Saturday, June 14, 2014


Young And Daft

In lawless Delhi (and NCR), it is possible that a nasty and corrupt cop like Chautala could exist. After coming with the idea of a cop blackmailing four youngsters, the rest of Kabir Sadanand’s Fugly has nothing to say.

It’s a dreadfully tacky film, with horrible dialogue (the word pichhwada used so often they could apply for any book of records) and not much sense.

Four friends—who, as kids, found their cheap thrills pissing on newspapers bundles—grow up to be just as crass.  Dev (Mohit Marwah) wants to set up an adventure travel company, Gaurav (Vijendra Singh), the son of a minister hopes to be a boxer, Aditya (Arfi Lamba) inherits a sanitaryware empire, and the token female Devi (Kiara Advani) is a groupie with a wardrobe of crop tops and alibaba pants. They have pet names like Bhim, Dayan, Huggu (translated as Hulk, Witch and Shithead on the subtitles), and get out of drunken scrapes because of Gaurav’s political connections.

When Devi is groped by a shopkeeper, the four of them rush to teach him a lesson. Dumping him in the boot of a car, they drive off, only to have a run-in with Chautala (Shergill) and his sidekick.  Chautala casually butchers their captive, and threatens to implicate them unless the pay up several lakhs “with VAT”.

When they can’t manage to get the amount from their families, he forces them to organise rave parties and give him a share of the loot.  When they protest, things go wrong, and Dev has to resort to an attention-getting gimmick to nail Chautala— something so absurd, that would be laughable if it wasn’t tragic.

A mix of Fukrey, Shaitan and Rang De Basanti, the film tries to make a valid point and then mars it with crudity (a song goes Good In Bed), a raucous soundtrack, terrible execution and a young cast of actors so hopeless that Jimmy Sheirgill chews up the scenery.

As for the slangy title, perhaps nobody in the censor board knew what it meant, and let an obscenity pass. That it doesn’t suit the film is another matter altogether.


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