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Upperstall Review

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Fruit & Nut

 

Hindi, Comedy, 2009, Color





Jolly Maker (Cyrus Broacha) is a simple, hard working middle class struggling bachelor in search of love, money, friends and success working as a clerk/accountant in office of a greedy and corrupt builder named Khandar (Mahesh Manjrekar). Jolly is typically nerdy and un-stylish. He is also accident-prone and leaves a trail of disaster behind him. One fine day in broad daylight, Jolly's beautiful, sexy, smart and snobbish colleague, Monica (Dia Mirza), gets mysteriously kidnapped. Through a roller coaster ride and series of comical mishaps, Jolly Maker finds himself in the middle of plot that has been hatched by an insane ex-Maharaja (Boman Irani) to destroy Mumbai!!



Fruit & Nut is yet another senseless, stupid, juvenile and unfunny film and there's been a lot of them this year, surely an all time low for Hindi cinema. Just when you think Hindi filmdom cannot go any lower, along comes a film to prove you wrong, week after week.

A clever line or a gag or two cannot sustain a full length feature film. How many times have we seen this? Barring an odd in joke or a sporadic, clever one liner, nothing works here. There is just too much effort in trying to be funny whereas the essence of good comedy is to have a funny situation and play it straight but most of our films just don't realize that as they go into total ham territory. Worse, most of the gags and situations in the film are non-happening at the conception level itself and even a seasoned performer like Boman Irani can do nothing with the script and the less said about the other performances (all in hypermode) the better. Cyrus, in particular, is woeful, with no sense of comic timing whatsoever. Honestly, apart from the filmmaker, the producer too is to blame here. Who at Studio 18 thought there was a film here? Surely on reading the script (if one can even call it that) they should have realized that this was a turkey.

The technicals too cannot do anything in a film like this, a total waste of time and money. Avoidable.


Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan


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