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Class dismissed



Rating: 1.5

April 01, 2011

Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Puja Gupta, Angad Bedi, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Arshad Warsi, Ritesh Deshmukh

Director: Remo D’souza

Four friends with no interest in academics create a fake university so they can fool their families into thinking they’re getting a real education. This premise was the foundation of the lame 2006 comedy Accepted, of which Faltu is an even less enjoyable rip-off.

Directed by well-known Bollywood choreographer Remo D’souza, Faltu is, for the most part, a dumb comedy about dumb kids partying. Jackky Bhagnani plays a slacker who enlists his pals to set up a sham college they can pretend to attend, while in reality they do nothing else but get drunk, laze around in a swimming pool, and break into dance routines. Some hundreds of similarly unambitious kids sign up to share the same empty dream, and Arshad Warsi and Ritesh Deshmukh star as the only approving adults who participate in their vacuous plan.

Like the American film it shamelessly plagiarizes, Faltu might have been marginally tolerable if it had no pretentions of being anything more than a raucous campus comedy. But in the second half the film wants to make a serious comment on our flawed education system; and modeling itself after 3 Idiots, it makes a case for vocational learning. You have long-drawn scenes in which kids train themselves in everything from tattoo design and hair-styling to fitness and cookery, relying on tutorial videos by professionals in the business.

If Faltu never works, it’s because the script doesn’t have a shred of integrity. The film doesn’t raise one original argument or convey a definite point of view. The entire movie in fact, appears to be an excuse for the actors to participate in a never-ending string of music videos. And although some of the songs are hummable, by the time the eighth musical set-piece plays out, you’re completely and utterly exhausted.

It doesn’t help that the singularly unattractive cast doesn’t have one acting bone between them, and that the film feels much longer than its roughly two hours running time.

I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for Faltu. Getting a root canal is less painful.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

5 Responses to “Class dismissed”

  1. Rahul Sompura says:

    Shocked to hear that even Chandan Roy Sanyal is bad in the movie… He was terrific in Kaminey

  2. priyabrata says:

    I will not watch this

  3. Abhishek Jain says:

    Sir your every last last line is like a summary of the whole review. Its awesome. But i quite liked the movie because i think i was the TG they wanted to reach..lolz. The dialogs where Chandan Roy Sanyal’s dad says you should have fear so that you remain in limits works a lot for me and for todays youngsters. I would go with 2/5. But truly respect you Sir.

  4. Leela says:

    come on accepted wasn’t a lame comedy to begin with it’s something you old brains wouldn’t grasp.

  5. Sajid says:

    Come on Mr. Masand accepted was never a lame comedy….it was Justin Long’s best work…

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