Feb 082018

Producer Ritesh Sidhwani says movies automatically find their own commerce, platform and people

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Ritesh Sidhwani

Producer Ritesh Sidhwani, after the success of Fukrey Returns, is geared up for his forthcoming film “3 Storeys”. He says movies automatically find their own commerce, platform and people. Sidhwani, along with actors Renuka Shahane, Pulkit Samrat and Richa Chadha, were present at the trailer launch of “3 Storeys” on Wednesday in Mumbai. He was asked why he chose “3 Storeys” after a commercial film like ‘Fukrey Returns’.

Sidhwani said: “No, this film was done much before ‘Fukrey Returns’. We were waiting for the right time to release the film. “I have been getting a lot of questions about the story of this particular movie, which is very different, but I don’t know what the definition of commercial cinema is. “Was ‘Fukrey…’ commercial and did anyone expect it do that well? I mean no one can say that.

“We did a film in 2006 called ‘Honeymoon Travels’ and nobody at that time thought that we were talking about packaged honeymoon and nobody thought that ‘Kahaani’ (2012) would be commercial, so I feel it’s about the story and the content and I think films automatically find their own commerce, platform and people.” “3 Storeys” is produced by Sidhwani, alongside Farhan Akhtar and Priya Sreedharan.

Asked about the film’s release date being shifted more than once, Sidhwani said: “This is not the decision we can make alone. We have to take in the factor of other films. “Because of ‘Padmaavat’, a lot of films were getting pushed. We moved our film from December 1 to December 15 and then to December 18. “So, we needed to find the right date for the release, especially for a film which is special.”

He said the delay was not due to any post-production issues. “We thought this is the right window to do it and we are going to release it on March 9. Also, nothing has changed. It’s the same movie that we were going to release back then.” The film also features Aisha Ahmed and Masumeh Makhija. It explores stories of people living on the three different storeys of a chawl, while dealing with love, betrayal and everything in between with its unique narratives. “3 Storeys” is helmed by debutant director Arjun Mukerjee.

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Dec 092017

Just after Bollywood’s ‘Bhaijaan’ Salman Khan visited the team of ‘Fukrey Returns’ and gave a thumbs up to ‘Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai,’ the film’s team visited Salman Khan’s ‘Bigg Boss 11’ to celebrate the success of the film

Just after Bollywood’s ‘Bhaijaan’ Salman Khan visited the team of ‘Fukrey Returns’ and gave a thumbs up to ‘Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai,’ the film’s team visited Salman Khan’s ‘Bigg Boss 11’ to celebrate the success of the film. The cast had a gala time on the set of ‘Bigg Boss’. Salman Khan not only congratulated the team for the initial collections and outstanding word of mouth but also expressed his interest to watch ‘Fukrey Returns’.

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The team of ‘Fukrey Returns’ on the sets of ‘Bigg Boss 11’.

Superstar Salman Khan danced to the tunes of the quirky and super popular song ‘Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai’ along with the cast, Varun Sharma, Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Vishakha Singh and Manjot Singh in pivotal roles. ‘Choocha’, character name of Varun Sharma continued his ‘Jugaad’ as he predicted that ‘Bigg Boss’ will be successful as long as Salman Khan hosts the show. Also, his prediction says that he will continue to host all the forthcoming seasons of ‘Bigg Boss’.

Varun Sharma, Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadha and Manjot Singh had a blast with Salman Khan on the sets of ‘Bigg Boss 11’, which is clearly visible through the pictures. The sequel to 2013’s ‘Fukrey’, ‘Fukrey Returns’ has garnered a thunderous opening at the box office raking in a whopping 8.10 crores on day 1. The film is expected to continue its dream run owing to the outstanding word of mouth.

‘Fukrey Returns’ is co-produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner of Excel Entertainment and directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, the film has released worldwide and has been taking the audience on a fun ride.

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Dec 082017

It all starts with the familiar story that we all remember from ‘Fukrey’ (2013). The gang of four—Choocha (Varun Sharma), Honey (Pulkit Samrat), Lali (Manjot Singh) and Zafar (Ali Fazal) are still in the lottery business. However, Bholi Punjab (Richa Chadda) is out of the jail and wants to start from where they left off.

To understand ‘Fukrey Returns’, you don’t need to watch the first part, as the director explains the gist of the previous part in the opening credits.

But the factor that made ‘Fukrey’ such an entertaining watch is totally missing in the sequel which ruins all your expectations that you might have after watching the fun-filled trailer. And here’s why it shouldn’t have returned.

Fukrey Returns© ExcelMovies

Deja Vu Or Dejaa Choo?

Call it what you want, it doesn’t matter. The feeling of it hangs throughout the film, as it fails to shake away the effect of the first one. ‘Fukrey Returns’ is nothing new and looks almost the same. But those elements are far less impactful and ruin all the fun.

Fukrey Returns© ExcelMovies

Moves Aimlessly

The whole drawback with the film is that it moves from one point to another aimlessly, making us tired of the loose ends. There are scenes when you feel it might grow but it remains intact, making literally no progress at all. It gives you a feeling of an unplanned circus that wants to do so much in so little time.

Fukrey Returns© ExcelMovies

A Painful Comedy

‘Fukrey’ was indeed a fun comedy but the same can’t be said for its sequel. Of course, it has its moments but they are just not enough. The only ones who fare well are Choocha and Honey, who will leave you in splits. But rest are pretty disappointing; even capable actors like Richa Chadda and Pankaj Tripathi can’t do enough to hold our attention. If not an original, the sequel could have been some fun but there is hardly anything in the story that can keep the actors going. And now we understand why Ali Fazal mentioned to us in an interview that he didn’t want to do this film, but did it because it was being made.

Fukrey Returns© ExcelMovies

MensXP Verdict

Coming quickly to the point, this movie that could have been a full-on laughter riot but unfortunately, it just slogs. Blame it on the box office success of ‘Fukrey’, but coming back with a sequel after a four-year gap makes you realise that ‘Fukrey Returns’ is not even one percent as entertaining as the original. Some things are just best left untouched. Choocha, Honey, and Bholi Punjab return after a hiatus, but it makes us wonder: should they have?

Our recommendation: skip this one and better watch the original again!

Nov 132017

When ‘Fukrey’released back in 2013, it surprisingly became a Box Office hit and rightly so. It was one of those movies that managed to surprise everyone not just with its unusual yet great storyline, but also with the excellent performances delivered by the cast, despite of not starring any big names. All of it obviously left the audience wanting and praying for more and their prayers have been answered. 

The team has been kind (or evil) enough to provide us with sneak peeks over the last few months. The teaser that was released in August this year revealed, much to our excitement, that the original cast is back. Because honestly, without our beloved characters- Hunny (Pulkit Samrat), Choocha (Varun Sharma), Lali (Manjot Singh), Zafar (Ali Fazal) and Bholi Punjaban (Richa Chadda), it was impossible to imagine the movie. 

If you haven’t seen the first installment (Why not though?), let us provide you the basic gist of the story. It revolves around four “Fukrey” Delhi boys who come together and try their hand at rather ‘unusual’ methods to make easy money with the help of the future insights by one of the characters.

After a gap of what seemed like years (but was actually only a couple of months), came the posters to tease us just a tiny bit more about how crazy and wild the second installment is going to be. 

Iss baar, ban jaaiye hissa Fukron ki toli ka and let the madness unleash! #GoingFukra #FukreyReturns @FukreyReturns @excelmovies pic.twitter.com/KwVKqJimDp

— Pulkit Samrat (@PulkitSamrat) November 9, 2017

Not long after the posters were released, one of the lead actors, Pulkit Samrat tweeted a couple of short videos that show him and the other actors just being their usual crazy self. 

We’re crazy, We’re wild, We’re bizarre and We’re back! Buckle up because #FukreyReturnsTrailer13Nov! @FukreyReturns @excelmovies @varunsharma90 @OyeManjot @alifazal9 @RichaChadha @MrigLamba @PriyaAnand @vishakhasingh55 pic.twitter.com/yo1bbqsalN

— Pulkit Samrat (@PulkitSamrat) November 10, 2017

And finally, putting our dismay to an end, the trailer is finally here and this time it’s bigger and better. 

Have a look at it:

The storyline is more or less similar to the first installment with just a dash of more insanity. It follows the four ‘Fukrey’ boys as they get involved in some major trouble over making money, once again. Richa Chaddha is at her bossy best and everyone’s favorite Choocha can’t get more hilarious. Back with its witty dialogues and excellent comic timing, the movie sure looks like it is going to exceed our expectations. 

The film is produced by none other than Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and is directed by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba. It is slated to hit the theatres on December 15 this year.

Aug 102017

In 2013, director Mrighdeep Singh Lamba proved that you don’t always need huge stars to make a film work at the box office. At times all you need is a great script and talented actors to pull that well-written screenplay. ‘Fukrey’ is an example of one of the funniest films out there and if you haven’t watched that film yet, you are missing out on a great dose of laughter. 

And, once again ‘Fukrey’ is back with a sequel and how! In the first installment, the ‘jugaadu’ boys send our favourite Bholi Punjaban (Rich Chadha) to jail. And now she is back to dish out some much needed revenge. 

The teaser of ‘Fukrey Returns’, starring Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha, is out and as expected it to be one hell of a ride. The sequel looks more interesting and funnier than the first as the teaser states, “Ummeed Pe nahi, Jugaad pe duniya Kayam hai.”

Fukrey Returns Teaser Is Out© Excel Entertainment

The two minute clip starts with Choocha (Varun Sharma) who now can see the future and calls it “Deja Choo” instead of Deja vu (because obviously, Choocha is seeing it hence it has to be called choo). 

The squad also includes Pulkit Samrat, Ali Fazal, and Manoj Singh and they are going to land in trouble with you-know-who. Yes, Bholi Panjaban is out of the jail and furious. It looks like the Jugadu boys are in deep-deep trouble. 

Fukrey Returns Teaser Is Out© Excel Entertainment

The fun banter between Bholi Punjaban And Choocha is the highlight of the teaser and makes us want to watch the first part once again. 

Well, I don’t know about you guys but I am definitely in on this madness, after all, how on Earth can you miss Bholi Punjaban And Choocha’s craziness? The teaser loudly screams entertainment, entertainment, entertainment! 

Check out the trailer yourself:

Jul 182017

Richa ChadhaRicha Chadha

Richa Chadha faced continuity issues due to her fringe hairstyle in her recently released web series, Inside Edge. She was simultaneously shooting for Fukrey Returns, the sequel to the 2013 film.

She is reprising her character of the tough-talking female don, Bholi Punjaban. In part two, she is shown coming out of jail. There was no way she could be shown with a hip hairstyle, so Richa had to opt for a dishevelled look.

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