Rating: 2/5 Stars (Two stars)
Star cast: Siddharth Gupta, Simran Kaur Mundi, Pallavi Batra, Brijendra Kala, Siddharth Bhardwaj, Ashish Juneja
Director: Aman Sachdeva
What’s Good: The spontaneity of the characters and the dhaer saara Delhiness.
What’s Bad: Lack of an engaging storyline, a scattered screenplay and unimpressive acting of the newbies.
Loo break: Quite a few of them.
Watch or Not?: The film’s title itself is so deterring that audiences won’t exactly be attracted to the name of it. And if they are, Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi hardly has anything solid to offer to them. It’s a dull, flat film which doesn’t allow you a moment of fun. The romance doesn’t have any magic and the second half is so convolutedly scripted that doesn’t rise above tedious. The general quality of cinema in this country is deteriorating and films like these are a pile on to mediocrity.
As the title reads the film tells the story of Kuku Mathur who is a timid, unconfident, motherless child stuck up with a strict father who expects him to fare fantastic in academics. However, to make ends meet Kuku has to do odd jobs.
After much rigorous hunting spell, Kuku lands up in a job as a spot boy on a film’s sets where he serves tea and polishes a budding actress’ scooty. His dhai baje friend Ronnie is all he has in his life besides the girl of his dreams, Mitali on whom he has been crushing on since years.
Kuku’s real self emerges only when he cooks. After a climactic fall out with Ronnie, Kuku’s uncle Prabhakar misguides him and though the evil way does help in making true his dream of opening a restaurant, the young guy’s conscience pricks him severely. Will Kuku Mathur revel in the wrong path he has chosen or will set the wrongs right?
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Review: Script Analysis
I wish I could wrap up the script Analysis in a line emphasizing in not very kind words how bad the film was. Unfortunately, I am paid to be unkind. I do have a good word to say about the script, it is not vulgar. Besides that it is everything synonymous to boring and lazy. The meaning of the Colloquial term jhand wasn’t exactly entirely understood by me but I gauged it will be on same page as boring and its synonyms. A motherless boy who lacks self confidence and aspires to cook could be used well if the script writers had understood which of the themes to pursue.
Probably has they worked better on Kuku’s love for culinary arts further, the tenderness of the story would have come out better. The 2.30 am yaar Ronnie and Kuku’s camaraderie too missed a desired spunky. And I can safely tell you, the blame of it doesn’t lie with the actors who might not be in their best avatar but still seemed and looked every bit earnest. The epic fight between Kuku and Ronnie was unbelievable and lacked genuineness. It seemed to be a forced move to create unnecessary drama in a film that desperately needed something to happen in it coz nothing is freaking happening in their God forsaken boring lala land.
If you thought that was all the wrath, I could spew, I have more. Kuku’s prem for Mitali is another stretched tale. Kuku has had his eyes for the lady for 7 years but his lack of guts forms the backstory here. Ofcourse, that is a rare underdog love story, ain’t it?
Kuku’s uncle Prabhakar is another half baked character who prods the young lad to take up the wrong path and though he eventually does end up opening his restaurant, it eventually boils down to a conscience game where moral understanding of things turned prick him. Great story, but done with before. It is often that the most memorable stories aren’t nearly novel but has a fresh essence in them. Kuku is plain boring story, of a Boring guy.
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Review: Star Performances
Siddharth Gupta puts in ample effort but the film fails him. He doesn’t have a scorching screen presence but he is earnest. He fits well in the character and at times even seems endearing.
However, it is Ashish Juneja who scores over the rest of the cast. He is spontaneous and zealous and probably he is more valuable on screen than the lead man himself.
Simran Kaur Mundi is just a pretty face in the film. She practically had nothing to do in a story that revolves around its men mostly.
If Juneja was great, Amit Sial is fantastic. He is right amount of sly and shrewd and Sial plays it with a flair.
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
I wish Aman Sachdeva had bothered so much about the film’s screenplay as much as he invests on needless punchlines. As funny as the punchlines are, the film thrives on the story and not on ‘desperate to be witty’ terms. A film doesn’t flourish on its lines but its story. I wasn’t expecting a very crisp story but multiple use of jhand, as if it was mandatory doesn’t add value to the film’s script.
The problem with the film is it allows your attention to meander all the time. Though scenes like where Kuku gets patronized by a fraud on “enlightenment” do help in achieving the simplistic comedy the film should have been, for most part it is average in most of its departments besides acting. Though we can’t stop hero worshiping in this country, it is actually the script who is the actual hero of every film.
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Review: The Last Word
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi is a jhand film which is better avoided. With a lack of soul and a half baked storyline, the film is a bad mishmash of convoluted screenplay, dull writing and hasty execution. Though 109 minutes helps, the exasperation of having to watch the film surpasses the minuscule joy of it being a relatively short film. Sometimes devil gets the better of me and the concept of being thankless jumps out of the window. Something of the same order happened when I watched a jhand film. I am going with 2/5. Avoid a jhand movie because you aren’t a jhand.
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi Trailer
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi releases on 30th May, 2014.
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