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Fukrey (transl. Slackers) is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language comedy film, directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, and starring Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Richa Chadda, Vishakha Singh, and Priya Anand.[4][5] The story and dialogues are written by Vipul Vig and the screenplay is written by Vig and Lamba. Produced under the Excel Entertainment banner, the film was released on 14 June 2013.[6] Despite a poor opening, the film went on to become a sleeper hit.[7][8]

Fukrey
Fukrey film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMrighdeep Singh Lamba
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Vipul Vig
  • Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
Story byVipul Vig
Starring
Music byRam Sampath
CinematographyK.U. Mohanan
Edited byAnand Subaya
Production
company
Distributed byAA Films
Release date
  • 14 June 2013 (2013-06-14)
Running time
139 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget16 crore[2]
Box officeest. 78.5 crore[3]

Contents

PlotEdit

Delhi-based school backbenchers Vikas "Hunny" Gulati (Pulkit Samrat) and Dilip "Choocha" Singh (Varun Sharma) are perpetually dreaming of making it big. They want to get into the local college but don't have the grades. The college guard Pandit (Pankaj Tripathi) tells them that he can leak to them the class XII papers at a rate of 50,000 per subject. Through Pandit, they meet Zafar (Ali Fazal), a former student of the college and a struggling musician. The fourth character is Lali (Manjot Singh), whose father runs a sweet shop. Lali is currently pursuing his degree through correspondence and like Hunny and Choocha also wants to get into the same college but doesn't have the marks. Pandit tells Lali to donate 250,000 in the college development fund to get a seat in return. Zafar's girlfriend, Neetu (Vishakha Singh), has broken up with him and his father is critically ill and needs money for his treatment.

The four meet up at Pandit's office where Hunny explains his scheme. Each night Choocha has a dream, which Hunny later interprets as a lottery number, which they buy and win. And for every rupee invested, they get ten rupees (basically ten times) back. However, since now they all together need a lot of money, they need someone to invest lakhs. So, on Zafar's insistence, Pandit takes them to meet a local gangster, Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda) where Hunny tells them their scheme. Bholi is ready to invest and Lali also gives his shop papers as mortgage. Bholi tells them to come the next day with the number. However, the same night everyone except Choocha falls asleep.

The next morning, Choocha narrates a fake dream which Hunny interprets and gets a number. They go to Bholi and tell the number. But it backfires and Bholi loses her money. Now to recover her money, she gives them a packet containing drug pills which Zafar, Hunny and Lali have to sell at a rave party the same night. She keeps Choocha as security with her. At the party, Police and Narcotics teams conduct a raid and Lali escapes with packet with the police chasing him. Lali manages to fool the police and reaches Neetu's place. He also sees Zafar there. Neetu throws the drugs down the drain just as the police are about to search her home. The police leave her place warning Lali. Zafar in the meanwhile tells the whole story to Neetu. Lali also calls Choocha telling him to run from Bholi's house which he succeeds in doing.

The next morning, all the five land up at Bholi's place. She gives them 24 hours to pay all the money due otherwise she would take the money by selling Lali's shop. The four are fighting at Zafar's place where Choocha tells them the truth about not seeing the dream. However, he tells them that he slept last night and he saw a dream. Zafar is not interested while Lali, Hunny and Neetu are. Hunny interprets the dream but they are short of cash even after Neetu is ready to give her savings. However, next morning Lali is able to borrow cash from a homeless man who used to remove parts from Lali's motorbike. They invest and win a huge amount.

They go to Bholi's house and give her the money. Then Hunny tells Bholi that he wants to sell those drug pills again and gives her an advance. Impressed Bholi goes inside and returns with the pills only to be caught red handed by the police and Narcotics who have raided her home. In a flashback, it is shown that while Hunny, Choocha, Lali and Neetu were investing the money, Zafar met the Narcotics division and made a plan to catch Bholi and also calls Neetu, Lali, Choocha and Hunny where they confess to the police. Now with Bholi behind bars, the police pardon the four and they are free.

Three months later, it is shown that Hunny and Choocha are entering the same college on horses as they had planned in the beginning of the film while Pandit is shocked and Lali, Zafar and Neetu are having a good laugh.

CastEdit

  • Pulkit Samrat as Vikas "Hunny" Gulati
  • Varun Sharma as Dilip "Choocha" Singh
  • Ali Fazal as Zafar
  • Manjot Singh as Lali
  • Priya Anand as Priya
  • Richa Chadda as Bholi Punjaban (loosely based on real-life Sex Racket Queen Sonu Punjaban)[9]
  • Vishakha Singh as Neetu Singh
  • Bhupesh Rai as Bhuppa Ali
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Pandit
  • Ashraful Haque as Shakiya (stealer of Lali's bike)
  • Anurag Arora as Narco Officer
  • Ajay Trehan as Inspector Khanna
  • Pooja Kalra as Fat woman on bus
  • V.K. Sharma as Honey's Teacher in School
  • Smarty as Young boy in Gurudwara
  • S.K. Lalwani as Zafar's Dad
  • Kumkum Ajit Kumar Das as Zafar's mother
  • Divya Phadnis as Shalu
  • Tejeshwar Singh as Monty
  • Sanjeeya Vats as Lottery Seller
  • Shijkant as Minister's P.A
  • Arun Verma as Pradhan
  • Jatinder Bakshi as Jagrata Singer
  • Mehak Manwani as Lali's girlfriend in the college
  • Michael Obidke as Eddie

ProductionEdit

FilmingEdit

 
Many parts of the film were shot in Miranda House

The film was shot extensively in Delhi at various locations, including Miranda House, where most of the college sequences and opening song was shot.[10]

Re-releaseEdit

The film was re-released in theatres due to public demand and popularity. The PVR Cinemas showed Fukrey along with other movies in September 2013.[11][12]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated it 3.5/5 and quoted, "Fukrey is a twisted and delectably uproarious take on the shortcuts the youth of today indulge in".[13] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN rated the movie 2.5/5 and noted that, "A tighter script and more screen time for the excellent Pankaj Tripathi, as enterprising campus security guard Panditji, might have helped turn this moderately entertaining film into a rollicking good caper."[14] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film a 3/5 rating.[15]

Box officeEdit

Fukrey grossed around 142 million within the first five days of its release.[16] By the end of its second week, the film had collected 290 million nett in the domestic markets.[17] The business of the film was varied across India.[17] It was a success in Delhi/UP and East Punjab, as well as in Rajasthan but average in the rest of the country.[18] The film collected around 20 million nett on its second Friday which was just 20% less than the first day. The second weekend and second week business were excellent for the film.[19] Fukrey collected 360 million in the domestic markets by the end of its theatrical run.[3][20]

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack of Fukrey, released by T-Series on 14 April 2013, featured music composed by Ram Sampath. Lyrics are by Munna Dhiman, Vipul Vig and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba.

Fukrey
Soundtrack album by
Released14 April 2013 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length25:19
LabelT-Series
ProducerRitesh Sidhwani
Farhan Akhtar
Ram Sampath chronology
Talaash: The Answer Lies Within
(2012)
Fukrey
(2013)
Purani Jeans
(2014)
Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Fuk Fuk Fukrey"Ram Sampath, Yash Divecha, Amjad Bagadwa & Vrashal Chavan3:26
2."Beda Paar"Tarannum Malik, Mika Singh4:03
3."Lag Gayi Lottery"Tarannum Malik, Mimosa Pinto, Neisha Maskarenhas, Clint Cabral, Rana Mazumdar, Ram Sampath3:18
4."Karle Jugaad Karle"Kailash Kher, Pradipta Guha, Keerthi Sagathia6:01
5."Rabba"Ram Sampath, Clinton Cerejo, Keerthi Sagathia4:23
6."Ambarsariya"Sona Mohapatra4:08
Total length:25:19

ReceptionEdit

The music of the film received good reviews, especially for the song "Ambarsariya", an adaptation of a traditional Punjabi folk song, performed by Sona Mohapatra.[21][22]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Category Result Recipient Ref.
Screen Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male/Female) Won Richa Chadda (Bholi Punjaban) [23]
Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male/Female) Nominated Varun Sharma (Choocha) [24]
Best Ensemble Cast Nominated Fukrey [24]
Best Screenplay Nominated Mrigdeep Singh Lamba & Vipul Vig [25]
Big Star Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Comedy Film Nominated Fukrey [26]
BIG Star Most Entertaining Singer Nominated Sona Mohapatra ("Ambarsariya") [26]
Star Guild Awards Best Dialog Nominated Vipul Vig & Mrighdeep Singh Lamba [27]
Best Performance In A Negative Role Nominated Richa Chadda [27]
Most Promising Debut - Male Nominated Varun Sharma [27]
Best Performance In A Comic Role Won Varun Sharma (Choocha) [28]
Best Female Singer Nominated Sona Mohapatra ("Ambarsariya") [27]

SequelEdit

On 30 January 2016, a sequel to the film was announced. The sequel will feature the original cast and will be again directed by Lamba and produced by Excel Entertainment. Filming began in August 2016 in Delhi.[29] The film was released on 8 December 2017.[30][31]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fukrey (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  2. ^ Mangaokar, Shalvi (19 June 2013). "Fukrey: slow and steady on the box office". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Fukrey (2013) Box Office Earnings". Bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Priya Anand signed for Fukrey". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Vishakha's part of Fukrey". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Bring on the madness". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Fukrey Emerges A HIT". Box Office India. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Lootera and Policegiri Make Little Impact Raanjhanaa Strong Second Week". Box Office India. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  9. ^ https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/sex-racket-queen-sonu-punjaban-arrested-again-for-forcing-a-girl-into-prostituti/305954
  10. ^ "Scared to approach Delhi girls: Pulkit Samrat". The Times of India. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  11. ^ "'Fukrey' to be re-released on public demand". The Indian Express. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  12. ^ "'Fukrey' to be re-released on public demand". Internet Movie Database. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  13. ^ Taran Adarsh (13 June 2013). "Fukrey (2013) Hindi Movie Critic Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  14. ^ Rajeev Masand (14 June 2013). "'Fukrey' review: Too many gags, not enough plot spoil the film". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  15. ^ Saibal Chatterjee (13 June 2013). "Fukrey movie review". NDTV movies. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  16. ^ Mehta, Ankita (19 June 2013). "Box Office Collection: 'Fukrey' Holds Well, 'Ankur Arora Murder Case' Bombs in India". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Fukrey Collects 29 Crore In Two Weeks". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ "Ghanchakkar Average Opening Raanjhanaa Good First Week". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ Koimoi (23 June 2013). "Fukrey: 2nd Saturday Box Office Collections". koimoi.com. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Picks Up Strongly Lootera Is Poor". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ "Fukrey – Times of India Music Review". The Times of India. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  22. ^ "I'm desi all the way, and am proud to be one: Sona Mohapatra". The Times of India. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Winners of 20th Annual Life OK Screen Awards 2014". cinebag.com. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  24. ^ a b "Nominations for 20th Annual Screen Awards". Bollywoodhungama.com. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  25. ^ "Life OK 20th Annual Screen awards". apunkachoice.com. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  26. ^ a b "Big Star Awards 2013 – 2014 Nominations Nominations". cinebag.com. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  27. ^ a b c d India Today Online (16 January 2014). "9th Renault Star Guild Awards releases list of nominees". India Today. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  28. ^ "'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' wins eight awards at Star Guild". dnaindia.com. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  29. ^ "Fukrey sequel announced: Pulkit, Varun Sharma, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal will be back". indianexpress.com. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  30. ^ "'Fukrey Returns' to release on December 8". The Times of India. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  31. ^ "Here's how Pulkit Samrat is prepping for Fukrey 2". The Indian Express. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.

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