The story of the film Fukri has nothing really fresh to offer to its audience. But the two and a half hour long movie has enough humor in almost all the scenes and you won’t feel bored. Some of you may feel that the jokes are slightly excessive, but still I would say that it will work for the movie’s targeted audience. With a storyline that has similarities with many family dramas that we have seen in the past, Fukri is an okay entertainer.
Lukman is this Mechanical Engineering drop out who is struggling to earn a living. While doing many fraud jobs to make money he did a con job for two young girls in the Fukri family. But the outcome of that resulted in a whole lot of confusion resulting in a new identity for our hero as Lukman Ali Fukri. How did this happen? and what all hurdles are there in front of Lukman (Lucky) is what Fukri talking about.
In a way this movie is a mix of Dileep starrer Karyasthan and Salman Khan starrer Prem rathan Dhan Payo (No accusation of plagiarism). Both movies were ultimately about a guy who solves the issues within/between two families. What Fukri is trying to establish is somewhat the same, but Siddique tweaks it a little bit in the end and makes it a less politically correct one. Like I said, it is the humor that gives the movie an edge. Siddique’s signature confusion jokes, numerous counter dialogues from Nirmal Palazhi, Kalabhavan Niyas, Bhagath and Jayasurya gives that typical comedy film texture to Fukri. Even though it is a little bit annoying at some areas, those jokes are the key factor in making this movie an enjoyable one.
Jayasurya is probably the most suitable actor for this role (other than Dileep) as he has the charm to be that serious character actor along with flair in handling comedy. He did the part nicely. Siddique once again impresses us with his elegant portrayal. Lal fumbles a little bit in being the character. There is a good chance that film makers may go behind Nirmal Palazhy for a while instead of Hareesh. Kalabhavan Niyas and Bhagath Manuel were also good. The female leads Prayaga Martin and Anu SIthara fails in handling those melodramatic scenes. The elaborate cast includes names like KPAC Lalitha, Jananrdhanan, Joju George, John Kaippallil, Mukundan and a whole bunch of comedians whom we have seen in mini screen.
Of late, Siddique’s films haven’t really managed to woo the audience the way him along with Lal did in their early days. The struggle was always in finding a rooted story and in the case of Fukri also we don’t get to see an emotionally gripping story. It is very much like infusing comedy in to an already built structure. Except for the introduction of Ali Fukri, the movie is easily predictable and the film has melodramatic clichés. Music is kind of okay. Vijay Ulaganath’s frames are on the brighter flashy side. I don’t know whether it was a mistake in canning the shots; there were a lot of scenes where they sort of merged different takes of the same shot.
To sum up, Fukri is definitely watchable. It has a not so overwhelming story with enough wit in almost all frames. Questionable flaws and exaggerations are definitely there in the screenplay, but as we are more concerned about jokes in a Siddique film, those glitches sort of balances out.
Fukri is definitely watchable. It has a not so overwhelming story with enough wit in almost all frames.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended