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Friday, 30 May 2014

Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi

Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi (KMKJHG) is a movie that is definitely made from the heart but will at best find itself as a complicated 6 word clue in a random Dumb Charades round of an even more random Inter Collegiate Festival.  It is way too simple a story and needed to be packaged too well for it to be a success.

KMKJHG is the story of – no points for guessing – Kuku Mathur (Siddharth Gupta).  Kuku comes from a household of a single father and a younger sister.  He lost his mother many moons ago.  She was electrocuted – the details of which are thankfully not described in graphic detail.

Kuku’s dream is to be a restaurateur someday.  There is nothing that he does better than cook.  In fact, he does all the cooking at home.  Kuku’s father is however, like most Indian fathers, keen that his son graduates and becomes a scientist at NASA. But Kuku only manages a 90%.... in Physical Education!!!

Well, after completing his Higher Secondary, Kuku’s best friend Ronnie Gulati (Ashish Juneja) gets himself a new shop courtesy his grandfather.  The shop is creatively named Ronnie matching centre. The grandfather runs a saree shop next door – what great business thinking I say.

Anyways, to cut a long story short, Ronnie and Kuku have a fall out.  Kuku’s cousin Prabhakar (Amit Sial) gets him to loot Ronnie’s godown of `15 lacs worth of material and burn the godown.  Kuku takes the money to open Kuku Kwality Café in an attempt to get back at Ronnie.  Of course he doesn’t feel great about the entire episode but it’s too late now.

KMKJHG runs fairly well for the first hour or so.  It comes as a movie made sincerely.  There are enough laughs to keep you interested in the movie.  But somewhere along the way it loses its tempo and turns into a soppy guilt tripped story about doing the right thing and “enlightment” (Delhi for enlightenment).

Siddharth Gupta  and Ashish Juneja are pretty decent but the scene stealer is of course Amit Sial as the Prabhakar Bhaiyya whose methods of getting back at his back stabbing best friend are stuff that legends are made of.  Simran Kaur Mundi is nothing more than furniture.  Overall, quite average.  5 on 10.  Nothing you cannot see on TV.

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