KUKU MATHUR KI JHAND HO GAYI
Balaji Telefilms, Alt Entertainment and Getaway Films’ Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi is the story of two friends who live in Delhi. Kuku Mathur (Siddharth Gupta) and Ronnie Gulati (Ashish Juneja) are bosom pals. Kuku lives with his father (Soumesh Agarwal) and little sister, Chhota (baby Neha Ahuja). His mother is no more. Ronnie lives in a joint family with his parents and grandfather.
After school, Ronnie’s grandfather starts a shop for him and Ronnie becomes very busy running that shop. Kuku misses his best friend’s company as he has nothing much to do. Pining for Ronnie’s company like in the school days, Kuku one day keeps pestering Ronnie to join him for a drink but Ronnie is so busy that he loses his temper on Kuku. That incident creates a wedge in their friendship. Kuku’s frustrations grow.
Then, one day, Kuku’s cousin, Prabhakar (Amit Sial), comes to his house. He advises Kuku to seek revenge on Ronnie. Since Kuku is an excellent cook who wants to open an eating joint, Prabhakar advises him to steal the goods from Ronnie’s godown, sell them and use the money to start his restaurant. He also advises him to set the godown afire so that Ronnie and his family would never know that he had stolen the goods before the godown had caught fire. Kuku does that.
But then, Ronnie’s grandfather somehow smells a rat. He accuses the godown-keeper, Bihari (Alok Chaturvedi), of having a hand in the godown fire. Simultaneously, Kuku admit to his crime.
What happens thereafter? Does Kuku have to make good the loss of Ronnie’s family? Does Ronnie forgive Kuku?
Vijay Kapoor and Aman Sachdeva have penned a story which was more suitable for a television serial. The screenplay is very childish. Ronnie and Kuku’s friendship is shown to have broken in a jiffy. Kuku is shown to be so dumb that he doesn’t even think of the consequences of his crime if he were to get caught for burning down a godown. Actually, a few individual scenes are comical and funny but the overall impact of the drama is so dull that the audience is left wondering why the film had to be made in the first place. Vijay Kapoor’s dialogues bring out the Delhi flavour beautifully.
Siddharth Gupta does a fair job as Kuku Mathur. Ashish Juneja is endearing and impresses with his easy-going acting. Simran Kaur Mundi is alright as Mitali. Amit Sial is supremely natural and leaves a mark in the role of Prabhakar. Siddharth Bharadwaj is quite good in the role of Himanshu. Pallavi Batra shines as Rosy. Soumesh Agarwal is effective as Kuku’s father. As Kuku’s little sister, Chhota, baby Neha Ahuja makes her presence felt. Alok Chaturvedi is first-rate as Bihari. Roopa Ganguli is also extraordinary as Bihari’s wife. Brijendra Kala shines in the role of Baba. Anup Puri is wonderful as Ronnie’s grandfather. Arun Verma is effective as the film director. Rajesh Sharma is good as Lali. Gurpreet Singh, Inderpal (as the Nike shopkeeper), Rajshree Seem (as Ronnie’s mother), Monika Kohli (as Malti), Tanvi (as Maitri) and the rest lend able support.
Aman Sachdeva’s direction is okay. He has extracted good work from out of most of his actors and has been able to recreate the atmosphere of Delhi beautifully. But his subject leaves a lot to be desired. Music (Dr. Palash Sen, Mikey McCleary, Prashant Pillai, Parichay and Anand Bajpai) is ordinary. Lyrics (Dr. Palash Sen, Deeshant Sehrawat, Ankur Tewari, Manoj Yadav, Parichay, Raghav Dutt and Tanmay Bahulekar) are okay. Song picturisations are nothing to shout about. Amar Mohile’s background music is okay. Uday Singh Mohite’s cinematography is alright. Shazia Zahid Iqbal’s production designing is effective. Editing (by Bakul Matiyani) is so-so.
On the whole, Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi is a dull fare and cannot hope to do much at the ticket windows despite some good comedy. Its very low cost is probably its biggest plus point.