Connect with us

Movie Reviews

Firangi Movie Review: It Is  Deliriously Enjoyable Even For Non-Kapil Fans!

Subhash K . Jha

Published

on

Kapil Sharma in Firangi

Starring: Kapil Sharma, Monica Gill,Ishita Dutta, Anjan Shrivastava, Edward Sonenblick

Directed  by: Rajiev Dhingra

Rating: ****(4 stars)

In  his second  –and far  superior to the  first—outing as a feature-film star,Kapil Sharma  has a special skill.

He kicks ass.Literally. With one  foot in the butt he can heal the most stubborn backaches.

It doesn’t take long for the curious British officer—yes, Firangi is set in the Colonial Raj—to hone in on our hero Manga’s unique talent.The  rest of this wildly enjoyable  pokerfacedcomedy  has a lot  to do with how Manga uses his talent to get his way with the Gora Log.

First things first. Firang  is  an original and frequently clever take on the tricky relationship between  the Colonizers and the Colonized .And  though Kapil Sharma is  no Aamir Khan and  this is  no Lagaan, Firangi  often careens  audaciously towards making a complete fool of itself but pulls back just in time to stay within the realm of the tongue-in-cheek.

Take a bow, then,  Kapil Sharma  .And his director Rajiev Dhingra for a film that offers the elementary pleasure of  a cinema that relies on simplicity artlessness and  a humorous candour to  glide across a well-executed colonial saga where the  Britishers are  not barking tyrants and the Indian peasants are  not  always the doe-eyed oppressed innocent creatures we want them  to be or have seen them being in films as diverse as Manmohan Desai’s Mard andAshutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan .

For a  film that aims  only to alchemize  British India into primal entertainment—and succeeds in doing so—Firangi displays a great eye for visual detail.From the clothes and mannerisms  of the British characters  to a matchbox with the British flag painted on it….Shabana Kannnam’s art direction and Rashid Rangrez’s production design  are topnotch, much more so than the flippant tone and  offhand execution  of the buoyant plot suggest.

Throughout the lengthy  but never dull  narration,  director Rajiev Dhindra employs an offhand tone, that suggests we don’t take the quirky  colonial  saga too seriously. But look closely. You will see  the film leaves  nothing to chance.  From the  attractive songs and theeyecatching authentic  locations in rural Punjab to  the  absolutely delightful supporting cast…Firangi gets  it right in the bright light.The Glare never blinds the characters and their doings.

Every cameo of the villagers in  revolt against the local British ruler(Edward Sonenblick, playing the  White oppressor with some arrogance and some  compassion) is well-etched .Kumud Mishra as a buffoonish royalty sucking up to the Britishers represents a very true chapter of  history from  the  British India when  princely states sold themselves  out to the  Britishers.Inaamulhaq as Kapil’s pal has to run around in a bridal outfit for the climax whileAnjan Shrivastava as a Gandhian freedom fighter must project righteousness without seeming  pompous.

Every actor succeeds  in walking that  tightrope where clownish Colonialism must be cloaked in massy entertainment without the  plot plunging into anarchy. Many of the actors, including Monica Gill as an  Oxonian Rajkumari manage to be borderline  caricatures, larger-than-life yet endearing, none more so than Kapil Sharma who brings a great deal  of improvised warmth to  his  role as a  reluctant rebel .

Those who think Kapil’s days are  numbered  should make  it a point to see what unrehearsed  energy he  brings to even the most  mundane  conversation about a  bar  of soap.

And  guess who  makes a  very special appearance  at the end? No, it’s not Sunil Grover.

Must Read

Featured3 hours ago

Article 15 Is What Cinema Is Meant To Be

Article 15 Starring Ayushmann Khurrana,Manoj Pahwa,Kumud Mishra Directed by Anubhav Sinha Rating: *****(5 stars) In one word, Article  15  is spellbinding. It is everything that  cinema was ...

Featured12 hours ago

No Fighter,Please…Tiger Shroff Denies Alleged Title

Tiger Shroff’s actioner with his idol Hrithik Roshan which Siddharth Aand is currently directing for Yashraj films, is in a...

Featured12 hours ago

Sunaina–Roshans Situation Gets Stickier

There is tremendous distress in the Roshans’ household, a state of anxiety and dread dominates the family at the moment....

Featured13 hours ago

What Are Kartik Aryan & Sara Ali Khan Up To?

This is not a prying piece about two people in love. Kartik and Sara are young and single, and they...

Featured2 days ago

Anubhav Sinha’s Hardhitting Political Drama Gets 5 Nominal Censor Cuts

The winds of liberality are blowing across the corridors of the CBFC.Anubhav Sinha who has acquired the reputation of being...

Featured2 days ago

Scoop: Varun Dhawan Denies December Marriage Rumours

Excitable portals have a way of jumping the gun, even when it comes to very private affairs such as marriages....

Mahesh Bhatt Mahesh Bhatt
Featured3 days ago

Mahesh Babu Starts Shooting His Next In Kashmir From July 4

After a bracing European holiday Mahesh Babu is back in the thick of things. Preparing to play an armyman for...

Featured3 days ago

Kabir Singh Team Quiet Over Charges Of Misogyny

Toxic masculinity, misogyny, abuse, rape…these are some of the misdemeanours that critics,specially female , have hurled at Shahid Kapoor’s new...

Entertainment4 days ago

Sacred Games Not Delayed Because Of Me, Clarifies Saif

 There are reports  that the second season  of  Sacred Games has been delayed because  of  its two principal  actors’ busy schedule.  According...

Entertainment4 days ago

Don Franchise May Die A Quiet Death

  With Shah Rukh Khan no longer willing to be part  of  the Don series,  the franchise may  no longer  be carried forward.According to ...

Entertainment4 days ago

Chala Murari Hollywood Hero Ban-ne

Mallika Sherawat ,Aishwarya Rai Bachchan , Priyanka  Chopra….Bollywood is crazy about getting noticed abroad . Years ago Shabana Azmi was all charged about ...

Entertainment4 days ago

Mallesham Pure Simple Biopic With A Heart Of Gold

Mallesham(Telugu) Starring Priyadarshi Pullikonda, Ananya Nagalla Directed by  R Raghuraj Rating: ****(4 stars) In the week when  the Telugu  neo-classic Arjun Reddy, one of the cockiest  most  obnoxious ...

Entertainment5 days ago

Alia Bhatt’s Role In RRR Not Up To The Mark

On Karan Johar’s recommendation Alia Bhatt  had been offered  the female lead  in  Rajamouli’s weirdly  titled  RRR .She  eagerly grabbed the...

Entertainment5 days ago

Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt Finally Open Up On Arth Remake

BOf all the iconic roles that  the  formidable  Shabana Azmi has played the  one that stands out as super-iconic  is  the...

Entertainment5 days ago

Katrina Can Rejoice, Salman Is On Her Side

Having given two consecutive  thundering flops  with  the two other  Khan superstars  ,  the doomsday prophets secretly  thought that Katrina Kaif would...

Entertainment5 days ago

Kabir Singh Gets A Spectacular Opening, Shows Being Added In Theatres Across The Country

“Better than Bharat,” is  how one  trade expert  describes the opening  of  the new Shahid Kapoor starrer KabirSingh. Belying all  expectations,and defying all the savage ...

Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor,
Entertainment6 days ago

Alia Bhatt Heads For a 10-Day Break To NY With Ranbir, Tells Us Why

 There has been some speculation about why the  Varanasi schedule of  Ayan Mukerjee’s Bramhastra was  cut short . There were  rumours of the   film’s...

Entertainment6 days ago

CBFC Turns Prudish, Beeps Cuss Words In Spite Of ‘A’ Certificate Kabir Singh

It looks like the sanskaari days are back at the  censor board. In a move that  would most certainly make the  formerCBFC chief   Pahlaj Nihalani smile,...

Featured6 days ago

Rebel Without A Pause, Kabir Singh Is Arjun Reddy Reloaded

Kabir Singh Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Suresh Oberoi,Arjan Bajwa, Kamini Kaushal Written  &  Directed : Sandeep Vanga Rating:****(4 stars) Remakes,  more often than not, disappoint. This one doesn’t.  Kabir Singh doesn’t quite...

Entertainment6 days ago

Seriously! Woman Who Stages Her Own Attack In The Karan Oberoi Case Is Out On Bail, Karan Oberoi Reacts

The  woman who accused singer-actor Karan Oberoi of rape and extortion and who  was caught  staging a physical attack on herself  to minimize...

Entertainment6 days ago

Vishal Krishna: I Don’t Need To Defend Myself Against People With Axes To Grind

 As  the  Nadigar Sangam election in Chennai  approaches on June 23, actor Vishal Krishna who’s  contesting the elections, finds himself under attack from several  quarters ...

Entertainment7 days ago

Tigmanshu Dhulia & Crew Vandalized & Violated, Dhulia Speaks

 Shooting for a web series  entitled Fixer on a property  in Mumbai’s Mira Raod, proved  a very painful experience for director Sohum Shah and his ...

Entertainment1 week ago

Karan Oberoi’s Accuser Arrested

The  woman who accused  singer-actor Karan Oberoi of   sexual transgression  has been arrested for lodging  a false complaint against  Oberoi. The...

shah rukh khan shah rukh khan
Entertainment1 week ago

Shah Rukh Khan, Son Working Together In A Movie

 But not in the  way we would like them  to. Hang on, though. It’s still exciting enough . Apparently  Shah RukhKhan...

Entertainment1 week ago

Murder Mystery: Aniston,Sandler Attempt To Lift A bad Film

Murder Mystery(Netflix) Starring Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler Directed  by  Kyle Newacheck Rating: **(2 stars)  Cruising  along in this corny-going-on-obnoxious  takeoff on the Agatha...

Featured1 week ago

Ranbir Kapoor No Release In 2019, Only 1 Release In 2020 Here’s Why

In spite of the blockbuster status accorded to his last release Sanju, Ranbir Kapoor has not gone on a signing...

News & Interviews1 week ago

Akshay Kumar Miffed With Rohit Shetty?

All is not well between the bonding-for-a-blockbuster duo of actor Akshay Kumar and director Rohit Shetty who have started shooting...

Featured1 week ago

Coolie No 1 In London,Ha Ha Ha

David Dhawan’s remake of Coolie No 1 is to be shot in London. Considering there are no porters in any...

Bollywood News2 weeks ago

Have Deadlines Killed Our Conscience?

 Is that why they’re called dead-lines?  Have deadlines killed our conscience?  Have we media-persons become uncaring insensitive news  maniacs? How ...

Featured2 weeks ago

Karan Johar’s Quickie Scheme To Reimburse Kalank Losses

 The  horror  franchise which  Karan  Johar has  kick-started  with a  bang  by announcing  Bhoot, is  a loss-compensating  strategy, meant to  minimize  the  financial setbacks...

Entertainment2 weeks ago

Priyanka Chopra Gets Even With Salman Khan

Salman Khan being Salman Khan, it surprised  no one  to know  that he kept taking continuous  potshots at PriyankaChopra for opting out  of Bharat  at...

Hrithik Roshan On Kanganas Nepotism Debate Hrithik Roshan On Kanganas Nepotism Debate
Entertainment2 weeks ago

Embarrassment For The Roshans Increases With The Kangana Factor

With Kangana  Ranaut’s vocal sister  Rangoli’s tweet suggesting that Hrithik Roshan’s sister Sunaina has been calling Kangana  to offer secret and silent support  in Hrithik-Kangana war, the  Roshan family now...

Bollywood News2 weeks ago

Priyanka Chopra Has Serious Competition In Her Married Life

 It’s not easy being married to the eldest  son of a  successful entertainment family in America. This  tragic truth Priyanka Chopra—and now...

Featured2 weeks ago

Hema Malini Speaks On Being A Grandmother Again

“I am a Naani all over again,” beams my favourite Dream Girl hours after her elder daughter Esha gives birth...

Featured2 weeks ago

Embarrassment For The Roshans Increases With The Kangana Factor

With Kangana Ranaut’s vocal sister Rangoli’s tweet suggesting that Hrithik Roshan’s sister Sunaina has been calling Kangana to offer secret...

Featured2 weeks ago

Fall-out Between Vashu Bhagnani & David Dhawan Is A Media Myth, Says David

This is a producer-director combination that could most comfortably be certified as the entertainment industry’s Jodi no.1. Producer Vashu Bhagnani...

Featured2 weeks ago

Vijay Deverakonda “ I Want Kabir Singh To Be A Massive Blockbuster”

Sandeev Vanga who redefined the Telugu cinema’s hero with Arjun Reddy is ready with its Hindi remake Kabir Singh ....

Featured2 weeks ago

Buddy Buddy Baatein: Here’s looking at the 10 most celebrated friendship films of filmdom.

Dosti(1964): Long before Friendship Day was invented and much before Bikram and Bala, that is Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor...

Movie Reviews2 weeks ago

Game Over Takes Tapsee To Level Next

Game Over Starring  Tapsee Pannu, Directed  by Ashwin  Saravanan Rating: ****(4 stars) There is blood on the hands of  all  of us who  quietly...

Featured2 weeks ago

Varun Dhawan’s Girlfriend Now Officially A Dhawan Family Member

Suddenly Varun Dhawan marriage after prolonged dillydallying is happening sooner rather than later. Apparently Natasha Dalal has given her nod...

Featured2 weeks ago

Suhana Khan Not Making Her Debut Anytime Soon

There are growing whispers of Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana’s Bollywood debut soon. It is being said that Suhana is...

Featured2 weeks ago

Deepika Padukone Paid Rs14 Crores For “83

Ranveer Singh has excitedly spoken out about his fourth pairing with his wife Deepika Padukone for the sports film 83...

Rishi Kapoor's Next Movie Gets Postponed Rishi Kapoor's Next Movie Gets Postponed
Bollywood News2 weeks ago

No Plans Yet For Return Home, Says Rishi Kapoor

Of late  Rishi Kapoor who is  in New York undergoing  a lengthy medical procedure,has been feeling homesick.The ailing actor,now on the way to...

Bollywood News2 weeks ago

Hrithik’s Sister Is Doing Fine But Needs To Resolve Family Issues

 There were  reports in a  section of  the media  regarding Hrithik’s sister Sunaina’s failing health. Now  they’ve  debunked  by  the...

Bollywood News2 weeks ago

I Am Mother Turns Maternal Movies On Its Head

I Am Mother(Netflix) Starring  Clara Rugaard, Hillary Swank Directed by  Grant Sputore Rating: **(2 stars)  There are  only two human characters  in...

Tiger Shroff with daddy Jackie Shroff and sister at the premiere of his film Baaghi 2. Tiger Shroff with daddy Jackie Shroff and sister at the premiere of his film Baaghi 2.
Bollywood News2 weeks ago

I Loved My Father In Bharat , Says Tiger Shroff

 Tiger Shroff is a big fan of his father Jackie Shroff. He has watched  all his Dad’s film , some of them repeatedly....

Bollywood News2 weeks ago

Shabana Too Shocked To React To Girish Karnad’s Death(But Here’s Her Reaction)

Some of  Girish Karnad’s best works  was with Shabana Azmi. And vice versa. In fact they almost  started  together  in Shyam Benegal’s Nishant  in 1973 , one of...

Bollywood News2 weeks ago

Bollywood Pays Its Tributes To Girish Karnad

Amol Palekar:  “My personal loss is beyond words!It’s an irreparable loss at many levels,cultural, intellectual, and moreover political! Very few artists...

Bollywood News2 weeks ago

Zarina Wahab: The Law Linking Live-In With Rape Must Change

Zarina Wahab has stood with her husband Aditya Pancholi through all  the  stress and strain that they as a couple  have gone through over his...

Entertainment2 weeks ago

Here’s How Vidya Balan Lost Jayalalitha To Kangana

The Jayalalitha bio-pic which is now  being top lined  by  Kangana Ranaut was  first offered  to Vidya Balan. She  was  apparently...

Advertisement

Most Popular