Firangi: Kapil Sharma’s period film is a complete let down and a tedious watch
Movie Review by Anand Jha (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
This movie is a tight slap on the face of logic or anything even remotely related to the pre-independence British Raj era. Kapil Sharma is an excellent comedian but the fact that he can’t bring his characteristic brand of humour to Firangi sinks this ship entirely. Firangi is neither a serious movie nor a comedy, it’s a half-hearted attempt to catapult Kapil Sharma to mainstream Bollywood (he’s the producer).
The film begins by establishing the fact that Manga (Kapil Sharma) is a man who has not achieved much in life but is willing to lend his able shoulders to help people. Bollywood is filled with cliches but this movie is an epitome of cliches. Manga goes to his friend’s marriage and falls in love with Sargi (Ishita Dutta). A few cliches later there’s a song and a dialogue that concretizes the romantic relationship between Sargi and Manga.
In the same yet seemingly stupid parallel universe, Mr. Daniels (Edward Sonnenblick) is a corrupt British government employee. He is hand-in-glove with Raja Indraveer Singh (Kumud Mishra), who’s portrayed as a womanizer and a ruthless king. Daniels and Indraveer decide to open a liquor factory in the village. Also, then there’s the king’s daughter, Princess Shyamali Devi (Monica Gill), who has just returned from Oxford but mysteriously speaks English with American accent. It goes beyond our understanding why Indian royals speak in English with Indians and that too Indians, who are from a remote village. Seriously!
To make things worse, there’s an item song that reveals an important plot point. When there is hardly any semblance of plot in the entire duration of the film, a song is chosen to reveal an important plot point. You know the film is headed for doom!
Moving on to performances, Kapil Sharma hogs major screen time and does nothing much with it. Kumud Mishra is a great actor but his character hardly has any scope or range. Rajesh Sharma, a fine character artiste, gets grossly underutilized. The main gora actor, Edward Sonnenblick fails to impress and so do the two leading ladies, Monica Gill and Ishita Dutta.
On the positive side, the cinematography of the movie is quite nice and manages to take the audience back to the British era. The music is also pleasant. If only songs could instil some life into the non-existent screenplay, then the movie would have been somewhat watchable. But that never happens. The fact that Kapil Sharma hardly gets to do much comedy in this film is sad and almost like watching a thriller movie that doesn’t offer any suspense element till the end.