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Apr 08, 2011 at 06:19pm IST

Masand: 'Faltu' is a dumb comedy

Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Pooja Gupta, Boman Irani, Riteish Deshmukh, Angad Bedi, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Arshad Warsi

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 popular 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.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

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