Movie review: FUGLY

Jun 13 2014, 16:57 IST
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FUGLY's plot, especially in the second half, is full of improbabilities. FUGLY's plot, especially in the second half, is full of improbabilities.
SummaryFUGLY begins with a hint of promise, and it could have gone down some paths less travelled. But it meanders, and loses its way.

Movie Review FUGLY: Rang De Basanti layer doesnt help

Star Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Mohit Marwah, Vijender Singh, Arfi Lamba, Kiara Advani, Anshuman Jha;

Director: Kabir Sadanand

Rating: * 1/2

Four friends, one life-changing incident, in Jat-dominated Delhi. F*UGLY* follows the footsteps of the films which take the national capital, throw in a bunch of youngsters, mix em with a mad, bad character, and serve. The result isnt exactly palatable.

The marker was Delhi Belly. Many imitations followed. Last year, it was Fukrey, in which a group of middle class boys ran afoul of a foul-mouthed female don. Now we have F*UGLY, which the filmmakers define as `Fighting the Ugly, or some such, right when the opening credits roll. That in itself, and the things that follow, are worthy of an eye-roll.

Dev, Gaurav and Aditya (Mohit Marwah, Vijender Singh and Arfi Lamba respectively) and Devi (Kiara Advani) are BFFs. Having a girl in the gang results in the films only true moment : after a run-in with a lecherous shop-keeper, she sinks into rage and helplessness, very familiar feelings for women who have been subjected to this kind of humiliation. And who hasnt? She knows the difference between a dhakka and a ragad, and she is quite capable of giving it back, but how long can you keep your guard up?

The little skirmish results in the group running slam bang into the drunk-on-alcohol-and-power-policeman, Chautala (Jimmy Shergill). The cop forces them into many unsavoury corners, never once abandoning his sneer, while talking of himself in the third person. A feather-boa sporting fellow (Jha) who goes by the name of Chini, and who organises parties in farmhouses, shows up. And then everything begins unraveling. So does the film.

Its not like a Delhi cop cant squeeze a group of youngsters. It happens all the time, if we go by the sordid stories spilling out in our media. But F*UGLYs cop and kids keep stretching credulity: anyone worth her Dilli namak knows that if you are connected to a neta, you can get away, literally, with murder. Or at least get bail. And heres this cop boxing in a Haryanvi heavyweights relative, played by Olympian Vijender Singh. How believable is that?

Thats not the only stretch. The plot, especially in the second half is full of improbabilities. And its Rang De Basanti layer doesnt help. My favourite is a TV reporter being allowed into the ICU to record a seriously ill

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