Actors: Kapil Sharma, Ishita Dutta, Monica Gill, Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Inaamulhaq, Jameel Khan, AanjjanSrivastav
Director: Rajiv Dhingra
First things first, a trailer if you haven’t had the luck to watch the movie (or even the trailer) yet-
You know, when a comedian wants to go beyond his field of expertise without putting in a lot of ‘extra’ efforts, trying to impress too much, he has actually gone too far. All in all, the love story did not make its mark for us.
As for a person like Kapil Sharma, the audience is not quite ready to watch him in a non-comical or an occasionally comical role as yet and he should really be understanding it already. It just makes it worse when he romances on screen with a woman half his age (Ishita Dutta.)
Firangi is a classic example of an unnecessary movie, launched possibly just to reduce the faith in Bollywood a little more. It is set in the 1920s, ‘inspired’ greatly from Lagaan; where an Indian freedom movement is gaining momentum and a particular Indian national believes that the British rulers are not as horrible as they seem to be. Kapil Sharma plays the role of this jobless Indian (Manga) who has an unparalleled smile, romances with Shyamli (Monica Gill) and manages to overdo the evil at their own game. Ishita Dutta plays Sargi and Mark (Edward Sonnenblick ) wants to have Sargi vacate her village for selfish financial reasons and Manga must protect the land to win over Sargi’s parents.
The problem, however, lies a lot more in the length – which is way too stretched- than in the plot itself. Like there’s a point when you tend to get sick of the characters but stay back because you have paid for it. Also, the movie is very fake to speak of. The same set of background artists stroll over everywhere, there’s no authenticity, the accent is more of American than British and all the villages look no different from one another. For the good, however, a few members of the cast are very pleasurable to look at and the tracks will have you tapping right at the first beat. Also, Edward Sonnenblick and Anjan Srivastav(the Gandhi bhakt) have done some great job at acting as well as imbibing their raw madness to the roles.
A very boring movie with a somewhat fun climax, Firangi does not even pass off to the ‘one-time watch’ and we’d have it have possibly just a 1.5 stars on 5. Do not waste your time/money on this, rather watch Coco or just take a good nap, you guys!