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Bheja Fry
Samrat Sharma / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
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NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
There's no two ways to say this: Bheja Fry, the directorial debut from Sagar Ballary, suffers from what most Indie budget films these days suffer from - a lack of focused direction, a chaotic production value, a cast that is handled by the director as loosely as he can, and above all a belief that anything can make us laugh.

This is not a film that lacks in concept or in an interesting premise. It has a great bunch of actors to play with, and hey, it has got the multiplex crowd, which will lap this up only too quickly. What it doesn't have is a sense of direction, which doesn't bode too well for a first-time director. All the funny moments, the good bits of the film, are not because of, but sadly, despite the director at the helm.

Like I said, the premise itself is quite interesting, and lends itself to the kind of satirical, absurdist comedy that the film purports to be. Ranjeet (Rajat Kapoor) is a music company head honcho, who with his haughty and full-of-themselves friends, hosts a bring-your-idiot dinner every week. The bunch of snobs gets together and laughs at an unsuspecting individual's narrow world-view.

Ranjeet finds a winning idiot in Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak), but when he hurts himself and can't attend the dinner, he makes the fatal error of spending the evening with the 'idiot'. Bhushan turns the tables on him, as he tries to set his married life and social life right, with very conflicting results. Needless to say, all hell breaks loose in Ranjeet's life.

Vinay Pathak is a consistent delight in the film that spans one night but a lot of events. His deadpan humor is spot on, and he takes to the character like fish to water in a performance that marks the coming of the funny man as a lead actor. There are other players too in the ensemble comedy, and that is where the loose hand of the director mars the proceedings.

Rajat Kapoor and Sarika (as his recently estranged wife) are wavering in their performances, and a sense of disconnected conceit pervades their presence on the screen. It is odd how Ranvir Shorey, the man with the bigger funny bone on film, gets such an underdeveloped and short time in the film, and someone like Bhairavi Goswami with an inconsistent performance gets a pivotal presence.

The problem is not the individuals, though - it's the larger ensemble that fails to fit in together as part of one whole unit. Everyone brings his or her individual presence, but a larger sense of the film is missing. The only people having an absolute ball are Vinay and Milind Soman, two people who obviously got into the director's head better than the rest of the cast.

The dialog is fresh and loaded with the kind of banter you and I might indulge in, but there are moments that are weirdly putting-off in their pretentiousness. The funny moments are guffaw-out-loud, yet there are some that induce groans. Really, the whole film lacks a larger producer's presence so badly. After a bit the whole up and down ride starts to get disconcerting, and there is no way you can recommend such an incoherent mess on its own.

Yet, I still do. If for nothing else, the absolute manic comic timing of Vinay Pathak, and the immensely likeable Milind Soman almost make it worth the while. Even if not for that, the absolutely original premise (not so original after all, though, as a friend pointed out that it is a frame-by-frame remake of a French play/film called The Dinner Game), and a fresh approach in the screenplay might make it watch-worthy. It just hurts to realize that this could have been so much better made.
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  • Cast
    Sarika, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Milind Soman, Ranvir Shorey, Bhairavi Goswami, Tom Alter, Harsh Chhaya, Iklaq Khan
  • Music
    Sagar Desai
  • Director
    Sagar Ballary
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Chalam on 10th Jul 2007, 9:58am | Permalink
Well, I guess no one is ever going to see this note but what the heck..!!
So, here goes..

First of all, Aditya's explanation to Priyanka is totally meaningless.
Yes, Aditya is right in saying that
one can't compare Dhee to this but his reasoning behind that is preposterous. *Most* telugu movies are full of baloney (except for the imagination in comedy side of the movies) and that should be the reason one can't compare a telugu movie to any other movie. Not because the movie did 75-100 days (for Pete's sake Pokiri was shoown forever in AP!!).

And Priyanka, don't get pissed off with the rating. These people have a "GOD only knows what" or "we don't have a clue what we do" method of rating. The reviews are *sometimes* good but they don't match the rating. Whatever!!

As far as this movie is concerned, I found it amazing. May be Samrat has a point here and there but on a whole he didn't make sense. The rating is nonsense and the reasons given don't make a whole lot of sense. Samrat says he recommends the movie if for nothing else but for the absolute maniac comedy timing of Vinay Pathak. What Samrat missed is, the movie really had nothing else. He liked Miland Soman, that explains all!!
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8
Pratap Reddy on 5th Jun 2007, 10:33am | Permalink
I agree with the reviewer. This is a pretty average movie... no earth splitting laughter... I felt some of the DD serials in the early 90s like Flop Show etc had better comedy quotient. This movie is really below average... no great comedy as everyone says and no great scenes to laugh at... I would say there are better made movies than Bheja Fry.
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4
Aditya on 22nd Apr 2007, 11:53am | Permalink
hai priyanka,nice to see your comment.haven't seen this film,but guess you can not compare Dhee(Telugu) and this.that is a mass film which might do 75-100 days,while this will mostly go in 3 weeks.aditya.chaitali2gmail.com
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6
Priyanka Rao on 22nd Apr 2007, 10:08am | Permalink
FullHyderabad.com gives a 2* to this one and a 3* to Dhee. I have seen you rip apart better movies than Dhee! If the average rating for this movie by users is 4.11 samrat, go take a break.
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8
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