Film: Fool N Final
Director: Ahmed Khan
Producer: Firoz A Nadiawala
Cast: Sunny Deol, Shahid Kapur, Ayesha Takia, Johny Lever, Paresh Rawal, Vivek Oberoi, Om Puri, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Gulshan Grover, Arbaaz Khan, Sharmila Tagore
Take Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, rewrite it in Hindi, throw in a whole lot of senseless, nerve racking ‘jokes’ and add more Bollywood heavyweights than you can count on you finger tips. What you arrive by doing this futile task is a film called Fool N Final.
A supposed comedy, the film is narrated in a comic strip format and revolves around a diamond that has been carted off to Dubai. While in Dubai, Rocky (Chunky Pandey) does exactly the opposite of what had been instructed and soon enough Moscow Chikna (Arbaaz Khan), a Dubai based don learns of this information. Already in a deep mess, it is up to Raja (Shahid Kapur), Tina (Ayesha Takia) and Chubey (Paresh Rawal) to get the diamond and hand it over to Chikna.
On the other hand, somewhere in the comic strip; Lucky (Vivek Oberoi) a wrestling match fixer, owes JD (Zakir Hussain) money. To save his skin, he gets Munna (Sunny Deol) to fight the match for him. However things do not go as planned and everything backfires. Everyone who knows about the diamond is found in pursuit of it, including G9 (Jackie Shroff), a hired assassin. In addition to aforementioned a family crisis has been thrown in to provide for the absence of melodrama.
For starters this film has been shot in a locale (Dubai), which has been covered extensively in innumerable films. The locale is neither intrinsic to the story (it could have very well been any place) nor has it been showcased breathtakingly.
The way the film has been narrated, is also slapdash. The posterized scenes flowing into one another randomly not only makes it hard to concentrate but also makes you wonder, what is it that they were trying to attain. The inclusion of the tangents (sub plots), additionally make it hard to concentrate on the main aspect, which is who finally gets the diamond.
With so much going on, the least one would expect humorous lines rendered by characters. The dialogues are neither noteworthy nor do they fill you with any sense of humour. Furthermore with the digression into the various other stories, the notion of watching a ‘comedy’ is lost.
While the film screams Snatch, the editing is quite the opposite. The least one would have expected is some slick editing. The urgency of reaching the diamond could have very well been brought out, such was not the case. The camerawork bordered on the lines of being average. Most often, if you bother looking at the screen you could see the whole crew’s reflection or shadows.
While for most parts of the film you are dreading the decision, there are certainly a lot of reasons this movie proves to be an OK watch. The funky styling provided to each actor, not only speaks volumes of the character, but also manages to raise the awareness level of the viewer of current trends. Also, what is laudable is Ahmed Khan’s choreography, which brings Himesh Reshammiya’s tracks to life on screen. They are hip, groovy and will certainly be appreciated by a youthful audience.
The various stunts that have been performed in the film are thoroughly entertaining, especially Kapur’s BMX chase sequence. Additionally a few scenes involving Rawal and Lever have you laughing till the scene is interrupted by a third character.
The biggest let down was the performances by rendered by all the actors. Barring Rawal and Lever, no actor manages to deliver an honest to character performance. Takia, for the few minutes of screen time delivers a fair act. Kapur and Oberoi; though there for most parts of the film, do not manage to shine whatsoever. Deol with all the screen presence fails to provide a good act. Reddy in the one minute role she holds, hams through it. The two actors who were completely wasted were Sharmila Tagore, Pandey, Grover and Om Puri. The others are reduced to being mere fillers… what a shame!
Fool N Final besides lacking any sense of direction or story, fails to provide even the frivolous amusement. This film is not something you want to add to the list of to do things this week.