaraderie that Vinay and Rajat shares. Just watch them in the following scenes:
  • Rajat ordering pizza and Vinay in a very animated manner directing him not to forget to order extra cheese.
  • Vinay accidentally calling up Suman Rao; and Rajat repeatedly requesting Vinay to hang-up.
  • Vinay reminiscing, his wife Indu, walking out.
  • The sequence where Suman Rao asks the meaning of ‘tharki’ and Vinay telling her tongue-in-cheek – nymphomaniac. The reaction on Vinay’s face after she slaps Rajat, mind-blowing!
The writing here is not brilliant but intelligent. There are very many facets that have been left unexplored.
Why doesn’t Rajat just let Vinay go?
The reasons given for Vinay’s stay at Rajat’s place are flimsy and unconvincing. Still audiences tend to overlook them.
The characters are not fully developed but the witty one liners and whacky timing of the actors lift the film from ordinary to watchable.
Directorially, Sagar Ballary succeeds; however, here the credit will be taken by the lead actors.
The film starts on a slow note, boring at times, but once Vinay is introduced to Rajat, the film gathers pace.
The film doesn’t have any songs and has a short length of about 92 minutes.
The film might not be enjoyed by conventional Hindi film audiences but for those looking for entertainment Bheja Fry is a must try.
Rating: 6 on 10
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